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DroneGun Tactical Certified for Human Exposure

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its DroneGun TacticalTM product has been certified as compliant for human exposure, in connection with requests by potential governmental end-users, in relation to their procurement processes.

OneTech, a specialist SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) laboratory for global certifications, has certified DroneShield’s DroneGun TacticalTM as compliant with the ARPANSA EN 50566 and EN 50663 (Australian and New Zealand Communications and Media Authority requirements for human exposure to radio frequencies) within the specific frequency bands of operation which cross references to the international ICNIRP standard.

The certification was obtained in response to the DroneGun TacticalTM product advancing through procurement processes with a number of major defence and other government agencies internationally, for which this was a requirement requested by several agencies.

The certification follows DroneGun MKIITM safety for human exposure certification in December 2017, and DroneSentry airport compliance certification in May 2018.

Images: DroneGun Tactical at recent evaluations by the South Korean military.

RADA’s MHR Part of the X-MADIS Solution Wins Prize at SOFWERX ThunderDrone RPE III Event

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

RADA & Partners’ Mobile Drone Defeat System demonstrated at Counter UAS Exercise

July 16, 2018 Netanya, Israel, – RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. A leader in the development , production and sale of tactical land radar for force and border protection – announced that RADA together with its partners, Ascent Vision and Sierra Nevada Corporation, won a $200,000 prize at the SOFWERX ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE) III demonstration, with its X-MADIS mobile drone defeat system.
RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) is the primary detection and tracking sensor of X-MADIS (the eXpeditionary Mobile Aerial Defense Integrated System), tailored for Counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) missions. Combined with other state of the art systems (Electro-Optical/Infrared and electronic warfare equipment), the system is integrated into a commercial off-road vehicle. It can detect, locate, identify, track, exploit and defeat an enemy UAS on the move or while in a stationary position, protecting airports, no-fly zones and other high-value infrastructure.

X-MADIS excelled at every stage in the exercise, proving it could provide solutions for a broad range of threats. The award was presented late last month at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, commented, “We are very proud to be part of the industry team achieving this success for X-MADIS. The system is a derivate of a system deployed successfully with a Department of Defense customer. Therefore, it demonstrates that our technology is highly scalable, flexible and truly adaptable for multi-mission environments.”

The SOFWERX RPE demonstration events, also called Game of Drones, began in June 2017. More than 450 technological capabilities aimed to tackle sea, land, and air-based UAS, tactical swarms, payloads (kinetic/non-kinetic/sensors), and their associated data science applications. ThunderDrone RPE III was the culmination of the events, and provided a venue for systems of various technologies to be tested in a true field environment.

The exercise was formally evaluated by a government assessment team. SOFWERX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), created to investigate new technology in an effort to put the most advanced capabilities into our warfighters’ hands. 

For more information, see the SOFWERX website.

AeroVironment Collaborating with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Build First Drone – the Mars Helicopter – to Fly on Mars

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

• New space endeavor draws on company’s unique and diverse history of innovation and high-altitude drone flight experience

• Drone prototypes have passed rigorous tests in simulated Mars atmosphere

• Final Mars-bound helicopter now in production at JPL

MONROVIA, Calif., July 3, 2018 – What does a company do when its trailblazing and diverse innovations for nearly half a century have redefined how the world drives and flies?  When its many technological “firsts” include the first practical electric car, flying the Nano Hummingbird drone, record-setting, solar-powered aircraft flights in near space, and reshaping the battlefield with portable, hand-held, tactical drones and loitering munitions?

It takes on another world.

At a briefing held Wednesday at New York City’s NASDAQ Marketsite, AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) revealed its critical role in collaborating with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. to build the drone helicopter recently selected by NASA/JPL’s Mars Exploration Program, and displayed a model of the Mars Helicopter, which is planned to fly on Mars in less than three years.

“AeroVironment’s deep, rich and diverse history of innovation combined with our experience with near-space aircraft like Pathfinder and Helios make us uniquely suited to collaborate with NASA and JPL on this historic, interplanetary venture,” said AeroVironment President and Chief Executive Officer Wahid Nawabi.

Flying at nearly 100,000 feet on Earth is much like flying on the surface of Mars – same air density – so AeroVironment used airfoil design principles and simulation tools the technology company learned from record high-altitude flights and incorporated them into the Mars helicopter design.

