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Advanced Aircraft Company Awarded AFWERX SBIR Phase II Contract To Continue Development of Next Generation Tactical UAS
sUAS News | 11/09/2022
Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), a developer and manufacturer of distributed electric propulsion tilt-wing and multi-rotor uncrewed aircraft systems for defense applications, today announced it has been selected by AFWERX for an SBIR Phase II contract focused on the further development to investigate its potential to fill capability gaps in the Department of the Air Force (DAF).  This contract will enable AAC to continue the development of its highly versatile Hybrid Advanced Multi-Rotor (HAMR) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) for the United States Air Force. 
AFWERX: How the Air Force and DoD are Supporting Innovation in the Drone Industry – and Vice Versa
dronelife | 10/30/2022
The AUVSI NE UAS and AAM Summit, held at the Northeastern University Innovation Campus, took place last week with an impressive lineup. Among the speakers offering a rare opportunity for an open discussion was Lt. Col. Thomas F. Meagher, Division Chief, AFWERX Prime, Department of the Air Force.  AFWERX is one of the military agencies most actively supporting and investing in new unmanned technology companies, helping startups reach commercial viability and scale through investment, testing, and other services.
What Drones Do US Border Patrol Use? Teal Drones Wins $1 M Contract for Golden Eagle
dronelife | 10/21/2022
Red Cat Holdings Subsidiary Teal Drones Awarded $1M+ Contract from U.S. Border Patrol
US military blacklists DJI
sUAS News | 10/07/2022
The blacklisting provides a path for President Biden to sanction DJI and 12 other Chinese companies. It follows in the footsteps of last year's US Treasury Department ban on US-based persons from trading shares of DJI.
OSU launches national Counter-UAS Center of Excellence, announces $15M contract
Oklahoma State University | 09/23/2022
New center and partnership agreement position OSU as the preferred aerospace defense provider for Fort Sill
What drones are and their valuable service to society
Telefonica | 09/14/2022
Basically, a drone can be defined as an unmanned vehicle that's capable of autonomously maintaining a controlled and sustained level of flight.
AUVSI and SAE International to Host Urban Air Mobiklity (UAM) Event
AUVSI | 09/13/2022
The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and SAE International will co-host the second edition of their Business of Automated Mobility Forum: Flight Path to UAM on September 27-28, 2022.
Berry Aviation awarded R&D contract to develop next generation UAS platform for America's Special Operators
Cision | 08/30/2022
The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Science and Technology Directorate recently awarded Berry Aviation, Inc. a $1.45M contract to design and develop a new Group 1 Unmanned Autonomous System (UAS) for Special Operations Forces (SOF).
Reveal Technology and Teal Drones Demonstrate Multi-Drone Mapping to US Military
sUAS News | 08/18/2022
Military tactical teams' ability to quickly produce accurate maps of areas targeted for military operations can mean the difference between mission success or failure. Meeting this need, Reveal Technology has teamed with Teal Drones – a division of Red Cat Holdings (NASDAQ: RCAT) – to enhance Reveal's "Farsight" mapping software by automatically combining imagery from multiple unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to produce high-fidelity 3D maps. By dramatically increasing the speed of collection, users receive Farsight maps and analytics faster than ever. The groundbreaking technology was recently successfully demonstrated to U.S. Army Special Operations Command near Fort Bragg.
The Blue sUAS Framework: A Conversation with ModalAI
dronelife | 08/16/2022
Many assume the Defense Innovation Unit's (DIU) Blue UAS program focuses solely on ready-to-fly drones. "Blue," however, consists of several distinct, but related, lines of effort.
Vigilant Aerospace Supports RIMPAC 22 Maritime Exercise with FlightHorizon COMMANDER for Historic UAS Flights
Vigilant Areospace Systems | 08/02/2022
Vigilant Aerospace announced on Tuesday that it has provided a demonstration FlightHorizon COMMANDER airspace management system to the US Air Force in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 exercise, currently going on in Hawaii and near Southern California.
ZeroEyes Receives Second United States Air Force AFWERX Direct-to-Phase II SBIR Grant
sUAS News | 07/26/2022
ZeroEyes, creators of the only A.I.-based gun detection video analytics platform that holds the US Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, today announced it has received a Direct-to-Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant from the U.S. Air Force AFWERX for the research and development of unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) automated threat detection. The company has received $1,200,000 in funding to integrate ZeroEyes A.I. gun detection with UGVs at Minot Air Force base, home of the Minuteman III Nuclear Missile Forces and the B-52 Bomber.
