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NASA Drone System to be used for Glacier Research by University of Kansas

 

Written by Darryl Waller
NASA Ames Research Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationMoffett Field, CA – NASA has delivered an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to the University of Kansas in Lawrence for student training and development of a radar system for analyzing glaciers in Greenland associated with sea-level rise around the globe.

The UAS, named Viking-400, will allow students and faculty in the university’s Department of Aeronautical Engineering to gain hands-on experience with a production air vehicle to complement the school’s curriculum. . It will also facilitate the integration of radar instrument onto the aircraft. Students also will generate 3-D models of the aircraft that NASA will use for engineering and analysis.

NASA Viking-400 unmanned Aircraft system.

NASA Viking-400 unmanned Aircraft system.

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State Farm® Cleared by FFA for Commercial Drone Use

 

FAA okays insurer to test damage-assessing drones

State FarmMurfreesboro, TN – Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there, in the air. State Farm is the first insurer in the United States to receive FAA permission to test Unmanned  Aircraft Systems (UAS) for commercial use.

The decision provides the insurer the opportunity to research this new technology and potentially deploy it in ways that could benefit customers. State Farm plans to explore the use of unmanned aircraft to assess potential roof damage during the claims process and respond to natural disasters. «Read the rest of this article»

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160th Special Operations Aviation E Company Soldiers equipped with MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System; soon to be based at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Maj. Emily Potter
U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, NC – When E Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) (Airborne), activated last month, it become just the fifth Gray Eagle company in the Army, and the first in special operations.

Currently, each Special Forces group has an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platoon consisting of the RQ-7 Shadow, designed to provide UAS support at the brigade level. The MQ-1C Gray Eagle brings more capability to the fight, and is able to support at the Theater Special Operations Command level.

Soldiers from E Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), explain the capabilities of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System at their activation ceremony Nov. 19, 2013.(Army photo)

Soldiers from E Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), explain the capabilities of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System at their activation ceremony Nov. 19, 2013.(Army photo)

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Army Divisions will get 9 Gray Eagles to train, but will deploy with 12

 

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – The Army plans additional Gray Eagle units, one for each of 10 active-duty divisions, and several more for special operations units, aerial exploitation units and the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA.

With the current program of record, a purchase of 152 Gray Eagles in total, the Army won’t have enough of the aircraft to give a full assignment of 12 aircraft to every one of the divisions it plans on equipping; so some may get as few as nine aircraft. But when those units go downrange, they will get a full component, Army aviation officials said.

An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. The Gray Eagle is the Army’s newest “eyes in the sky,” and is being tested by Quick Reaction Capability 1-Reaction 1, the only unit using the aircraft in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. The Gray Eagle is the Army’s newest “eyes in the sky,” and is being tested by Quick Reaction Capability 1-Reaction 1, the only unit using the aircraft in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

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