“The Mars Helicopter effort also benefits from the ultra-lightweight and ultra-high-precision methods integral to our nano projects that have been developed in our MacCready Works laboratory, where we’ve assembled a dedicated team of the industry’s brightest and most experienced thinkers to solve some of today’s greatest technological challenges,” Nawabi said.

AeroVironment first developed subscale Mars helicopter prototypes to test and demonstrate the feasibility of lift in the thin Martian atmosphere.  Then in May 2016, AeroVironment delivered to NASA/JPL a Mars Helicopter rotor and landing gear prototype that was integrated with a JPL-developed controller and demonstrated free flight in a simulated Mars atmosphere, proving that it is possible to fly on the Red Planet.  Next, AeroVironment delivered major helicopter subsystems in the fall of 2017 for integration into Mars-representative engineering development models.  JPL built two Engineering Development Model Mars Helicopters, integrating the AeroVironment rotor, landing gear, fuselage shell and solar panel substrate together with JPL-developed fuselage composed of flight avionics, onboard power, telecom, flight control and sensors into two models.

One of the development models was used for flight demonstration in JPL’s large 25-foot space simulator, and the other for environmental testing, including thermal tests to ensure the vehicle can endure the frigid Mars nights, and vibration tests to make sure it is rugged enough to survive launch.  Both vehicles passed the rigorous tests, paving the way for the development and fabrication of the final, Mars-bound version.

AeroVironment is currently building the flight versions of their subsystems which will be integrated with other subsystems into the vehicle that JPL is building. The plan is for JPL to then install the finished Mars Helicopter into the Mars 2020 rover for its ride to a Martian landing site, still to be determined.

The Mars Helicopter project is led by NASA JPL with team members across JPL, AeroVironment, NASA Ames and NASA Langley. The AeroVironment team has worked closely with NASA rotorcraft experts at the NASA Ames and Langley research centers and with JPL electrical, mechanical, materials, vehicle flight controls, and systems engineers. AeroVironment’s contributions to the first Mars drone include design and development of the helicopter’s airframe and major subsystems, including its rotor, rotor blades, hub and control mechanism hardware. The company also developed and built high-efficiency, lightweight propulsion motors, power electronics, landing gear, load-bearing structures, and the thermal enclosure for NASA/JPL’s avionics, sensors, and software systems.

The press briefing featured high-impact visuals and models of many of AeroVironment’s innovations, including the Snipe™ nano drone – the latest tactical UAS innovation from AeroVironment that provides today’s defenders with critical information whenever and wherever it is needed – and the Switchblade® Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS).  AeroVironment recently received Switchblade orders from the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines Corps through Urgent Needs Statements.

SNC and Partners Invited to SOFWERX ‘Game of Drones’ Demo

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

X-MADIS Mobile Drone Defeat System Advances in Counter UAS Exercise
SPARKS, Nev. (May 22, 2018) – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its partners, Ascent Vision and RADA Technologies, will participate in the SOFWERX ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event (RPE) III demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base next month. SOFWERX is a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), created to investigate new technology in an effort to put the most advanced capabilities into our warfighters’ hands.

SNC and its partners will participate in the demo, also being called “Game of Drones,” using X-MADIS (eXpeditionary Mobile Aerial Defense Integrated System), which is a self-contained, fully mobile and integrated counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capability. The C-UAS, radar and Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) equipment is integrated into a commercial off-road vehicle that can detect, locate, identify, track, exploit and defeat an enemy UAS (also known as drone) to protect airports, no-fly zones and other high-value infrastructure.

The SOFWERX RPE demonstration events began in June 2017 and have evaluated more than 450 technological capabilities aimed at bringing sea-, land-, and air-based UAS, tactical swarms, payloads (kinetic/non-kinetic/sensors), and their associated data science applications to the Special Operations Community. ThunderDrone RPE III is the culmination of the events, and X-MADIS is one of just 30 remaining entrants. Only warfighters, interagency partners, and select contributors from industry and academia may participate in RPEs, which are formally evaluated by a government assessment team.

