Drones


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ROBOT BOAT TO GULF

An experimental, robotic boat is on its way to the Persian Gulf, StrategyPage notes. Aboard the cruiser USS Gettysburg is the Spartan Scout USV (unmanned…


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DARPA ROBO-RACE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The teams for Darpa’s “Grand Challenge” — the $1 million all-drone road race from Los Angeles to Las Vegas — are set, says UV Online….


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ISRAELI DRONE COPTER STOLEN

The money and the software, they didn’t touch. But thieves made off with an Israeli robotic helicopter prototype over the weekend, Globes reports. The copter,…


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MORE ON DARPA’S ROBO-RACE

I did some additional digging into Darpa’s robotic rally, scheduled for March. Wired News is running the story today: Seth Chabe’s bank accounts are empty….


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DARPA’S ROBOT ROAD RACE OFF-TRACK

One of Darpa’s slickest PR moves in years was to sponsor a robotic road race from Los Angeles to Las Vegas — with a million…


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DRONES GO GLOBAL

If you thought flying drones were exclusively American, think again. After a series of mishaps, the British and Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programs are…


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UNDERWATER DRONES SURVEYED

ScienCentralNews takes stock of the Navy’s menagerie of AUVs — autonomous underwater vehicles, or ocean-going drones. (via Robots.net)


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FLAPPING BOT DEBUTS

Researchers have been fascinated with the idea of ornithopters — aircraft propelled by flapping wings — for two hundred years. Now, the Washington Post reports,…


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FAA OK’S DRONES IN CIVILIAN SKIES

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used around the world to fertilize crops, monitor weather, and patrol borders. But here in the U.S., the drones haven’t…


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SPECIAL FORCES ENLIST UAV FOR AIRLIFTS

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have been used to snoop on Baathist bigwigs and to take out Al Qaeda operatives. Now, U.S. Special Operations Command…


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“STEALTH IN REVERSE” FOR NEW DECOY DRONE

“A decoy drone being developed through an $88 million, five-year demonstration project will feature stealth in reverse,” the Associated Press reports. The hope is “that…


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ROBOTS WILL SWARM

Some day, drones won’t just take orders. They’ll decide do things on their own. Military scientists have long theorized that for unmanned vehicles to reach…


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DRONES MAY GET BORDER PATROL DUTY

American drones have been snooping on friends and foes in Afghanistan and Iraq. They may soon be keeping tabs on the Mexican border, if certain…


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THE TIMES GOES GOOEY OVER DRONES

Tomorrow’s New York Times Magazine has a long story on drones, focusing in on the UCAV (unmanned combat aerial vehicle). It’s a schizophrenic piece, at…


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PREDATOR WAR ROLE REVEALED

So what did those Predator drones really do in Gulf War II? The New York Times has some answers: About 15 Predators are operating in…


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DRONES OVER BAGHDAD: GOOD OMEN?

Slate sees drones over Baghdad, and thinks they’re a good omen for the American operation there. It provides a clue, among many other clues these…


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TEN TYPES OF DRONES IN IRAQ

Turn on the tube, and the only drones you’ll see operating in Iraq are the Predators and Global Hawks. But there are at least ten…


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DRONES NOT REALLY “UNMANNED”

Just because they’re called “unmanned aerial vehicles” doesn’t mean they don’t have a crew. StrategyPage looks at the assignments for the three-person team assigned to…


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IRAQIS CAPTURE BRITISH DRONE

The Iraqi troops claim to have shot down and captured a British Army Phoenix drone near Basra, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly. The truck-launched, 5.5…