The White House plans to reinterpret a 1987 arms agreement to allow U.S. defense companies to increase sales of drones to allies, Reuters reported Friday.Read More »
Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, said the service branch is considering commercial drones and high-end unmanned aircraft as it looks to replace the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper drone, Defense News reported Thursday.Read More »
The U.S. Navy has authorized the USS Gerard R. Ford to use its recovery technology to retrieve propeller and fighter aircraft systems via an aircraft recovery bulletin. The Advanced Arresting Gear works to recover aircraft units, allow large safety margins and mitigate potential fatigue impact, maintenance and manpower needs, the Navy said Tuesday.Read More »
The Department of Energy has awarded $14M in total funding to 10 university-led research projects to develop a new approach to fusion energy production.
DOE said Monday the collaborative research focuses on understanding and assessing the potential use of magnetically confined plasmas in the development of steady-state fusion reactors.Read More »
The U.S. Marine Corps wants to make the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems permanent in its inventory through President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The service requested $117 million in funding to buy three Reapers in the coming year and additional three for fiscal year 2021.Read More »
The U.S. Navy aims to begin the expansion of aircrafts that can be launched and recovered from the next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford by end of 2019, USNI News reported Wednesday. Commander Mehdi Akacem, Ford’s air boss, said the service awaits the launch and recovery bulletins needed to put the ship’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear in service.Read More »
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site is now allowed to fly large drones beyond visual line of sight without a chase plane. The North Dakota State Government said Tuesday that the authorization enables the GA-ASI Predator A and B unmanned aircraft to …Read More »