X-MADIS performed flawlessly in the previous RPE II held at Ft. Bragg North Carolina. This event evaluated operational setup time and the system’s capability to detect, locate, identify, track, exploit, defeat, and assess effects on threat representative small unmanned aerial vehicles. The top three participants for the upcoming exercise, called “Game of Drones,” will be awarded prize money based on system performance.

For more information, see the SOFWERX website. X-MADIS will be on display at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Fla., May 22-24, booth #1624.

SOFIC 18 – X-MADIS

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

The eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System by Ascent Vision Technologies is being displayed in the Darley Defense Booth.

About a year ago, the Marines identified six critical technologies for Counter UAS.

Hardware

RADAR – detection, tracking and location by RADA Technologies

Optic – Tracking and positive ID by Ascent Vision Technologies

Mitigation – EW jammer by Sierra Nevada Corp (Skycap)

Software

CUAS suite integration software

Graphic User Interface

Operator Assist – video content analytics, detects change, alerts user

Together, these technologies accomplish the following functions : Detect-locate-track-identify-mitigate-analyze

The system works on the move. This pickup is the technical demonstrator. Operational variants are integrated into MRAZRs.

Widget Wednesday – PTX RQ-11B Raven Austere Power Solutions

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

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The AeroVironment RQ-11B Raven® is the most widely-used low-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) asset among US and Allied Forces today. On a single battery charge, the Raven® can typically fly up to 6.2 miles (10.0 km) at speeds of 28–60 mph (45–97 km/h). Now, thanks to the PTX SPM-622 Squad Power Manager and ABC-812 Adaptive Battery Charger, RQ-11B Raven® operators can unplug themselves from the wall socket charger, harvest / scavenge power from any available source, and keep flying for longer – anywhere.

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Drawing power from solar panels / blankets, vehicle power outlets, vehicle batteries, and military or commercial rechargeable batteries, Raven® operators are able to maintain full, constant operational capability in even the most undeveloped environments.

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And thanks to our ground-breaking smart cable technology, Raven® aircraft batteries can also be connected to the SPM-622 as a power source to run other essential equipment such as radios, GPS devices, tablets – or even medical equipment for casualty treatment. This not only helps units simplify logistics and reduce their battery burden, it could even save a life.

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The SPM-622 RQ-11B Raven® Austere Power Kit includes a Squad Power Manager, a flexible solar blanket, vehicle and battery power scavenging cables, and all connectors and accessories needed to charge the aircraft battery, Ground Control Station, and Toughbook® simultaneously.

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The ABC-812 RQ-11B Raven® Bulk-Charging Kit enables users to charge up to 8 Raven® aircraft batteries in dual battery adapters simultaneously.  Alternatively, users can charge 2 Raven® batteries and up to 6 other batteries as needed.  The ABC-812 also incorporates 4 USB ports for concurrently charging Smart Phones, Tablets and other end-user devices.

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Come see the PTX team at SOFIC next week at booth #2232 to learn more about the full range of PTX Power Management Solutions – or visit the website anytime at www.ptxnomad.com

Darley Defense Days 18 – InstantEye Robotics

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

The Mk 2 GEN-5-D1/D2 sUAS is InstantEye Robotics’ entry for the US Army Soldier Borne Sensor program.

It offers a fully encrypted digital signal for command (GPS or manual) as well as real-time video. The EO/IR sensors are internally gimbaled. The aircraft weighs just 8.8 oz and will fly for about 15 min per sortie. Its service ceiling is 12,000 MSL with a max Speed of 20 mph and will hold station in winds up to 20 MPH. Max video Range is 1km (LOS).

The system includes 2 aircraft, a Tactical Sensor Control, Video Display Tablet, 4 Aircraft/TSC Batteries, Battery Charger, Spares and Transport Case.

www.instanteyerobotics.com

Warrior West 18 – Lockheed Martin Indago Payloads

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

During last Fall’s UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day by ADS, I mentioned Lockheed Martin’s Indago 2 UAV and payload. The Noctus Dual IR payload is now available.

Featuring Dual FLIR Boson IR cameras which provide 640×512 video and 32 deg to 2 degree Field of View zoom, with seamless transition between cameras. Additionally, it incorporates an IR laser pointer. Finally, the payload is paired with real-time Geo location and Geo pointing capability as well as object tracking.