Port San Antonio unveils plans for office tower, other new facilities
San Antonio Report | 06/14/2022
Port San Antonio is continuing its construction spree with the announcement of three new developments slated for the former Air Force base that has become a hub for industrial robotics, aviation and defense technology on the city's Southwest Side.
Port San Antonio unveils plans for office tower, other new facilities
San Antonio Report | 06/14/2022
Port San Antonio is continuing its construction spree with the announcement of three new developments slated for the former Air Force base that has become a hub for industrial robotics, aviation and defense technology on the city's Southwest Side.
About Blue UAS
Defense Innovation Unit | 06/07/2022
The Blue UAS effort is a holistic and continuous approach that will rapidly vet and scale commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology for the Department of Defense (DoD). This program consists of 5 lines of effort that curate, maintain and improve a robust roster of policy approved commercial UAS which suit the diverse needs of DoD users. UAS provide novel capabilities in daily life. Commercial drones are increasingly relied upon to study agricultural yields, construction sites, infrastructure, and real estate, as well as deliver supplies, capture extreme sport videography, or assist in search and rescue operations. 
The UK’s wee military recon drones will double as cartographers
Popular Science | 06/06/2022
The Ministry of Defence is spending some $3.8 million to purchase small, smart drones that can build maps and help provide info to people on the ground.
Red Cat Holdings becomes first commercial enterprise to bring multi-drone system to market
sUAS News | 06/02/2022
Red Cat Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: RCAT), a hardware-enabled software provider to the drone industry, announced today that it has completed research, development and production for a four-drone, multi-vehicle system for defense, government, and public safety markets.
U.S. Air Force and Drone Racing League Partner to Celebrate 75th Anniversary – and Accelerate Drone Pilot Skills
dronelife | 05/18/2022
The U.S. Air Force and Drone Racing League (DRL) share a passionate interest in showcasing drone pilot skills and encouraging new entrants into the drone industry.
Flying Dirty: Unmanned Casualty Evacuation on the Contaminated Battlefield
War on the Rocks | 05/11/2022
In recent years, militaries have prioritized adoption of unmanned solutions to offload the most "dull, dirty and dangerous" tasks on the battlefield. The secretary of the Air Force recently highlighted the need for expendable "uncrewed" aircraft to fight in a future great-power conflict, but focused largely on combat aircraft. Leaders should pay closer attention to one of the military's most dangerous and dirty missions: evacuating wounded and dead servicemembers from a battlefield where chemical or biological weapons have been used.
AFRL to highlight innovative weapons, UAS technology and AFWERX at AUVSI XPONENTIAL
Air Force Material Comand | 04/13/2022
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – The Air Force Research Laboratory will showcase programs and technologies in several areas including weapons and unmanned aerial systems, plus avenues for sharing ideas or capabilities with the lab during the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL in Orlando, Florida, April 25-28, 2022.
Beta Technologies Alia Takes First Crewed Military Flight
Transport Up | 03/26/2022
After receiving a Military Flight Release (MFR) and airworthiness approval from the U.S Air Force in May of last year, Beta Technologies' Alia aircraft has now taken its first military crewed demonstration flight, which was flown by two Air Force test pilots over two hours of total flight time across Lake Champlain.
Teledyne FLIR on Counter Drone Solutions: “The Big Problem with Small Drones”
dronelife | 03/11/2022
"The Big Problem with Small Drones (and How to Address It) is a new whitepaper by Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: TDY) on counter drone solutions. The whitepaper addresses the rising risk of weaponized small drones and concludes that successful counter drone measures must take a "multi-layered approach".
uAvionix Announces Acquisition by DC Capital Partners
uAvioni | 03/09/2022
uAvionix is pleased to announce its acquisition by DC Capital Partners, LLC (DCCP). Since uAvionix's inception, the company has leveraged disruptive technology to emerge at the forefront of the unmanned and general aviation markets. Becoming a portfolio company of DCCP will propel uAvionix forward with the means to impact the broader aerospace and defense markets.
US Drone Maker Applied Aeronautics announces NDAA compliant Albatross UAV is now available 
sUAS News | 02/24/2022
Applied Aeronautics, a leading U.S manufacturer of affordable long-range drones, today announced its flagship Albatross UAV is now available in an NDAA-compliant variant. Applied Aeronautics has released this latest upgrade for their popular Albatross platform in response to a growing demand for robust, low-cost solutions from the defence community. 
