K-MAX, Ground Cargo Robot Collaborate on Fully Autonomous Mission

The Army paired an unmanned air cargo aircraft with a ground robot to perform an autonomous resupply mission at Fort Benning, Ga., on Aug. 18. The test began with a K-MAX unmanned helicopter which carried a squad mission support system in a sling and delivered it to a mock battleground. The robot then performed resupply and surveillance missions. Continue reading “K-MAX, Ground Cargo Robot Collaborate on Fully Autonomous Mission”

BAE to 3D Print Transforming, Self-Healing Drones by 2040 (VIDEO)

You know how eight-year-olds just dream up crazy ideas for transforming, self-healing, laser-firing robotic war drones? Most of those kids grow up and realize that none of those things are possible. Then, there are the futurists at BAE Systems, who think that the British defense contractor will be capable of building those exact sorts of aircraft by 2040. Continue reading “BAE to 3D Print Transforming, Self-Healing Drones by 2040 (VIDEO)”

FAA to establish center of excellence to deal with issues of military and civil unmanned aircraft operating together

U.S. aviation authorities say they will create a center of excellence for unmanned aircraft within the next year, consisting of representatives from government, academia, and industry to conduct unmanned aircraft research, education, and training. Continue reading “FAA to establish center of excellence to deal with issues of military and civil unmanned aircraft operating together”

AirMule Achieves Major Milestone on the Path to Full Mission Demonstrations

The AirMule, an unmanned VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft developed by Tactical Robotics Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics, Ltd., has successfully completed a major milestone in preparation for full mission demonstrations scheduled for next year. The aircraft has completed several fully automatic test flights in which it carried out take-offs, flights to and from a specified location and landing back at its point of origination. Continue reading “AirMule Achieves Major Milestone on the Path to Full Mission Demonstrations”