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uAvionix Launches pingStation 2 Dual-Frequency ADS-B Receiver

UAS weekly – 12.01.2021 – uAvionix today launched its upgraded dual-frequency ADS-B receiver, pingStation 2. The high-integrity, low-cost ADS-B ground station provides for networkable low-altitude airspace and airport surface monitoring, as well as Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Ground Control Station (GCS) integration for Detect & Avoid (DAA) capability. pingStation 2 integrates 978 and 1090 MHz ADS-B receivers, GPS, antenna, and Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) interface into an easy-to-install, rugged IP67 weatherproof enclosure.  With a selection of non-proprietary data interfaces, pingStation 2 is designed to integrate into a multitude of end-user applications, including airport displays, UAS GCS, Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Solutions, and Flight Information Displays (FID).  pingStation 2 is robust enough to be permanently mounted outdoors in harsh environmental conditions and small enough to be used as a mobile asset for roaming operations… lire l’article

Can New ‘Magnetic Shield’ Stop Drone Attacks?

Forbes – 12.01.2021 – Cusp Technologies, a tech startup based in Dubai, is advertising a “magnetic shield” to defend against drone attacks and promises to display it at the IDEX 2021 defense trade show in Abu Dhabi in February. The new technology is advertised with an image of drones blowing up as they run into an invisible wall; it appears to be based on a new technique that projects magnetic fields. Is this the counter-drone solution that everyone is looking for? By now, nobody should be underestimating the scale of the problem. The Pentagon released a new Counter Unmanned Systems Strategy last week, noting that readily available drones are creating “hazards to DoD operations in the air, land, and maritime domains” and may be operated by state, non-state and criminal actors… lire l’article

U.S. Military Bases: Could a Drone Swarm Attack Mean Doom?

National Interest – 09/01/2021 – Massive numbers of small drones around the world are presenting an entirely new threat landscape for the Pentagon which must now confront networks of AI-enabled, coordinated attack drones sharing information, passing along targeting details and in some cases even exploding themselves upon high-value target areas. U.S. military installations, command and control centers and even air, ground and sea war platforms could themselves quickly fall victim to drone swarm strikes. A newly released U.S. Department of Defense Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Strategy explains that the current threat circumstances call for new countermeasures, offensive weapons, allied cooperation, doctrine and weapons requirements specifications… lire l’article

Pentagon’s Counter Small Drone Strategy

USNI News – 08.01.2021 – The exponential growth of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) creates new risks for the Department of Defense (DoD). Technology trends are dramatically transforming legitimate applications of sUAS while simultaneously making them increasingly capable weapons in the hands of state actors, non-state actors, and criminals. Small UAS may also pose hazards to DoD operations in the air, land, and maritime domains when controlled by negligent or reckless operators. The Department must protect and defend personnel, facilities, and assets in an environment where increasing numbers of sUAS will share the skies with DoD aircraft, operate in the airspace over DoD installations, and be employed by our Nation’s adversaries. In response to this challenge, the Department initially emphasized the deployment and employment of government and commercially-built materiel to address the immediate risks posed by sUAS; however, it resulted in many non-integrated, redundant solutions… lire l’article

U.S. Department of Defense – Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Strategy

Media Defense – 07/01/2021 – The US Department of Defense leadership recently approved a new strategy to lead and direct Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) activities across the Department. This strategy will provide the framework for addressing sUAS hazards and threats in a variety of operating environments, including the U.S. homeland, host nations, and contingency locations. The Department’s management structure and processes are not written in stone, they are a means to an end–empowering the warfighter with the knowledge, equipment and support systems to fight and win. Department leaders will adapt their organizational structures to best support the Joint Force… voir le document


Dubai tech firm develops magnetic shield to counter drone attacks

Gulf News – 03/01/2021 – Dubai: Cusp Technologies, a Dubai-based tech solutions company, has developed a new system for using magnetic beams in many applications specially in defense and space. One of its main applications is to repel hostile drone attacks. The innovative system is based on the use of advanced magnet technology to create a “magnetic shield” to repel hostile attacks from drones, which are either directed remotely, or have pre-programmed routes. The technology also provides the potential to expand its defense capabilities and create a magnetic shield that can counter any kind of military attacks. “Drones widespread in the past few years, so the risks that these aircrafts pose have increased. This could cause damage to the main infrastructure, and paralyze both trade and travel in many countries,” said Mohamed Saleh, founder and chairman, Cusp Technologies… lire l’article

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Drone-mounted scanner visualises Finsch ore pass to determine serviceability

Mining Weekly – 11/01/2021 – Owing to the use of drone-mounted light detection and ranging (Lidar) equipment, diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ mine engineers have been able to visualise the condition of ore passes for the first time at the Finsch underground mine, in the Northern Cape. The use of Emesent’s Hovermap Lidar technology, through local drone services provider Dwyka Mining Services, helped the miner avoid an estimated five months of remediation work and associated costs of about R5-million. Petra has an interest in eight mines in South Africa and Tanzania, with a combined output of about 3.7-million carats a year… lire l’article

DFR (Drone First responders)

Bantec’s Drone USA Receives Purchase Orders to Supply Atlantic City’s Fire and Emergency Management Department with Drones

UAS weekly – 14.01.2021 – Bantec, Inc., Bantec, Inc., a product and services company, announces that its subsidiary Drone USA received purchase orders to supply Atlantic City’s Fire and Emergency Management Departments with drones. Michael Bannon, Bantec’s Chairman and CEO, stated: “We are excited to supply Atlantic City’s Fire and Emergency Management Departments with the right drone equipment. Drones provide a great and effective tool that ultimately help first responders perform their jobs more efficiently. One drone, equipped with payload and night vision capabilities, will be used to drop automatic flotation devices to swimmers in distress. To quote Elon Musk “The fighter jet era has passed.” There is great wisdom in this statement. Drones and robots in many ways will change the way we accomplish our daily tasks.” … lire l’article

