Tag Archives: unmanned aircraft

Gen. Charles Brown: USAF Eyes 6th-Gen Fighter Jets, Unmanned Platforms for Future Fleet

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr., chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said the service branch might need sixth-generation fighter jets as part of its future fleet. Brown recently told reporters that the Air Force may require a Next-Generation Air Dominance platform along with fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft like the F-35.

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Navy Releases Environmental Assessment of MQ-25A Refueling Drone Operations in California

MQ-25A Stingray

The U.S. Navy has issued an environmental assessment stating that home-basing 20 Boeing-built MQ-25A Stingray refueling drones at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Point Mugu, California, will have no significant impact on the environment. Activities that will take place at the naval base include over 960 annual Stingray flight operations and related stationing support for approximately 730 personnel and their families. 

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FAA to Test UAS Security Systems at Five U.S. Airports

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has named five host airports that will test new security systems designed to boost security against drone threats. FAA said Tuesday its Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program will use the gathered input to implement new standards and technologies for airport protection against unauthorized UAS.

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FAA Issues Two Final Rules for Unmanned Aircraft; Steve Dickson Quoted

Steve Dickson

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released two final rules that will require remote identification of unmanned aircraft and permits small drone operators to fly at night and over people under specific conditions. “The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.

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Army, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Prototype Quadrotor Drone Maneuverability Element

Quadrotor Drone

The U.S. Army has partnered with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York to develop a “trajectory planner” element to help improve vertical takeoff-and-landing maneuverability for quadrotor drones. RPI and the U.S. Army plan to conduct further simulation trials for the tail-sitter ahead of hardware integration activities and flight tests.

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Jacobs Completes Test of KeyRadar in AgilePod for AFLCMC; Steve Arnette Quoted

Steve Arnette

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) has certified Jacobs’ KeyRadar in AgilePod for flight testing on commercially operated aircraft under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness criteria. The certification adds to Jacobs’ flight campaign with the AFLCMC for certification of Jacobs' newest version of its proprietary KeyRadar product in an aerial system pod

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Navy Looks to Leverage MQ-25 Aerial Refueling Drone for Long-Range Missions

MQ-25A Stingray

The U.S. Navy has completed a force structure assessment and found that the service branch needs to invest in long-range aircraft to support its future carrier air wing operations. Rear Adm. Greg Harris, director of air warfare at the Navy, said that the service’s procurement of Boeing-built MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refueling aircraft could help the carrier air wing prevent emerging extended-range threats from adversaries. 

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Will Roper: Air Force Eyes Commercial Drones to Replace Reapers

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.

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