DroneShield and Allen-Vanguard: Counter Drone Company Partners with Counter IED Firm
dronelife | 02/24/2022
DroneShield Limited, an Australian/US company that produces and markets technology to counter unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and Allen-Vanguard, a US-owned provider of systems design to thwart improvised explosive devices (IED), have teamed up in a partnership that combines the two firms' product-development and marketing efforts.
Echodyne Radars to be Integrated into Northrop Grumman Counter-UAS Systems
Unmanned Systems Technology | 02/19/2022
Echodyne has entered into a partnership with Northrop Grumman Corporation that will expands upon existing efforts to integrate Echodyne radars into select Northrop Grumman advanced defense and security solutions. The initial work will focus on counter-UAS (unmanned aerial systems) solutions, where the high performance and low SWaP size, weight and power) footprints of Echodyne's radars are expected to provide a significant advantage.
Advanced Aircraft Company secures AFWERX contract to develop Next Generation Tactical UAS
aUAS News | 02/09/2022
Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), a developer of long-endurance hybrid-electric unmanned aircraft systems designed for a wide range of commercial, defense and public safety applications, has been selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) AFWERX program for the development of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) as part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program Open Topics 21.2/B Cohort. 
Jaunt Air Mobility receives market research investment to advance U.S. DoD High-Speed VTOL capabilities
sUAS News | 02/08/2022
Jaunt Air Mobility today announced advancing to the next phase of the AFWERX High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) Concept Challenge, a crowdsourcing effort for the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The company is one of 11 companies from more than 200 challenge entrants selected to receive market research investments aimed at advancing solutions that enable optimal agility in austere environments.
The U.S. Air Force Agility Prime Program: Progress in 2021 and Goals for 2022
Aviation Today | 02/01/2022
The Agility Prime program—launched in May 2020 as a U.S. Air Force effort within the AFWERX program—has accelerated electric air taxi technologies and supported commercial investment in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Agility Prime has worked with numerous companies to award more than $100 million in contracts, with four company recipients going so far as to achieve military airworthiness.
Join the FLC for the USCG Showcase
Content Sharing | 01/27/2022
Technology Tension
A conversation with Coast Guard Researchers
Transformative Vertical Flight 2022: Opening Words from NASA, FAA, and USAF
Aviation Today | 01/27/2022
This week, the Transformative Vertical Flight 2022 event is taking place for in-person attendees in San Jose, California, as well as for virtual attendees. The 9th annual eVTOL Symposium includes presentations from researchers, government agencies, and industry leaders. The opening session of TVF2022 featured Davis Hackenberg and Jaako Karras from NASA; Col. Jay Hopkins, US Army, Chief of Staff, FVL CFT; Col. Nathan Diller, USAF, Director of AFWERX; and Steve Bradford from the FAA.
USAF Pilot Conducts First Remotely Piloted Government eVTOL Flight
Flying | 01/24/2022
A U.S. Air Force pilot recently successfully flew an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft during remote pilot in control (rPIC) training, marking the first government flight of a remotely piloted eVTOL
Vertical Flight Society Continues Record Growth, Exceeds 160 Corporate Members
PRWeb | 01/20/2022
The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world's leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that the explosive growth of world's electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft plus significant developments in military and civil rotorcraft have continued to expand its membership.
Sen. Inhofe Praises Senate Passage of FY22 NDAA
12/15/2021
U.S. Senator for Oklahoma Jim Inhofe speaks on the Senate floor to garner support for the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) ahead of a Senate vote.
TulsaLabs Stands up Aerospace Division for Military, Commercial Projects
Executive Biz | 11/22/2021
TulsaLabs, a next generation technology research laboratory, has established a division that will focus on aerospace projects of military and commercial customers.
TulsaLabs Launches Aerospace Division for Commercial and Military Projects
GlobeNewswire | 11/19/2021
AppSwarm, Corp. (OTC: SWRM), a software development company and aggregator of mobile applications, announced the formation of Tulsalabs aerospace division focused on commercial and military projects.
TulsaLabs announces the launch of its aviation division to develop and assist start-ups in the aerospace industry to set-up operations in Oklahoma.
