General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has successfully tested on the ground a space laser communication system that it intends to use to securely transfer data between its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicle and satellites.
BAE Systems has performed a maiden sortie of its solar-powered PHASA-35 high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) from the Woomera Test Range in South Australia. Further flights will follow this year, says BAE.
UMS Skeldar is in discussions with Asia-Pacific navies to sell its V-200 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air vehicle, but the market is still developing, and integrating such a system onto a warship remains complicated.
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