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Amazon Delivery Drones to Employ Backup Comms Interface to Protect Packages

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Jan. 3, 2017 — Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) will employ a backup communications interface for its delivery drones as a first line of defense against jamming, hacking and human attacks, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The company plans to utilize a “mesh network” of multiple autonomous vehicles upon the compromise of …

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State Dept OKs $1B General Atomics Predator B Drone Sale to UK

The State Department has approved U.K.’s request to buy $1 billion in General Atomics-built Predator B remotely piloted aircraft and related support from the U.S. government under a foreign military sales agreement between both countries. The U.K. government asked to procure up to 26 Predator B drones, 12 ground control stations, 25 …

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AT&T, NASA Partner to Study UAS Traffic Management Methods; Mike Leff Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Nov. 15, 2016 — AT&T (NYSE: T) and NASA have partnered to study traffic management methods for unmanned aircraft systems in support of secure drone operations within the national airspace, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The company said Thursday it collaborated with the space agency and other firms to develop …

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Mark Testoni: Graph Technology Could Support Analytics for National Security Efforts

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Oct. 11, 2016 — Mark Testoni, president and CEO of SAP National Security Services (NYSE: SAP), has noted that the “graph technology” analytics tool works to support efforts to manage digital information, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. CNN reported Thursday graph technology is designed to identify connections between data, develop algorithms based on …

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General Atomics Develops UAS Mid-Air Recovery Mechanism; Chris Pehrson Comments

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Sept. 28, 2016 — General Atomics has developed a mechanical arm designed to recover small unmanned aircraft systems in mid-flight, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. Breaking Defense reported Monday that General Atomics created the mechanism as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s Gremlins program that seeks to explore  UAS launch-and-recovery techniques. The company also designed …

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General Atomics’ Chris Pehrson: UAVs Should Have Function to Support Mission Reassignment

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Sept. 22, 2016 — Chris Pehrson, senior director of strategic development at General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business, has said unmanned aerial vehicles should have added functionalities to support mission reassignment, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. Pehrson was one of the participants in a discussion of the potential role of UAVs …

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Drone USA Acquires Howco Distributing to Add Facilities, Property; Michael Bannon Comments

New York City-based unmanned vehicle maker Drone USA has concluded its purchase of wholesale distribution company Howco Distributing Corp. for $3.5 million in cash, promissory notes and warrants. Drone USA said Tuesday it will have access to Howco’s facility leases and related intellectual property and establish connections with the latter company’s suppliers and vendors. Howco reported …

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General Atomics to Conduct Final Operational Tests & Evaluations on Army Gray Eagle UAS 

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Sept. 13, 2016 — The U.S. Army has awarded General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems subsidiary a $17.3 million contract modification to perform final operational test and evaluation services on the Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday. The company will conduct work for the program in Poway, California, through August 2017, …

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Intel Gets FAA Waiver for Nighttime Small UAS Operations

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Sept. 6, 2016 — Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) has received a certificate of waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration that allows the company to operate up to 1, 000 small unmanned aircraft systems at night within special security notice flight restricted areas, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. The company said …

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Northrop Taps Raytheon for $104M Air Force Global Hawk Ground Control Modernization Subcontract

Northrop Grumman  (NYSE: NOC) has awarded Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) a potential $104 million subcontract to update the ground controls of the U.S. Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system. Raytheon will equip the mission control stations for the Northrop-built UAS with open architecture that will work to facilitate the addition …

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