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The American Navy’s Next Jet May Have Its Own Drone

The next generation Growler electronic attack plane may carry a drone as part of its payload.

The U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler electronic attack plane may get its own pet drone in a future update, FlightGlobal is reporting. The Dash X drone could be deployed by Growler aircrews over hostile airspace, collecting electromagnetic signals and sending them to the waiting jet for analysis. The Growler/drone dynamic duo would be used to identify, locate, and take down enemy air defenses.

The project, funded by the Office of Naval Research, involves stuffing a Dash X drone in a bomb-like capsule designed to hang off the hardpoints of a EA-18G Growler...

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MIT Developing Mach 0.8 Rocket Drone for the Air Force

MIT’s AeroAstro labs is working to develop a drone that can fly at speeds up to Mach 0.8, or roughly 614 mph. Dubbed the Firefly, the drone is essentially a mini-rocket and has a similar shape to a zeppelin. It is designed to launch from a fighter jet and collect data or distract enemy weapons systems.

The Firefly is designed to meet a challenge presented by the U.S. Air Force: develop a UAV no more than 2.5 inches wide and 17 inches long that could be air-launched from a fighter jet and fly at Mach 0.8 for 2 to 5 minutes. After MIT’s recent success building the Peredix swarming drones that also launch from a fighter, the team feels confident they are up to the new challenge.

“There was no vehicle with this speed, at this size, that could deploy off an aircraft,” John Hansman, MIT profes...

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World smallest Drone Spy cam may soon be used by the U.S. Army

THIS IS NOT A TOY BUT A MINIATURE CAM TOOL FOR SOPHISTICATED MILITARY USE

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US Army Flies UAV In National Airspace for First Time

The RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System lands after making its historic flight Sept. 30 at the Custer Hill Shadow Facility on Fort Riley, Kan. This was the first time in the Army an unmanned aerial system was flown in FAA-approved airspace. (US Army photo)

The 1st Infantry Division made history Sept. 30 by flying an unmanned aerial system for the first time in the Army in Federal Aviation Administration-controlled airspace.

RQ-7B Shadow UAS army drone image www.spy-drones.com

Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., launched an RQ-7B Shadow UAS from Fort Riley along an approved air corridor and navigated it back utilizing national airspace.

“We’re breaking new ground,” said Capt. Aaron Griffith, commander, Company D, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div...

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HIGHRISE BUILDINGS STRUCTURAL DAMAGE CHECKS BY SAM THE ROBOTIC DRONE IN THIS VIDEO

HIGHRISE BUILDINGS STRUCTURE CHECKS BY ROBOTIC DRONE SAM

If you were responsible for the upkeep of a 20-story-tall building, you wouldn’t just stand on the ground and look up at it to see if it needed any structural repairs. Instead you’d hire a building inspection service, which would lower inspectors down the side of the building on a swing stage or bosun chair, like window cleaners use. The folks at FTD Highrise Inspection, however, are now using something that they claim is a superior alternative – a highrise-inspecting robot they created, called SAM.



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The robot doesn’t actually cling to the side of the building like Spider-Man, but instead uses a roof-mounted custom rigging system...

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ARMY SERVICES DRONES AT WORK IN WAR ZONES

TINY SPY DRONES IN THE THEATRE OF WAR IN THIS ARTICLE

Each UAV measures just 4 x 1 inches (10 x 2.5cm) and weighs a mere 0.6 ounces (16 grams), making it easy for troops to carry along with the rest of their gear. A built-in camera transmits live video and still images to a handheld control unit at a range of up to half a mile (800 meters).

The Black Hornet Nano flies like a mini helicopter, but is stable enough to withstand harsh conditions and heavy wind. On a full charge, the tiny UAV can fly up to 30 minutes at a top speed of 22 mph (35 km/h), giving soldiers on the ground ample time to quickly survey an area. An operator can also use the control unit to pilot the drone directly or input a set of GPS coordinates for it to follow on its own.
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