Google Acquires Solar-Powered UAV Maker Titan Aerospace

Google has purchased New Mexico-based unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed amount as the search giant seeks to build up its image collection and remote area access offerings, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Alistair Barr and Reed Albergotti write that Titan’s nearly 20 employees will remain in Mexico and continue to be led by CEO Van Raburn. Titan builds...

Tony Abbott: Australia to Buy Northrop’s Triton UAV

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Australia plans to purchase a Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)-built unmanned aerial vehicle for maritime surveillance operations over the country’s northern region, Flight International reported Thursday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Thursday the government intends for the aircraft to help protect Australia’s border, assets and marine resources, according to the report. Andrew McLaughlin writes...

Hexagon Buys Multicopter Systems Provider Aibotix; Ola Rollén Comments

Hexagon AB (NASDAQ: OMX) has bought intelligent aerial multicopter systems developer Aibotix for an undisclosed amount. Kassel, Germany-based Aibotix has been integrated into Hexagon’s photogrammetric and mapping technologies business, Hexagon said Tuesday. “The growing number of applications for UAV-based solutions offers huge growth potential, especially in areas that require frequent and local...

Kratos to Build Navy UAV Command, Control Systems

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A Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ: KTOS) subsidiary has been awarded a four-year, $29.6 million basic ordering agreement to build command and control systems for the U.S. Navy‘s unmanned aerial vehicles. Micro Systems will work to engineer and develop upgrades for electronics and ground control stations used to manage UAVs, Kratos said Tuesday. The subsidiary is part of the company’s...

Roei Ganzarski: Bye Aerospace Tests BoldIQ Software on HALE UAV in ‘Ever Changing’ UAV Operating Environment

Bye Aerospace has demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses BoldIQ software built to optimize operations of the high-altitude, long-endurance hybrid aircraft. The evaluation subjected all four Silent Guardian UAVs to hundreds of mission scenarios across seven million square miles of airspace, Bye Aerospace said Thursday. “The UAV operating environment is ever changing and is constantly...

Northrop Transports Unmanned Helicopter to Navy for Flight Test; George Vardoulakis Comments

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Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) has transported an unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy for flight tests prior to the helicopter’s planned operations start date of 2014. Northrop assembled the second MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter at its Moss Point, Miss.-based facility and the helicopter joins its predecessor at Point Mugu, Calif.-based Naval Base Ventura County for the testing, Northrop Grumman said...

General Atomics to Build 24 Reaper UAVs for $377M

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General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a potential $377,400,000 delivery order to produce 24 MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles for the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force is obligating $305 million in fiscal year 2013 aircraft procurement funds at the time of award and is also acquiring shipping containers, spares and support equipment, the Defense Department said Friday. Contract funding...

Air Force Wants ‘Sense and Avoid’ UAV Tech

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The U.S. Air Force is looking to add a common-airborne sense and avoid technology into unmanned aerial vehicles that are used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Proposed technologies are being mandated to fulfill Federal Aviation Administration requirements and be able to help vehicles perform integrated flight within the National Airspace System, the service said in a Sept....

DARPA Picks 5 Contractors to Develop Long-Range Drone for Small Ships

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Five companies have won contracts from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help design unmanned aircraft that can launch from small ships, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Sunday. John Keller writes the agency’s Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node program envisions smaller vessels as mobile launch and recovery platforms for medium-altitude long-endurance drones. DARPA...

Northrop Wins $114M for 3 Air Force Global Hawks

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Northrop Grumman has won a $114 million contract to provide three unmanned aerial vehicles and related components to the U.S. Air Force, Reuters reported Friday. The company will purchase materials and gears for airborne command and control systems to produce the Global Hawk Block-30 units. Congress told the Air Force to purchase the Global Hawks it originally planned to buy after the branch decided...

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