Captain Don Redmond on Chula Vista PD’s groundbreaking drone program

Police 1 – 08.01.2021 – With 4,300 missions under its duty belt, the Chula Vista Police Department’s drone program isn’t just breaking deployment records, it is also reinventing how law enforcement agencies use UAS and drone technology. In this episode of the Policing Matters podcast, host Jim Dudley speaks with Chula Vista PD Captain Don Redmond about how the agency is using drones as first responders… écouter le podcast


Drone to deliver safe boating messages in the Marlborough Sounds

Marlbourough District Council – 08.01.2021 – Move over Air New Zealand, there is a new safety message in the skies – this time over the waters of the Marlborough Sounds. In what is believed to be a New Zealand-first, this Saturday morning Marlborough’s Harbourmaster will trial delivering safe boating messages by drone with a clip-on sound system. The ground (air) breaking project, being delivered in partnership with local radio station brian fm, has been funded by Maritime New Zealand. Harbourmaster Luke Grogan said he was always looking for opportunities to highlight boating safety and seeing drone technology being applied to COVID-19 responses globally sparked the idea. “Middle age blokes are often pretty resistant to the safer boating message but it’s this group that dominates the accident statistics.”… lire l’article

Tech : le marché du drone s’envole en Afrique

Jeuneafrique – 09.01.2021 – Longtemps apanages des seuls États pour les questions de sûreté publique, les drones voient leurs utilisateurs et leurs missions se diversifier sur le continent. En Afrique francophone, les gouvernements du Maroc, de l’Algérie, de la Côte d’Ivoire, du Sénégal et de Madagascar ont pris le parti d’interdire au grand public l’usage de ces engins volants pour le réserver à leurs seuls services de sécurité et administrations. Utiles à l’agriculture, essentiels à la maintenance d’infrastructures ou capables de sauver des vies, l’usage des drones civils est encore loin d’être accessible à tout le monde… lire l’article

Mali, French army deny wedding party killed in strike against militants

Reuters – 07.01.2021 – BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s government and the French army on Thursday denied allegations that a French air strike killed civilians attending a wedding, insisting that only Islamist militants were hit. The incident on Sunday in central Mali’s remote Douentza area comes at a moment of rising anti-French sentiment in Mali regarding the former colonial power’s eight-year military intervention. Jeunesse Tabital Pulaaku, an advocacy group for Fulani herders, published a list on Thursday of 19 people it said were killed, including the father of the groom, and seven more it said were wounded in the strike while attending a wedding… lire l’article

California police arrest suspect with the help of a drone

Drone DJ – 08.01.2021 – Police in Chula Vista, California, have been able to use a drone to help arrest a 17-year-old suspect believed to have been involved in a shooting earlier this week. The teenager allegedly shot a man trying to get the license plate number of a car he was in after it was involved in a hit-and-run. The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday when several 911 callers reported that a man had been shot. Once on the scene, the victim told police he had witnessed a hit-and-run and followed the car believed to have caused it. While following the vehicle, he was shot by a passenger in the car. Officers sent up a drone to search for the man. The drone was able to spot the car and captured the man exiting the car with a gun. The suspect then walked away from the car and left the area… lire l’article

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The Benefits of Tethered Drones

UST drones – 08.01.2021 – Elistair has released an article outlining the benefits of tethered drone systems, which are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) physically connected to and powered by a ground station. The systems are increasingly being adopted for a wide variety of applications including military base defense, border patrol, live-streaming events, setting up temporary communication towers, low altitude satellite surveillance, and more… lire l’article

Drone de combat

Premier vol réussi pour le drone chinois WJ-700 avec des capacités de frappe de précision en combat air-sol – 13.01.2021 – Le 11 janvier, le drone d’inspection et de combat WJ-700 à attitude haute, à haute vitesse et à longue endurance, développé par Haiying General Aviation Equipment, le 3e Institut de recherche de China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, a terminé avec succès son premier test en vol. Les indicateurs de performance clés du drone WJ-700, tels que le temps de vol, la portée et la charge utile, ont atteint le niveau avancé national et international des drones de même poids, avec la capacité d’effectuer des opérations de frappe de précision et des opérations de reconnaissance et de surveillance de zones étendues en combat air-sol, telles que l’attaque au sol, anti-navire et anti-radars en dehors de la zone de défense. (Photo fournie par China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation)… lire l’article

Le nouveau drone russe Okhotnik largue des bombes d’une demi-tonne pendant des essais

Sputnik News – 12.01.2021 – Un drone d’attaque russe S-70 Okhotnik a largué des bombes sur une cible au sol pendant des essais en vol, selon une source de Sputnik dans le complexe militaro-industriel. «La cible a été détruite.». Le drone d’attaque russe dernier cri S-70 Okhotnik (traduit en français par «chasseur») a mené des essais en vol sur le polygone d’Achoulouk dans l’oblast d’Astrakhan. Des bombes non guidées de 500 kilogrammes ont été larguées depuis un espace incorporé, a confié à Sputnik une source au sein du complexe militaro-industriel… lire l’article

La livraison des drones de combat Akinci se fera dans le courant de cette année

TRT – 11.01.2021 – Le chef de l’industrie de défense Ismail Demir a évalué les projets d’industrie de défense locaux lors de la Réunion d’évaluation de l’année 2020 et des objectifs de 2021. « La première livraison des drones de combat Akinci se fera dans le courant de l’année 2021. La production en série du drone armé Aksungur se poursuivra comme prévu. Par ailleurs, le premier lot des hélicoptères de combat Atak Faz-2 sera livré cette année » a-t-il déclaré. Demir a souligné que le système de défense aérienne basse altitude Hisar A+ rejoindra l’inventaire des Forces armées turques en 2021. « Les tests de Hisar O+  (système de défense aérienne moyenne altitude) vont s’achever pour inclure le système dans l’inventaire des Forces armées turques » a-t-il ajouté… lire l’article

