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GA-ASI CONDUCTS FIRST FLIGHT TEST FROM UPGRADED FTTC
Monday, September 18, 2017
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Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper

Source: US Air Force


Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - On August 30, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew its first test flight out of its new Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The GA-ASI Block 5 Predator B/MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) flew a round-trip of approximately 1,075 nautical miles.

This was the longest transit flown by a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in Class A civilian airspace under a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) granted by the FAA. The COA authorized the Block 5 MQ-9 to fly in airspace managed by air traffic controllers without the requirement of utilizing a "chase" airplane.

"This flight signified several 'firsts' for us and for the industry," said David R. Alexander, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. "As we continue to demonstrate our ability to fly RPA safely alongside passenger planes, we further our efforts towards certifying the aircraft and increasing their mission possibilities in Class A civilian airspace."

Additionally, this was the first time an unmanned aircraft operated through multiple spot beams of a High-throughput Satellite (HTS). HTS is a new generation of satellites providing higher data throughput and interference mitigation. As an RPA's mission distance increases, it needs to be able to transition seamlessly from one satellite beam to another. For this flight, the Block 5 MQ-9 communicated with two HTS beams.

GA-ASI announced the completion of a new permanent hangar for its FTTC in Grand Forks on August 21st. The new hangar replaces the temporary facility that had been in operation since June 2016. It houses GA-ASI operational hardware, including RPA and ground control stations, as well as offices and conference rooms. In addition to conducting flight tests, the FTTC operation operates an office building near the University of North Dakota campus that features classrooms and a Predator Mission Aircrew Training System for accomplishing the academic and simulator segments of training.

Source:  General Atomics
Associated URL: http://www.ga-asi.com/ga-asi-conducts-first-flight-test-from-upgraded-fttc
Source Date: September 18, 2017
Posted: 09/19/2017

 
 
U.S. NAVY SCANEAGLE UAV'S TO RECEIVE EO/IR IMAGERY ISR SERVICES FROM INSITU
Thursday, September 14, 2017
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A ScanEagle is Launched

Source: Sentient


A ScanEagle is Launched

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PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - The U.S. Navy has awarded Insitu of Bingen, Wash., a $9.8 million firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0087) to provide unmanned aircraft systems intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance services in support of maritime operations. Specifically, this includes operations and maintenance of the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems and its real-time electro-optical imagery and infrared imagery. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.

The contract work will be performed in the Pacific theater and is expected to be completed in March 2021.

The U.S. Navy has obligated the full contract amount in Fiscal Year 2017 Operations and Maintenance funds at the time of the award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity

Source:  U.S. Department of Defense
Source Date: September 14, 2017
Posted: 09/19/2017

 
 
METEOR AEROSPACE UNVEILS RAMBOW UGV
Monday, September 18, 2017
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Source: Meteor Aerospace


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TEL AVIV - Meteor Aerospace is offering the RAMBOW unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). This is a low silhouette UGV for a range of defense and homeland security missions.

The RAMBOW can participate in a variety of missions such as ground warfare, intelligence gathering and logistical supply, as well as strategic facilities and border defense, with no risk to personnel. This UGV is powered by an electrical drive system and can carry a 700-kg payload. The RAMBOW UGV is equipped with a remote controlled weapon station (RWS).

Thousands of UGVs are deployed in conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Source:  Jerusalem Post
Associated URL: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Meet-RAMBOW-the-latest-unmanned-ground-vehicle-
Source Date: September 18, 2017
Posted: 09/18/2017

 

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