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Drones for Sale: US to Export Armed UAVs

The State Department announced Tuesday that the US will sell armed drones for sale to foreign countries. Meant to empower American allies, many fear exports will spread the deadly technology to countries unfit to handle it.

On Tuesday, the State Department announced that the US would begin accepting applications by foreign states seeking to purchase American-made, armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or “drones for sale”).

The US has pioneered the development and implementation of drones for sale as weapons of war, but it has long been reluctant to sell them.

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Indian Surveillance Drones explained

Click here to watch Indian Surveillance Drone Chase Scene.

The movie Interstellar (2014), starts with a scene where main characters run after an unmanned flying vehicle. After catching, it revealed as Indian Surveillance Drone. Here is idea behind this explained :

A few things to consider:
1) There’s a line in the movie about 6 billion people all wanting the same standard of living, presumably as in developed countries. Meaning people in India and China have stepped it up and are now producing more world class professionals (read: engineers) than anywhere else. Continue reading Indian Surveillance Drones explained

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Anyone wants hydrogen powered drones?

The Pentagon spent millions developing a humongous hydrogen-fueled drone that, it hoped, could fly at soaring altitudes for a week at a time. Now the drone is all on its lonesome, because no one wants to buy it.

Built by drone manufacturer AeroVironment, the Global Observer is a 70-foot-long jumbo drone with a wingspan nearly as long as one of the Air Force’s B-52 bombers. Powered by liquid-hydrogen fuel cells, it was billed as a persistent eye-in-the-sky capable of loitering at 65,000 feet for a week a time without spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The Pentagon also envisioned many missions. The drone’s 380-pound payload of spy cameras and sensors could stare at a diameter of 600 miles of earth at once, while doubling as a communications relay. It could patrol the oceans and possibly track hurricanes — the Department of Homeland Security was interested in it too.

But now no one wants the giant drone. “Currently, no service or defense agency has advocated for it to be a program,” Pentagon spokeswoman Maureen Schumann told InsideDefense (subscription only) in April. This was after spending $27.9 million developing the drone since 2007, which came to an end in December when the Pentagon closed down its development contract, the trade journal reports.

When emailed by Danger Room, the Pentagon didn’t elaborate on the reasons why. “Global Observer was a technology demonstration, not a program,” spokesperson Maureen Schumann wrote. But the Global Observer had run into danger before.

The first prototype, the GO-1, was destroyed in a crash during a test flight — its ninth test — at Edwards Air Force Base in April 2011. (The cause hasn’t been revealed.) The Pentagon had also ordered a second prototype called the GO-2 before the first prototype’s crash, but then renegotiated with the company to buy back the drone before it was completed. It also had a litany of now-former sponsors: the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command — and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

So AeroVironment is stuck with it. “Our production facility has the ability to produce up to five air vehicles per year, our core team is intact and our strategic supply chain ready to move forward when we secure the commitment to do so,” company spokesman Steven Gitlin told InsideDefense in a statement. If all else fails, another option would be for the company itself to fly the GO-2 and “sell the information or service it provides.” But that’s an open question.
Nor is the Global Observer the only giant hydrogen-powered spy drone on the market.

Boeing wants to sell the military on its Phantom Eye drone, which has similar specs and size to the Global Observer. In April, the company took a scale model of its competitor to the Navy’s Sea Air Space Convention, marketing it as a flying communications relay hub for a Navy that’s been trying to better network its warships together. But Boeing’s drone has to overcome a checkered history as well, including a failed attempt by the Missile Defense Agency to stick a laser on it, and technical problems that delayed its first test flight. When it did take to the skies, a landing accident broke the Phantom Eye’s nose landing gear.

A recent flight test for Phantom Eye — it’s third — on April 20 at Edwards Air Force Base had better results. “Phantom Eye climbed to 10,000 feet and remained aloft for 2 hours and 15 minutes –- a dramatic increase from the Feb. 25, flight test when the demonstrator aircraft reached 8,000 feet during that 67-minute flight,” Deborah VanNierop, a spokesperson with the Boeing Phantom Works division tells Danger Room. “We do not have a date scheduled at this time for the next flight, but our goal is to continue routine flight testing until Phantom Eye reaches its maximum planned altitude of up to 65,000 feet.”

Both of these giant drones were also going up against Northrop Grumman’s unarmed Global Hawk, which has already flown thousands of hours of missions for the Air Force over Afghanistan to Libya. Though it’s not certain whether the Air Force will keep the Global Hawk over long term, as it recently sliced off more than $100 million in research spending for the program, and has stopped buying more of them.

It’ll be a tougher job convincing the military to buy a whole other new surveillance drone. Which means the Global Observer’s fate looks like a glum and lonely one.

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What are quadcopters used for?

Today, in mid-2014, the primary use of consumers is for photography and video. These consumers range from hobbyists and wedding photographers up to hollywood studios

Most projected uses are along the same lines – inspection of buildings, equipment, high tension wires, wind turbines, agriculture and much more. These models will use various sensors in addition to standard cameras.

Search and rescue and emergency medicine deliveries are also uses being explored. In fact, the potential is virtually limitless – these are not just flying machines, they are aerial robots which can be programmed to accomplish various tasks.

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Amazon finally test run drone utilization

Gone are the days when one will have to wait for delivery personnel in order to receive their stuffs. Well it would not be much wrongly said that the wait is over. Yes, the long awaited Amazon’s drone delivery of order at doorstep has at last received a go ahead from FAA. To be a bit detailed about the fact, the Federation Aviation Administration has approved Amazon to test run the drones prior to full-fledged utilization of the drones for delivery of their order to their respective customers.

Though this initiative has been taken quite some to shape up, yet as the saying goes its better late than never. Initially, this idea of drone utilization for order delivery by the US’s largest online company was faced with resentment from people and users to a certain extent majorly from the security aspect. After long research and development from all aspect, FAA has issued an allowance to test run the drone for order delivery. It may be mentioned here that the company has been test running the same indoor for some time. Continue reading Amazon finally test run drone utilization

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It’s now birds to improvise drones

HorckWhen science and nature walks a parallel path, innovation excels perfection. Since decades the technological innovation of drones are on the verge of excelling and have accepted a wide range applause and scope. Well as days passes by, technology gets developed exponentially. No exception when it comes to drones. It is now the birds that have been the source of inspiration for drones’ improvisation.

When it comes to birds, most of them posses some semi flexible joints that enables them to operate and fold or fit in their wings while they fly in congested spaces. These joints, however, imparts other benefits also. On impact, these joints tend to absorb the forces while bending inwards which in turn lessens their injury. Consequently, the recovery of these joints after impact is also rapid. This nature skill has been quite motivating to trigger technological of the drones. Continue reading It’s now birds to improvise drones

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Quadcopter vs Drone

With the technological advancement of devices getting enhanced almost exponentially, unmanned aircraft are one of the mostly discussed and utilized products these days. Speaking of the types, the drones, and the quad copters are some of the most heard names. Well here are some of efforts to clarify what exactly are these and how they are different from each other.

Drone: Speaking of one of the mostly heard term these days, a “drone”can simply be defined as an unmanned aircraft. When comparing with an aircraft, the flying unit seems to be autonomous and is being driven through a unit placed inside the plane. However in case of drones, the aircraft stays linked to driving unit outside somewhere that continuously drives and directs it.

Quad-copter: As compared to drones, though the basic construction of a quad core stays to be different but there lies some similarity between the two also. A quad copter, again, is an unmanned aircraft consisting of four rotors only. It should be mentioned here that there is no tail with rotors in it. Again it is being driven and directed via a unit at a distance from it. Continue reading Quadcopter vs Drone