Ghatak (SWiFT) stealth unmanned combat drone program reaches new milestone

Indian Defense News – 11/02/2021 – India’s highly secretive unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) program, under which a technology demonstrator called stealth wing flying testbed or SWiFT is being developed, has reached a new milestone. Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment, a Chennai-based lab of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, has handed over retractable landing gear systems for SWiFT. In a technology bulletin released in October 2020, the DRDO had said that it had completed the designing of the landing gear for the program and the manufacturing of the airworthy components was under progress… lire l’article


FlytBase and Hextronics Partner to Revolutionize Aerial Security with DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

UAS weekly – 14.01.2021 – In light of the current global events, most of the human workforce is confined to their homes and business owners are actively seeking new ways to guard their personal and commercial assets 24×7. Using automated drones to guard assets round the clock has become a necessity, and businesses are reaping great value by adopting autonomous drones for security operations. Enterprises of all sizes need smart and scalable security solutions to protect their physical capital and properties; this calls for the need of reliable hardware and intelligent software. As technology advances rapidly in the present world, the security industry too is inducting smart technological solutions with the aim of risk identification and mitigation… lire l’article

Parrot’s ANAFI USA: A Secure Drone Manufactured in the U.S.

sUAS News – 14.01.2021 – Rodney Murray Professional Services Consultant at Skyward : For some time, the commercial drone industry has seen an increasing demand for enterprise-grade drones manufactured in the United States. Whether due to concerns around security, privacy, or quality control, U.S.-made drones can alleviate some worries for drone pilots flying critical or sensitive missions. That’s one reason Skyward partnered with Parrot to offer the ANAFI USA Drone and Training package. This package combines Parrot’s U.S.-manufactured ANAFI USA drone with Skyward’s automatic flight logging and expert training from experienced aviators… lire l’article

AeroVironment to Acquire Arcturus UAV, Expanding Product Portfolio and Reach into Group 2 and 3 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Segments

sUAS News – 14.01.2021 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, and Arcturus UAV, Inc., a privately-held leading provider of Group 2 and 3 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and services, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AeroVironment will acquire Arcturus UAV for a total purchase price of $405 million, including $355 million in cash and $50 million in AeroVironment stock.  The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the AeroVironment and Arcturus UAV Boards of Directors, is expected to accelerate AeroVironment’s strategy to drive profitable growth and value by expanding into attractive adjacent segments and by broadening its capabilities and customer footprint… lire l’article

Boeing owned drone maker to pay $25 million to settle False Claims Act allegations it used recycled parts on military projects

US DoJ – 12.01.2021 – Seattle –Insitu Inc., headquartered in Bingen, Washington, has agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting materially false cost and pricing data for contracts with the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Department of the Navy (Navy) to supply and operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the Department of Justice announced today.  “We expect companies that seek to do business with the government to provide complete and accurate information so contract prices can be negotiated on a level playing field,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Division Jeffrey Bossert Clark.  “This settlement demonstrates the Justice Department’s commitment to take appropriate action when it determines that taxpayer dollars have been misused.” … lire l’article

L’Armée française utilisera les drones de Parrot pour ses missions d’observation et de reconnaissance

L’Usine Digitale – 12.01.2021 – La Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), l’une des direction du ministère français des Armées qui a notamment pour mission de préparer l’avenir des systèmes de défense français et d’équiper les forces armées, a choisi Parrot pour s’équiper en micro-drones. Cette commande s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un appel d’offres lancée en février 2020. Ces engins seront dédiés aux trois armées – Air, Mer et Terre –  pour des missions d’observation et de reconnaissance, d’après le contrat-cadre de 5 ans publié le 11 janvier et repéré par Le Monde. La commande concerne “une centaine de drones” et porte sur le modèle Anafi USA de Parrot. S’adressant aux équipes de secours et aux structures en charge de la sécurité, ce micro-drone quadricoptère de 500 grammes est équipé d’un zoom 32x, de la vidéo HDR en 4K et de fonctions d’imagerie thermique. La détection de cibles de taille humaine est possible jusqu’à 2 kilomètres de distance avec une précision de 13 cm de détail. L’Anafi dispose d’une autonomie de vol de 32 minutes… lire l’article

Skydio Named as CES 2021 Best of Innovation

Medium – 11.01.2021 – Skydio, the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, today announced that Skydio X2 has received the CES® 2021 Best of Innovation Award for Drones and Unmanned Systems. The announcement was made ahead of the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021, the world’s most influential technology event, happening Jan. 11–14, 2021. The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design… lire l’article

Former DJI Exec Romeo Durscher Joins Open-Source Drone Software Platform Powerhouse Auterion

Drone Life – 12.01.2021 – Former DJI Executive Romeo Durscher has joined open source platform Auterion as Vice President of Public Safety.  Romeo Durscher brings his years of passion for using drones to save lives and improve communities to the Auterion team.  It’s a new start that brings value and satisfaction for both Durscher and Auterion: and signifies a shifting environment in the drone industry. “One of the drone industry’s top executives and a highly experienced leader in aerospace and unmanned aerial systems, Romeo joins Auterion from DJI, where he held the role of Senior Director of Public Safety Integration,” says the company announcement. “… lire l’article

Le ministère des Armées commande de nouveaux micro-drones de reconnaissance et de renseignement

DICoD – 12.01.2021 – Florence Parly, ministre des Armées, salue la commande de 300 micro-drones à la société Parrot par la Direction générale de l’armement (DGA). Les premières livraisons sont attendues en juin prochain. Ce marché permettra de réaliser d’autres commandes similaires de matériels pendant une période de cinq ans. Ces micro-drones équiperont les trois armées et seront destinés à des missions de reconnaissance et de renseignement. Ces systèmes de micro-drones collectifs seront en dotation dans de nombreuses unités (forces conventionnelles et forces spéciales) pour répondre à un besoin opérationnel des armées. Ils constitueront des outils supplémentaires dans le paquetage des troupes déployées en opérations, à bord des bâtiments de la Marine nationale, ou pour la protection des sites militaires… lire le communiqué

