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An Amazon Prime Air drone

Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

Video Online retail monolith Amazon is recruiting for Prime Air - the much-hyped future delivery paradigm whose modest aim is to "get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles". Jobs up for grabs include a software development engineer who'll need "superb technical, research and analytical …
Lester Haines, 21 May 2014
The Carrotcopter

Scoff ye not: Chap carves crunchy carrot-copter

Video We're obliged to Gary Mortimer of sUAS News for flagging up an entertaining piece of tomfoolery in the form of a quadcopter hewn from vegetables - the entirely convincing "Carrotcopter". The Carrotcopter Sadly, there's no information on the avionics, or indeed the variety of carrot used to create this magnificent flying …
Lester Haines, 21 May 2014

Facebook: We want a solar sky cruiser comms net that DARPA couldn't build

Facebook hopes to operate a fleet of solar-powered flying drones to provide wireless internet connectivity to the poor, it was suggested on Tuesday. And the Mark Zuckerberg-led social network is considering buying New Mexico-based Titan Aerospace for $60m to make this happen, it's reported. Titan's drones fly at vast heights …
Simon Rockman, 4 Mar 2014
Collmotdrones

Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

Vid Researchers have taught flying drones to behave like birds, clearing the way for further development of technologies to marshal swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles. In a paper titled Outdoor flocking and formation flight with autonomous aerial robots boffins from Budapet's Eötvös University Department of Biological Physics …
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2014
The Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its first flight May 22, 2013

US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

The US Navy has completed early test flights on a drone aircraft which sports a wingspan of more than 130 feet (39.9m). Northrop Grumman said that its MQ-4C Triton aircraft has passed a series of nine test runs with the Navy. The trials are designed to test the craft's endurance and manoeuvrability under normal flight …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jan 2014
The UK's shrinking airforce

What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

Christmas is over, it’s grey outside, and you want to look at pages of blue skies, exotic locations, and smooth, aerodynamic models. Yes, you’re ready for El Reg’s dabble in the extreme end of modelling... aircraft modelling that is. Way back in the summer we were invited to a day out at Stow Maries, a refurbished WW1 …
Joe Fay, 26 Dec 2013
Predator drone, credit Wikipedia

Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

An Australian university textbook rental outfit called Zookal has promised to deliver its wares by drone. Zookal has teamed with another Sydney startup, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) outfit Flirtey, to deliver books. Customers order books using their smartphone and once loaded Flirtey's drone homes in on that device thanks to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2013

RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

The Royal Air Force is chuffed this week to announce the graduation of its first class of "remotely piloted air system pilots", who have the job of piloting aircraft they are not actually in. 'Differ only slightly' from the normal ones. Visually, anyway As regular readers of these pages will know, the RAF (with some …
Lewis Page, 4 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

Last week, we offered a brief history of aerial surveillance, with a promise to give a few pointers to the budding DIY spy-in-the-sky. Interest in airborne photography has skyrocketed in the past few years, driven by the availability of lightweight cameras packing plenty of pixels at bargain basement prices. Such kit allows …
Lester Haines, 8 Mar 2013
The Switchblade drone missile for the US Army. Credit: AeroVironment

China's cut-price drones attract Asian and African buyers

China’s inexorable rise as a hi-tech military superpower reached another milestone this week as it showcased a range of new drone aircraft remarkably similar to US machines but pitched at a lower price point to attract buyers from the developing world. The Zhuhai airshow in southern China’s Guangdong province was the platform …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Nov 2012

Home-grown drone finds ‘missing’ hiker

The CSIRO’s long-standing UAV Challenge has borne fruit, with a hobbyist-built drone successfully searching for a dummy – representing a missing bushwalker – with no human intervention. The Canberra-built drone flew over the search area – 1.5 x 3 km – and successfully located the “Outback Joe” dummy. As the UAV Challenge notes …
The Register breaking news

Second US Navy robot stealth bomber takes flight

A second X-47B unmanned stealth attack plane is now flying, and the US Navy expects the robot aircraft to demonstrate operations from an aircraft carrier on schedule in 2013. Air Vehicles 1 and 2 of the X-47B UCAS-D project on the flight line at Edwards. Credit: Northrop Grumman Maverick walked out onto the flight line ... …
Lewis Page, 28 Nov 2011
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US robochopper cargo skyhook gets another $47m

The US Army and Marines' ongoing effort to get unmanned robot supply helicopters into service continues, with a further $47m contract award announced yesterday. The unmanned cargo version of the Kaman K-Max helicopter. Credit: Lockheed You can put a flyboy in there if you want one for some reason The deal, awarded by the …
Lewis Page, 17 Aug 2011
The Register breaking news

US Navy produces smart, cheap 6kg fire+forget missile

US military boffins have added cheap "fire and forget" autonomous seeker heads to basic, lightweight dumb rockets of a type which can be fired in large numbers. By seriously reducing the size and cost of smart weapons, this development is yet another big step towards changing the way wars are fought. The project in question …
Lewis Page, 12 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Airborne killer robot destroys Libyan anti-aircraft missile

Analysis In news which will send a cold chill down the necks of fast-jet pilots and air forces around the world, it has been announced that an unmanned "Predator" drone has destroyed a heavy Libyan surface-to-air missile in Tripoli on Sunday. A Tornado GR4 en route to operations over Libya, pictured from a refuelling tanker aircraft. …
Lewis Page, 26 Apr 2011
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Blighty's expensive Watchkeeper spy-drone in further delays

The troubled, extremely expensive Watchkeeper project intended to supply unmanned surveillance aircraft to the Royal Artillery has hit further technical delays. The first robot spyplanes should have been delivered in February - eight months later than the original contract called for - but they will now arrive "toward year's end …
Lewis Page, 2 Mar 2011
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US robot ornithopter spy-hummingbird in flight test triumph

Amazing news from the world of tiny robot spy ornithopters today, as developers have announced successful flight trials of the tiny robot spy ornithopter "Hummingbird" prototype – so named perhaps because it is roughly the size of a hummingbird, weighs as much as a hummingbird and looks like a horse ... no, sorry, like a …
Lewis Page, 17 Feb 2011
The Register breaking news

Robot naval stealth fighter takes to the air

Vid The disappearance of swaggering pilots from the flight decks of US naval aircraft carriers came a step closer on Friday with the first flight of the X-47B robot tailhook stealth jet. The X-47B is intended to demonstrate that unmanned aircraft can take off from aircraft carrier catapults and land back on deck again using …
Lewis Page, 7 Feb 2011

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