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NASA Launches UAV Airspace Integration Contest

NASA will award up to $1.5 million for a robotics competition aimed at demonstrating how unmanned aerial vehicles could fly in the same airspace used by manned aircraft, UAS Vision reported Monday. The challenge’s first phase is scheduled to start in April and will test robustness of UAS, operational UAS …

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Pentagon, DHS Launch Open Source UAV Project

The Defense and Homeland Security departments have partnered with the private sector to develop open source software unmanned aerial vehicles, Defense News reported Dec. 23. Michael Peck writes that the facility for the Open Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems program located at Camp Shelby in Mississippi has a 100-mile restricted air …

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Report: Russia to Test and Buy UAE-Built Drones Early Next Year

The Russian military and a United Arab Emirates-based company have signed a preliminary agreement for the purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles, Defense News reported Monday citing the Russian State News Agency RIA Novosti report. Awad Mustafa writes that the Russian armed forces will test the unmanned United 40 Block 5 long-range …

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Justice Dept Has Spent Nearly $5M on Drones Since 2004

The Justice Department‘s inspector general has released a report which says the department spent nearly $5 million on unmanned aircraft from 2004 to 2013. The FBI has spent more than $3 million on drones, while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has spent almost $600,000 and plans to use …

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Report: China Ramping Up Armed, Unarmed Drone Development

China has deployed unarmed reconnaissance and ocean surveillance drones in Northeast Asia near Japan, the Senkaku islands and along China’s southern coast, the Washington Times reports. Citing U.S. intelligence officials, Bill Gertz writes China could also send drones to the South China Sea. One drone, the China’s CH-4 drone, appears to be …

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Mike Rogers: Caution Needed For Drone Program Shift

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), House Intelligence Committee chairman, said Sunday the U.S. government should take a cautionary approach to moving responsibility for the U.S. drone program away from the CIA. Rogers told CBS’ “Face the Nation” in an interview the airstrikes have been a “very effective tool in disrupting the …

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