Drones : Parrot équipera les forces françaises

Air & Cosmos – 11.01.2021 – Parrot et la DGA ont annoncé ce jour, lundi 11 janvier, une commande de 150 de systèmes de drones ANAFI USA, soit 300 drones, devant venir équiper les forces armées françaises. Faisant suite à un appel d’offres émis par la Direction Générale de l’Armement en février dernier, ce contrat-cadre remporté par le groupe français permettra d’équiper les armées de micro-drones, pour la conduite de missions d’observation et de reconnaissance. Alors que la livraison des premiers systèmes est attendue pour juin 2021, la répartition des 150 systèmes a été précisée par la DGA. 60% iront à l’Armée de Terre, soit 90 systèmes, 12% à l’Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace, soit 18 systèmes et 28% à la Marine, soit 42. Le contrat passé entre la DGA et Parrot correspond à un contrat-cadre d’une durée de 5 ans, qui couvrira dans un premier temps la livraison des systèmes de drones et la formation des pilotes référents et primo utilisateurs… lire l’article

L’armée française fera voler des drones Parrot

Le Monde – 11.01.2021 – Le fabricant français Parrot a été désigné par la Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) pour lui fournir pendant cinq ans des microdrones. Ce contrat-cadre, rendu public lundi 11 janvier, va permettre d’équiper les fantassins des trois armes (marine, air et terre) pour leurs missions d’observation ou de reconnaissance. Cette commande, qui « s’entend pour plusieurs centaines de systèmes de drones », selon la marque française, porte sur le modèle Anafi USA ainsi que des équipements complémentaires (radiocommandes, notamment). Selon des spécialistes des marchés militaires, un budget autour de 30 millions d’euros sur cinq ans y aurait été affecté… lire l’article

Parrot choisi par la Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) pour la fourniture de micro-drones ANAFI USA

GlobeNewsWire – 11.01.2021 – Parrot, le premier Groupe européen de micro-drones, a été choisi par la DGA pour fournir son micro-drone ANAFI USA en vue d’équiper les 3 armées françaises (Air, Mer et Terre), dans le cadre de son appel d’offre lancé en février dernier. Ce succès est le fruit de deux années de travail pour développer, sécuriser et produire un micro-drone spécifiquement conçu pour répondre aux besoins des forces armées. Le drone ANAFI USA, spécialement adapté pour les Forces armées du monde entier, offre aux soldats un micro-drone quadricoptère de 500 g disposant de capacités d’observation de jour et de nuit. Avec 32 minutes de vol, il détient la meilleure performance de sa catégorie. Le contrat-cadre d’une durée de 5 ans s’entend pour plusieurs centaines de systèmes de drones, des équipements complémentaires, le développement d’adaptations et la formation de pilotes référents. Les premiers systèmes seront livrés dans les prochains mois… lire l’article

Sony Airpeak drone release date, price, rumors and leaks

Techradar – 09.01.2021 – The Sony drone rumors have been growing for a couple of years now, but it was still surprising when an official drone project – called Sony Airpeak – was announced in November 2020. With competitors like DJI and Skydio flying way ahead of their competitors, any new competitor seemingly has a lot of ground to make up. Then again, this is Sony we’re talking about, and there are many reasons why this could be a great time for it to enter the drone game. It’s not yet clear what kind of drone Sony has been working on. But by analyzing the Airpeak announcement, along with some patents Sony has registered, we can get a good feel for how it’s shaping up… lire l’article

BREAKING: More Shots Fired in U.S. – China Tech War, Implications for Commercial Drone Industry

Drone Life – 08.01.2021 – On January 5, 2021, the President signed Executive Order (EO) 13971, Addressing the Threat Posed by Applications and Other Software Developed or Controlled by Chinese Companieswhich prohibits persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States (U.S. citizens/residents and corporations) from transacting with persons that develop or control Chinese connected software applications or their subsidiaries. These prohibitions kick in 45 days from publication. This latest order is based on a national emergency: the threat posed by “Chinese connected software applications” (software, a software program, or group of software programs, designed to be used by an end user on an end-point computing device and designed to collect, process, or transmit data via the internet as an integral part of its functionality) through which the Government of the People’s Republic of China… lire l’article

Delta Drone International relists on the ASX

Globe News Wire – 31/12/2020 – Delta Drone International Limited (ASX: DLT, Delta Drone or the Company), Australia’s first listed drones-as-a-service company, re-commences trading on the ASX today following the successful merger between world-leading drone safety company ParaZero and international drone services provider Delta Drone South Africa. The re-listing follows a strongly supported capital raise of $5 million at $0.04 a share, resulting in a market capitalisation of $20 million. The capital raise has enabled new domestic and international investors to join the register, along with existing ParaZero shareholders… lire l’article


Le drone tactique Patroller (Safran) va-t-il enfin décoller en 2021 ?

La Tribune – 15.01.2021 – Le drone tactique de Safran (Patroller) pourrait en avoir enfin terminé avec ses déboire en 2021. Un premier système doit être livré à l’armée de terre cette année. Et le Patroller fait l’objet d’expressions d’intérêt à l’export. Le Patroller, qui avait tant séduit l’armée de terre en 2016 au détriment du programme Watchkeeper (Thales), prend tout son temps pour décoller. Il cumule déjà plus de deux ans de retard par rapport à la livraison d’un premier système (cinq vecteurs et deux stations sol) attendue initialement en 2019. Un deuxième système était aussi espéré en 2020. Vainement. L’année 2021 pourrait signer la fin des déboires de Safran Electronics & Defense, le maître d’œuvre industriel du SDT (ou Patroller)… lire l’article

