Archive | August, 2010

Post-LEMV, P791 still lives

Lockheed Martin has not given up on hybrid airships despite losing a half-billion dollar order two months ago. The surprisingly detailed marketing video above appeared on Lockheed’s YouTube channel last week for the first time.After the Northrop Grumman/Hybrid Air Vehicles team captured the $517 million contract from the US Army to build the long-endurance, multi-intelligence […]

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Special report on military transport: Lift in fortunes

Northrop Grumman surprised me at AUVSI last week by revealing that its new hybrid airship — the long-endurance multi-intelligence vehicle (LEMV) — is designed to provide the same airlift performance as the Lockheed Martin C-130E Hercules. [Read full story.] It figures. There’s no shortage of interest in achieving what Lockheed designer Willis Hawkins clearly got […]

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#AUVSI: Skate UAV flies inside my office

I’ve seen many flight demonstrations before, but never one inside my office. A crew from Aurora Flight Sciences’ research and technology laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, yesterday flew the backpack-able Skate UAV inside Flightglobal’s newsroom inside the Denver Convention Center. I wasn’t in the office at the time, but my co-workers enjoyed the show.

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#AUVSI: UAV baton is passed

The briefing slide on Thursday morning showed an image of a relay race, with the trailing runner who wore an “Air Force” jersey passing a yellow baton to a “Navy” teammate. It appeared during a press conference on the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program. Capt Bob Dishman’s idea was to illustrate the evolution of the […]

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#AUVSI: Integrator wins despite past mishap

Boeing/Insitu confirms the Integrator won the small tacticalunmanned aircraft system (STUAS)/Tier II contract three weeks ago despitecrashing during a key flight demonstration in front of US Navy and Marine Corpsevaluators.In the competitive demonstrations last year, the first of twoIntegrator vehicles crashed on takeoff from the system’s catapult launcher infront of US Navy and Marine Corps […]

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PHOTO OP: F-16 SMASH!

The US Air Force sacrificed one of its beloved Lockheed Martin F-16s on 19 August to test the flight termination system for the unmanned version of the aircraft that is being developed by Boeing to serve as an aerial target drone. The QF-16 will convert scores of retired F-16A/Bs into targets for live missile tests.Photo […]

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#AUVSI: Navy wants UCLASS faster than 2018

A strategy unveiled by the US Navy three months ago toinstall a stealthy unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aboard aircraft carriers by 2018 may seem ambitious, but the service’s top officer wants the capability to arrive even faster.

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#AUVSI: Skunk Works elaborates on UAVs

Lockheed Martin’s advanced development programs division — aka Skunk Works — has chosen AUVSI to lift the curtain on two previously internal concepts for new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).The multi-purpose long-endurance (MPLE=pronounced “maple”) was identified on this blog on Monday, but only by acronym. The artist’s concept of the twin-boomed UAV with a high-aspect ratio […]

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VIDEO: Octo-rotor X8 unveiled at #AUVSI

Draganfly is one of the few remote control aircraft companies who have pushed into the market for high-end, unmanned aerial vehicles. I interviewed founder Zenon Dragan about the company’s newest product — the X8 octo-rotor unveiled and flown for the first time yesterday inside the AUVSI exhibit hall. Read the full story here.

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Fighter spending gone bezerk?

Fighter Chart Feast your eyes on this chart released two months ago by the Congressional Budget Office, which came attached with an alarming note on the blog of CBO director Douglas Elmendorf.“The Air Force has been spending nearly as much annually to purchase relatively small numbers of F-22 fighter jets and Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) […]

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