Tag Archives | UAV

Video – Killer Bee: flying wing with a sting

I have a soft spot for the blended wing, and Swift Engineering is keeping the dream alive with its cool-looking Killer Bee UAV. Not surprisingly, perhaps, as Swift’s chief scientist Mark Page was technical programme manager on McDonnell Douglas’ Blended Wing Body. Boeing and NASA continue to work on the BWB, flying the X-48B unmanned […]

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5 minutes with the Skunk Works’ Frank Mauro

It’s conference season again, and last week it was the Air Force Association’s winter symposium in Orlando – where I grabbed 5min with Frank Mauro, vp advanced systems development at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works. Here’s some of what he said. Polecat (video) – LM has decided against building a replacement for the P-175 Polecat flying-wing […]

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Hello, hello, hello, what have we here? Police UAVs

Texas TV station KPRC Local 2 has caught Houston police red-handed – test-flying an Insitu ScanEagle UAV. You can read the report and see hidden-camera video here. Despite staging the tests over ranchland 70 miles from Houston, Plod’s cover was blown and they had to fess up at a press conference later in the day. […]

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Beyond endurance – UAVs tackle the time barrier

Wonder where unmanned aircraft are going? Bigger, smaller, higher, longer? Take a look at Qinetiq’s solar-powered Zephyr, which has just completed a 54h flight, beating the official world unmanned endurance record of 30h 24min, set by Northrop Grumman’s jet-powered Global Hawk in 2001. A fragile-looking thing, the hand-launched Zephyr is at the vanguard of efforts […]

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Swift who?

What’s the connection between these two aircraft? One is the Killer Bee UAV. One is the Eclipse Concept Jet VLJ. Both were built by Swift Engineering, which also built this: California-based Swift is one of several motorsports companies applying their skills to aerospace.

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