SDAM: la Marine nationale aura son prototype en 2024

Mer et Marine – 15.01.2021 – En juin dernier, dans le cadre du plan de relance de l’aéronautique, le ministère des Armées a annoncé la commande à Airbus Helicopters d’un prototype du système de drone aérien de la marine (SDAM). Un engin qui va s’ajouter au démonstrateur déjà produit et qui sert à l’industriel pour la phase de viabilisation du concept et de développement du futur système. Ce dernier est pour mémoire basé sur le VSR700, une version dronisée et adaptée à un emploi embarqué (sur frégate et patrouilleurs hauturiers notamment) de l’hélicoptère Cabri G2 de la société française Guimbal. Alors que le démonstrateur, qui a réalisé son premier vol autonome en juillet dernier, poursuit ses essais, la Marine nationale va donc disposer d’une seconde plateforme, mais pas tout de suite. Celle-ci doit être livrée en 2024, a appris Mer et Marine. Ce second système sera un vrai prototype, qui en fonction du retour d’expérience du démonstrateur sera plus proche de la version finale retenue pour le programme SDAM… lire l’article

Le drone MALE européen (Eurodrone) n’arrivera pas avant 2028 dans l’armée de l’air

La Tribune – 13.01.2021 – La ministre des Armées Florence Parly a confié que l’Eurodrone n’arriverait “pas avant 2028” au sein de l’armée de l’air. La malédiction des drones se poursuit en France. Répondant à une question lors de son audition à l’Assemblée nationale mardi, la ministre des Armées Florence Parly a affirmé qu’il était “tout à fait exact que nous n’aurons pas l’Eurodrone avant 2028”. Le premier… lire l’article

Spanish Elite Units Receive the First SEEKER RPAS Units

inside unmanned systems – 11.01.2021 – A few days ago the Spanish Army and Navy received the first SEEKER Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). SEEKER is the unmanned aircraft that will boost the intelligence-, surveillance- and reconnaissance-capabilities of the Spanish Army’s 6th «Almogávares» Paratroopers Brigade (Brigada «Almogávares» VI de Paracaidistas del Ejército de Tierra) and the (Marine Infantry Protection Force (Brigada de Infantería de Marina del Tercio de Armada), two elite forces that enjoy international renown and prestige. The deliveries were made by the company’s specialist personnel in Almogávares’s Príncipe de Paracuellos del Jarama Base and the Tercio de Armada (TEAR)’s San Fernando Base. The RPAS has been financed by the Subdirectorate General of Planning, Technology, and Innovation (Subdirección General de Planificación, Tecnología e Innovación) of the Directorate General of Armaments and Material (DGAM) as part of the Spanish MoD’s RAPAZ program… lire l’article



Logistique maritime

Un drone de transport lourd pour la Royal Navy

Air & Cosmos – 07/01/2021 – Une demande d’information a été publiée pour la Royal Navy visant à étudier le marché des drones de transport lourd pouvant être déployés dans un environnement salin. Les réponses de cette étude viendront renforcer les connaissances de la Royal Navy et pourraient potentiellement donner lieu à une décision d’acquisition ultérieurement. Afin de pouvoir étudier des systèmes capables de répondre à ses exigences opérationnelles, la Royal Navy a apporté quelques précisions sur les performances attendues. Le drone devra ainsi être capable d’emporter une charge utile de 200 kilos et pouvoir mener des vols au-delà du champ de vision. Il devra être bien sûr résistant à l’environnement salin, très corrosif, et disposer d’une architecture ouverte afin de pouvoir être facilement modifié. Afin de pouvoir étudier des systèmes capables de répondre à ses exigences opérationnelles, la Royal Navy a apporté quelques précisions sur les performances attendues… lire l’article

Logistique médicale

UAS BVLOS in Segregated Airspace (Oban-Isle of Mull-Coll)

sUAS News – 12.01.2021 – This proposal is for a Temporary Danger Area (TDA), for which a scaled airspace change process applies and a change level is not applicable. The detailed process requirements are published in the Temporary Danger Area Policy Statement. Skyports Limited, a UK-based drone delivery service provider, is seeking a volume of airspace complex on the west coast of Scotland in which to carry out UAS delivery operations to help the UK Government and NHS in Scotland with the response to COVID-19, using delivery drones to transport medical supplies and samples… lire l’article

Logistique terrestre

First-ever remote drone delivery completed in Latvia

sUAS News – 12.01.2021 – In December of 2020, Latvia welcomed its first-ever gift delivery completed by a drone. A parcel consisting of tablets was “shipped” with joint efforts of Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT), SPH Engineering, and DPD Latvija. The drone’s Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight was conducted entirely on the mobile network, and the flying drone used a remote ID device prototype made by LMT, as well as UgCS drone mission and route planning software by SPH Engineering. LMT’s remote ID device prototype is a drone-mounted device that enhances the drone with remote flight capabilities. The device’s SIM card provides two functionalities – remote identification and location tracking of the UAV according to the GPS signal. Combined, they offer additional security and transparency, making BVLOS flights possible… lire l’article

CES 2021: Verizon’s Skyward and UPS Collaborating On Drone Deliveries

WebProNews – 12.01.2021 – Verizon used CES 2021 to announce its Skyward drone company will be collaborating with UPS Flight Forward for retail deliveries. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently took important steps toward making drone deliveries a reality. It’s no surprise that UPS is quickly moving to ensure it can provide the service to its customers, and is collaborating with Skyward to make it happen. “We will need the ability to manage and support multiple drones, flying simultaneously, dispatched from a centralized location, operating in a secure and safe environment. To do this at scale, alongside Verizon and Skyward, we’ll need the power of 5G,” said Carol B. Tomé, CEO of UPS… lire l’article

Draganfly Receives Patent for VTOL Delivery Drone

Inside Unmanned Systems – 11.01.2021 – Draganfly is working to develop a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) cargo delivery drone with variable center of gravity. The company was recently awarded a patent for the system, which will be used for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights, transporting goods to areas that are difficult to reach and flights over people at night, according to a news release. This comes after Coldchain Technology Services selected Draganfly to develop and provide flight services for a payload to deliver COVID-19 vaccines in critical regions. The unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be configured for both VTOL and fixed-wing flight operations.  It will have forward and aft wing assemblies mounted to the fuselage. Each wing assembly will include port and starboard nacelles terminating in motor-driven rotors powered by an onboard control system that can adjust rotor speeds… lire l’article