A Veteran’s Day Salute: Inclusive UAS – One Man’s Mission to Bring Drone Flight to People with Disabilities
drone life | 11/10/2021
As soon as he impacted the ground, he knew something was seriously wrong. In December 2016, a freak fall while snowboarding left U.S. Air Force veteran Rob Corbett, a decorated non-commissioned officer and Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) agent with more than a decade of active duty service to the nation, paralyzed from the neck down.
Ever since, he's dedicated his life to bringing inclusion into the drone community by advocating for and training others with disabilities, including veterans and their families.
Near Earth Autonomy and L3Harris demonstrate drone system that delivers life-saving blood to medics in the field
sUAS News | 11/10/2021
Near Earth Autonomy and L3Harris Technologies have announced a successful demonstration of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can autonomously deliver life-saving blood and other medical supplies hundreds of miles away from operational bases to medics in the field.
All-Electric Heavy-Lift RUAS Unveiled
Unmanned Systems News | 11/10/2021
Steadicopter has unveiled the Black Eagle 50 Electric, a new rotary unmanned aerial system (RUAS) powered by electric motors and designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, civilian and tactical missions.
Arlington Capital Partners’ portfolio company, BlueHalo, announces the acquisition of Citadel Defense
sUAS News | 11/09/2021
Arlington Capital Partners ("Arlington") today announced that its portfolio company, BlueHalo (the "Company"), a leading provider of advanced engineering solutions and technology to the national security community, has acquired Citadel Defense Company ("Citadel").
Grand Opening Of The US’s Only Military Drone Museum Based in Caddo Mills, Texas
sUAS News | 10/12/2021
Dallas, TX: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, the Aviation Unmanned Vehicle Museum (AUVM), the only US military drone museum, in Caddo Mills, TX is hosting their grand opening.
Kaman unveils Kargo UAV for autonomous resupply duties
FlightGlobal | 09/21/2021
Kaman has unveiled a new unmanned air vehicle (UAV) design optimised for autonomous expeditionary logistics operations, such as those performed by the US Marine Corps (USMC).
Archer announces eVTOL vertiport partnership and a deal with the USAF
New Atlas | 09/07/2021
With its planned SPAC merger just a week away, eVTOL air taxi company Archer has announced a new deal with the US Air Force, a vertiport partnership with Reef, and a preliminary win in its court battle with Wisk over allegedly stolen designs.
HALE Platforms Provide Vigilance for a Changing World
Shephard | 03/03/2021
As the US and its allies focus on the growing threat from peer competitors, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) could provide 'deterrence by detection', according to a recent report from the US Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA).
New Honda Patent Illustrates Motorcycle-Based Drone
Interesting Engineering | 02/28/2021
Honda is known for its innovation, engineering some pretty awesome robots, and even swappable electric batteries. Now. it seems it has new plans for a motorcycle drone according to a novel patent the firm has filed.
New Capability Now Available for Drones
iHLS | 01/30/2021
The Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) concept enables the warfighter — and/or another aircraft — to instantly determine if an entity encountered is friendly or hostile. With aircraft, the specific technology employed is an IFF transponder, that listens for an interrogation signal and then sends a response that identifies the broadcaster. 
New anechoic chamber lets MSU drone research fly under the radar
The Reflector | 01/26/2021
Mississippi State University's Raspet Flight Lab II is making use of a quiet room for their research, and it is not the library. The lab specializes in research on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and has been focused on research related to drones, both commercial and military, and how to reduce propeller noise while maintaining efficiency and performance.
Cybersecurity and UAS
UASCI/ by Vince Scott | 01/26/2021
Is this you? Just completed a Phase I SBIR on UAS related technology. The DOD sponsor says, "We love you, have budgeted for your Phase II, but you need to get your cyber stuff done." What cyber stuff?
DOD’s New Counter-Drone Strategy Pushes for Collaboration
Air Force Magazine | 01/08/2021
The Defense Department is moving out with its first strategy to coordinate and plan for future threats posed by small drones at home and abroad. The Jan. 7 strategy comes after the military has contended with years-long proliferation of quadcopters and other cheap, widely available aircraft that can easily ferry a weapon or spy on Americans.
Terra Drone completes the investment in Slovenia’s aerospace solutions provider C-Astral
UAS Weekly.com | 11/25/2020
Terra Drone Corporation (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Toru Tokushige, hereinafter called "Terra Drone"), the world's leading provider of industrial drone solutions, has completed their investment on Slovenia-based drone manufacturer and integrator, C-Astral Aerospace (hereinafter called "C-Astral").

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