Japan to Host Futuristic Cargo Drone Logistics Facility

Inside Unmanned System – 08.01.2021 – Japan’s regulatory environment, commitment to UAV cargo delivery and maturing 5G infrastructure are prime reasons why Asia’s largest logistics real estate conglomerate has chosen the country to build what it claims will be “the world’s first cargo drone logistics facility.” The new drone port will be part of ESR Cayman’s new 365,00-square-meter, nine-story distribution center, which is slated for completion in 2023. A starter fleet of at least 24 drones is slated to deliver as much as 14,000 tons of cargo daily to distribution nodes across the region. ESR officials believe the project will show its tenants how autonomous eVTOL systems can revolutionize commercial cargo transport by quickly moving high-value, time-sensitive cargo directly from futuristic distribution facilities to their final destination… lire l’article

Draganfly Issued New Delivery Drone Patent

Globe News Wire – 06.01.2021 – Los Angeles, Draganfly Inc. (OTCQB: DFLYF) (CSE: DFLY) (FSE: 3U8) (“Draganfly” or the “Company”), an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer and systems developer, is pleased to announce the awarding of a new patent for a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) cargo delivery drone with variable center of gravity. The design is ideal for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) and for transporting goods in hard to reach areas or flight over people at night. US Patent No. 10,807,707 is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) configured for both vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and fixed-wing flight operations includes forward… lire l’article

Ravitaillement en vol

Navy To Seek Pilots For Revolutionary Aerial Refueling Drone

Inside Unmanned Systems – 12.01.2021 – Boeing conducts an MQ-25 Stingray deck-handling demonstration at its St. Louis facility. Last month the U.S. Navy reached a major milestone toward its “game-changing” goal of fielding carrier-based aerial refueling drones, flight-testing a Boeing T1 prototype fitted with the same aerial refueling system (ARS) used by the Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornets. The prototype is being used to develop the MQ-25 Stingray, a refueling tanker drone the Navy says will be the world’s first aircraft carrier-based UAV. But it’s so advanced the Navy doesn’t yet have pilots who can fly it. To find them, the Navy has announced a major effort to recruit and train a new generation of UAV operators with skills not seen before… lire l’article

R & D

Sagetech Avionics receives AFWERX contract from U.S. Air Force

Geospatial World – 14.01.2021 – Sagetech Avionics, an innovative technology company providing industry-leading situational awareness solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), has announced that it has received a U.S. Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract for the initial development phase of components for a type-certifiable detect-and-avoid (DAA) system. The resulting system will enable UAS to safely operate beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). The contract was awarded to Sagetech Avionics, which will work in partnership with the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site for test flights and data analysis… lire l’article

SSCI Artificial Intelligence-Enabled UAV Completes Successful Flight Demonstration for the U.S. Army’s Project Convergence

UAS weekly – 14.01.2021 – Under contract from Army Futures Command DEVCOM C5ISR Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate, SSCI’s Robotic Autonomous Platform for Tactical Operations and Reconnaissance (RAPTOR) autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was successfully flown for the U.S. Army’s Project Convergence. The demonstration took place at Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ in late Summer of 2020. The RAPTOR system integrates SSCI’s Finding Objects via Closed-loop Understanding of the Scene (FOCUS) artificial intelligence-enabled autonomy software with a commercial off-the-shelf UAV airframe and EO/IR sensor. FOCUS provides a number of innovative machine intelligence capabilities that, with only high-level direction from a supervisor (also known as “commander’s intent”), provides full autonomous control of the UAV and its sensor to find, fix, track, and identify targets of interest in complex environments… lire l’article

Drone Technology Extends Reach of Mobile IoT

ITpro Today – 14.01.2021 – rones range in size from barely a foot in length to the size of a small airplane, depending on the task at hand. Of those tasks, some of the more intriguing applications have appeared in Internet of Things/Industrial IIoT/IIoT environments. Drones can effectively add mobile IoT endpoints to extend a network beyond what would otherwise be physical limitations. This has become critical as many enterprise processes take place at the edge of the network. In turn, drone technology has extended many mobile IoT devices’ capabilities into new territory at the edge. “I think drones are very much IoT devices and there’s a lot of overlap in terms of technology and also customers and use cases,” noted Adam Bry, CEO of Skydio, a Redwood City, CA manufacturer of drone hardware and software… lire l’article

Air taxi startup Archer is partnering with automaker Chrysler on the production of its eVTOL

UAS weekly – 12.01.2021 – Air taxi startup Archer is partnering with automaker FCA on production of its electric aircraft. Archer and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to enable Archer to benefit from access to FCA’s low-cost supply chain, advanced composite material capabilities, and engineering and design experience. California-based Archer is creating the world’s first all-electric airline that moves people throughout the world’s cities in a quick, safe, sustainable and cost-effective manner. The new partnership will help accelerate Archer’s timeline in becoming an industry leader with the resources and capabilities to capitalize on the new era of sustainable air mobility, a market that Morgan Stanley estimates will be $1.5 trillion by 2040. Archer will manufacture high-volume, composite, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, with the intent of starting production in 2023… lire l’article

Sony built a drone that’s beefy enough to carry an Alpha series DSLR

Digitaltrends – 11.01.2021 – Sony is arriving at CES 2021 with a bang, unveiling its first-ever drone: The Airpeak. The company has shared photos and videos of its new project, and given a few sparse details about what we can expect from the drone’s launch. Sony says the Airpeak is the smallest drone currently available that is capable of carrying one of its DSLR Alpha cameras. These full-frame, mirrorless single-lens cameras are chunky pieces of equipment that can capture high-quality, professional-level footage. To carry that weight, the Airpeak has a quadcopter format. Its landing gear retracts upwards when it’s in the air so it doesn’t block the camera’s view… lire l’article

New UAS Systems Engineering and Certification Service Launched

UST drones – 11.01.2021 – Hionos, a certified flight controller software solutions provider, has partnered with UAS (unmanned aerial systems) avionics and engineering company Abionica Solutions to provide a new service that will help customers successfully finish and launch their UAS projects. The new service offered by the two companies will provide assistance throughout the entire UAS project life-cycle and address the specific needs of safety-critical systems development at all levels. The service allows customers to optimize resources and time and to ensure the reliability of proposed solutions and the success of their projects. Abionica Solutions possesses proven industry expertise in systems engineering, avionics and UAS certification… lire l’article

Avenger UAS Selected for USAF Drone AI Program

UST drones – 11.01.2021 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been selected by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) to provide its Avenger unmanned aerial system (UAS) in support of the Skyborg Vanguard Program, which aims to develop the foundations for Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) autonomous capabilities that will be incorporated into a family of future USAF combat UAVs. GA-ASI will modify two company-owned Avengers with upgraded datalinks and the core Skyborg System Design Agent (SDA) software, as well as other payloads. The unmanned aircraft will be used in various flight trials during which manned aircraft will control Avengers while in flight and relay specific information between the manned and unmanned aircraft… lire l’article

Exploiting a Fleet of UAVs for Monitoring and Data Acquisition of a Distributed Sensor Network

Cornell University – 11.01.2021 – This study proposes an efficient data collection strategy exploiting a team of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to monitor and collect the data of a large distributed sensor network usually used for environmental monitoring, meteorology, agriculture, and renewable energy applications. The study develops a collaborative mission planning system that enables a team of UAVs to conduct and complete the mission of sensors’ data collection collaboratively while considering existing constraints of the UAV payload and battery capacity. The proposed mission planner system employs the Differential Evolution (DE) optimization algorithm enabling UAVs to maximize the number of visited sensor nodes given the priority of the sensors and avoiding the redundant collection of sensors’ data. The proposed mission planner is evaluated through extensive simulation and comparative analysis. The simulation results confirm the effectiveness and fidelity of the proposed mission planner to be used for the distributed sensor network monitoring and data collection… lire l’article

Red Cat partners with Skypersonic Completes Long Distance Drone Flight Remotely

Rotor Riot flies drone over 1000 miles away

Yahoo News – 11.01.2021 – ORLANDO, Fla., – Red Cat Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: RCAT) (“Red Cat” or the “Company”), a leading brand in the drone industry, announced that Fat Shark, a wholly owned subsidiary, had partnered with Skypersonic, the manufacturer of the Skycopter UAV, to complete a long distance drone flight remotely. The flight consisted of a pilot, located in Orlando, Florida, controlling a drone flying in Detroit, Michigan. The flight integrated Fat Shark’s new digital technology, “Shark Byte” with Skypersonic’s Skycopter and remote pilot software system. The pilot’s flight instructions to the drone were transmitted through Skypersonic’s servers located in Italy… lire l’article

Patent for Remote ID Systems Goes to Oregon-Based Drone R&D Company

Drone Life – 08.01.2021 – One of the first movers in this race is Ariascend, an Oregon-based drone research and development company, which this week announced that its CEO, Kenji Sugahara, had recently been awarded a patent for broadcast remote identification of drones. U.S. Patent 10,825,345 issued by the United States Patent Office in November, calls for drones to have a “digital license plate,” that can broadcast information about the drone to observers on the ground, including law enforcement agencies and members of the general public. In an interview, Sugahara said the genesis of the patent sprung from a white paper he wrote in 2017 and submitted to the FAA’s Advisory and Rulemaking Committee. Many of the ideas outlined in both the white paper and the patent itself were incorporated into the FAA final rule… lire l’article

BVLOS HF Command & Control Demonstrated with MQ-9A UAS

UST drones – 08.01.2021 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has performed what it claims is the first Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) high-frequency (HF) command and control (C2) demonstration with an unmanned aerial system (UAS). The company has developed a C2 capability that does not require a Satellite Communications (SATCOM) link and can provide BLOS connectivity at distances of up to 8,000 miles, depending on transmit power and link geometry. An MQ-9A Block 5 unmanned aircraft was used for the demo, equipped with the U.S. Government’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) autonomy software. The aircraft was flown with improved diagonal tails with conformal HF antennas incorporated into the leading edges… lire l’article

6th-gen stealth fighter likely to include lasers, AI and drone control

Fox News – 06/01/2021 – A stealthy, supersonic, semi-autonomous sixth-generation fighter maneuvers undetected through heavily armed enemy air space, evades radar detection to jam the adversary’s command and control systems with EW (Electronic Warfare) weapons, gather, analyze and transmit targeting data across huge areas of terrain in milliseconds using AI-empowered computing … then the fighter is able to launch and operate groups of nearby mini-drones, fire air-launched hypersonic missiles and then incinerate enemy aircraft with fighter-jet fired precision laser weapons all while flying too quickly and stealthily to be targeted. Taking this hypothetical mission yet another step farther, what if the sixth-generation fighter not only performed many of its missions with complete autonomy but also operated with a kind of self-regenerating coating or even composite armor which used synthetic biology to essentially regenerate and restore external structures lost or damaged by enemy fire… lire l’article


Removal of Drones from GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contracts

GSA Interact – 12.01.2021 – Drones/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have long operated on a limited basis in the national airspace primarily supporting public uses like military and border-security operations; but more recently they have expanded into the commercial arena to fulfill a myriad of uses. The increase of buying and usage of drones/UAS devices, referred to herein as “drones,” poses a unique set of challenges and security risks such as:  surveillance, theft, disruption and/or use of selective federal information or federal information networks.  Also, since China is the dominant manufacturer of drones, there is an increased risk of non-compliance with existing procurement law, including the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) and Section 889 of the NDAA for FY19… lire l’article

Mapped: Drone Privacy Laws Around the World

Visual Capitalist – 08.01.2021 – From Olympic opening ceremonies to public safety, drone applications have come a long way. In fact, their modern applications are set to almost double the total value of the commercial drone market from $22.5 billion to $42.8 billion between 2020-2025, at a 13.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Naturally, such diverse and complex uses can go quickly awry if not monitored and regulated correctly by governments—yet in some cases, it’s because of governments that drones’ uses border on sinister… lire l’article

Surveillance de l’immigration illicite

Indian Army turns on the Switch for mini-UAVs

Shepard News – 14.01.2021 – India needs UAVs to help monitor its troubled border, and a domestic design will help fill that role with its mini-UAV design. The Indian Army’s ongoing search for mini-UAVs has reached fruition, with the selection of a domestically-developed hybrid VTOL solution from Mumbai-based ideaForge. The type chosen by the Indian Army is the Switch, which weighs less than 6.5kg and has a 2.6m wingspan. It can be launched at… lire l’article


Surveillance de zone ou de site

The Cyprus based Joint Rescue Coordination Center has upgraded drones from C-Astral Aerospace

UAS weekly – 12.01.2021 – C-Astral team values new and existing customers equally. However, the existing, seasoned operator has a unique and distinctive feature. They know the system, all the pros and the cons: and a customer coming back for an upgrade of operational system is one of the best positive affirmations a company could wish for: The Cyprus based Joint Rescue Coordination Center has been operating Bramor C4EYE for more than 4 years. The scenarios of their SAR missions call for aerial surveillance on both land and sea. Having discussed the customer CONOPS(Concept Of Operations) in comparison to our organic development the customer recognized and confirmed the system enhancement in order to achieve even better results. The GCS of the system is integrated into their mobile van as a rapidly deployable tactical operations centre. The initial objective of the project was the customers intent to extend the optical surveillance beyond their existing network of the stationary vessel traffic surveillance system… lire l’article

Event 38 Unmanned Systems Delivers E400 to Air National Guard

UAV Dach – 11/01/2021 – Event 38 Unmanned Systems recently completed delivery of the E400 to the Air National Guard (ANG) 178th Wing Fire and Emergency Management teams. The E400 was identified by the Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO) as a promising commercial technology that could reduce cost and increase readiness for multiple Air Force sustainment objectives. The aircraft was customized for ANG, adding VTOL as well as a live-streaming thermal and RGB video payload. Additionally, Event 38 designed a custom all-in-one handheld ground control station. The aircraft is intended for use by emergency response personnel. Event 38 provided in-person training, documentation, and the user manual. Four operators were trained to proficiency in 1.5 days of class time and practice flights… lire l’article

HEISHA Launches User-friendly Drone-in-the-box Solution

UAS weekly – 10/01/2021 – HEISHA, the leading provider of autonomous drone charging stations in the world, as launched DNEST—its newest and smallest charging station—together with a global call for exclusive partners. With a size of 1 cubic meter, and weighing less than 40 kilograms, DNEST makes it easy to deploy in the garden or on a roof. Unlike other industrial products from the company, DNEST is a user-friendly product aimed squarely at the consumer market. It is a ready-to-fly product with a charging station, DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and software ready for action. Without any piloting skills, users can easily operate DNEST to keep an eye on their properties from the air at any time and from any place. Ling Lu, CEO of HEISHA said, “With the release of this new product we are also putting the call out for exclusive partners globally… lire l’article

Traitement phytosanitaire

Joe, the Drone that Herds Cattle

UAS Vision – 14.01.2021 – The story of BeeFree Agro begins in a cattle ranch in the Galilee Heights. Like all farmers, we encountered economic and social changes that forced us to adapt. Initially using drones for visual surveillance, we quickly discovered that animals react to them. That’s how JOE was born. JOE is a technological system that moves up to 1,000 head of cattle over vast expanses of land without human intervention, using a single drone. Named after our favourite herding dog, JOE displays all the characteristics of a good herding pal: intelligent, loyal, follows orders, autonomous, fast and easy to operate. JOE revolutionised our lives, significantly reducing our operations costs and organisational and personal stress levels. Join us in pursuit of faster, simpler and more cost effective ranching… lire l’article


Initial UTM Services to be Implemented in Finland

UST drones – 15.01.2021 – Astra UTM has signed an agreement with Fintraffic Air Navigation Services to implement Finland’s initial UTM (unmanned traffic management)-centric services. The company will provide its Situational Awareness and Briefing Facility systems for Fintraffic ANS’s Digital Business Platform. The Situational Awareness module will provide a real-time map-based status of the airspace that can be accessed by all users. The module will also allow access to usage history and planned future airspace activity. The Briefing Facility service provides an enhanced user experience, linking with the Situational Awareness module and adding new features such as flight plan acknowledgments, pilot reminders, a storage and retrieval service for previous flight plans, and various equipment registries… lire l’article

Japanese researchers report 95% success rate in Bluetooth 5.0 remote drone ID comms trials

Unmanned Airspace – 07.01.2021 – Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) government agency reports it has recorded a 95% success rate in evaluating Bluetooth 5.0 for remote identification of drones. A prototype small transmitter was mounted on a drone for the communication evaluation test, flying at an altitude of approximately 150m, and the reception status was evaluated while changing conditions such as the horizontal distance to the evaluation receiver located on the ground. According to a report on the evaluation: “NEDO has succeeded in evaluating the test of broadcast communication systems to identify drones remotely for the safe and secure operation of drones and other unmanned aircraft. The test was conducted from October 19 to 23 (2020) in the Fukushima Robot Test Field (Namie-cho, Minamisoma-shi, Fukushima) to confirm that it can be identified with a horizontal distance of 300m or more. Specifically, we applied broadcast-type communication evaluation test methods using Bluetooth 5.0 to conduct tests to confirm the success rate of communication between a drone flying at an altitude of approximately 150m… lire l’article