Sub launched Blackwing UAV can control a swarm of unmanned robotic subs and other UAVs

miércoles, 21 de septiembre de 2016

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  • AeroVironment’s Blackwing Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) links manned submarines to unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) while providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
  • End-to-end system testing completed by Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Rhode Island validates first UUV-to-submarine link via UAV data relay
  • Blackwing’s tight integration into the US Navy’s submarine fleet using an open-architecture communication system will enable communication and control of multiple unmanned vehicles over long distance

RHODE ISLAND, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Division, Sept. 7, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc.(NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, today announced the United States Navy has successfully demonstrated the use of its submarine-launched BlackwingTM UAV to link with a swarm of unmanned undersea vehicles and communicate with the submarine combat control system during the Annual Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) on August 16.

Along with providing a new and unique intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability to submarine commanders, the Blackwing UAV can also provide high-speed data and communication relay for Command and Control (C2) between geographically separated vessels such as manned submarines, unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and surface ships. Deployed UUVs collect large quantities of data while conducting diverse missions ranging from mine-hunting to wide-area oceanographic sensing.During the ANTX exercise, an AeroVironment developed, government-owned, secure digital datalink called DDLTM, integrated into all Blackwing UAVs, relayed real-time information from the surrogate manned submarine via the Blackwing UAV to and from multiple UUVs.

Blackwing builds on AeroVironment’s extensive development and operational experience with its SwitchbladeTM Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) and its common DDL to provide the Navy with a deployable submarine launched unmanned aircraft vehicle optimized for distributed Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environments.

“Our Naval Undersea Warfare Center partners seek solutions for quickly and seamlessly linking the air and undersea domains to enhance warfighter capability. We successfully demonstrated the innovative utility of AeroVironment’s new Blackwing unmanned air vehicle,” said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. “Blackwing delivers significant value to the undersea community, and we look forward to working closely with our partners to expand this powerful new capability to enable underwater vehicles and cross-domain interoperability. In addition to our Navy partners, we also thank our industry partner Sparton for their continued support on Blackwing efforts.”

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Air Force May Consider Unmanned Northrop B-21 In The Future - Investor's Business Daily [feedly]

Investor's Business Daily
Air Force May Consider Unmanned Northrop B-21 In The Future
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Lockheed to receive $147 million for Tactical Boost Glide prototype
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Small, commercial unmanned aerial vehicles pose an imminent threat to sensitive government facilities, but the US Air Force must wait on approval from a complex web of government agencies before moving forward with a drone defense strategy, according to the head of the US Air Force Global Strike Command.

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Aurora's Orion UAV Returning To Flight After Pause - Aviation Week [feedly]


Aviation Week

Aurora's Orion UAV Returning To Flight After Pause
Aviation Week
Orion UAV: Aurora Flight Sciences. FORT WASHINGTON, Maryland—Aurora Flight Science's record-breaking Orion UAV will fly again, but the company has declined to provide details about specific flights and who is sponsoring them as they are still being .

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Falling with style
http://www.aerosociety.com/News/Insight-Blog/4751/Falling-with-style

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Tech Breakthrough: Lockheed Martin Opens Advanced Bioenergy Plant [feedly]

Tech Breakthrough: Lockheed Martin Opens Advanced Bioenergy Plant
http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2016/september/mfc-tech-breakthrough-lockheed-martin-opens-advanced-bioenergy-plant.html

New System to Convert Waste into Clean Power for the Lockheed Martin Facility in Owego, New York

OWEGO, New York, Sept. 20, 2016 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) opened a new bioenergy facility in Owego, New York, at a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The system, which is now completing commissioning, uses Concord Blue's advanced technology that will convert waste into clean, renewable energy.

"This new bioenergy technology can change the way our world addresses clean energy and waste management challenges," said Frank Armijo, vice president of Lockheed Martin Energy.  "At our bioenergy facility in Owego, we're able to reduce our own energy costs while also demonstrating the groundbreaking capability of our technology to potential users."

How It Works

This self-sustaining system can transform waste into electricity through a process called advanced gasification. There are four key steps in the process:

  • Waste Collection: Wood-waste, municipal solid waste, industrial waste and more can be collected and used as input. The Owego facility will initially use wood-waste, with plans to transition to municipal, commercial or industrial waste to create its power in the future.
  • Waste Conditioning: Metal, glass and other materials are removed, and the waste is dried to specification.
  • Gas Creation: Proprietary heat carrier spheres are heated and mixed in with the organic waste. Once a certain temperature is reached, the solid waste turns into gas, which then travels to a reforming vessel where the gas is turned into synthesis gas (syngas).
  • Power Generation: The syngas is then used to fuel a combustion engine that produces electricity. Alternatively, the syngas can also be used to produce hydrogen and biofuels.

Unlike incineration, the process is oxygen-free and flame-free, which means no harmful byproducts are produced, emissions are limited and waste going to landfills is greatly reduced.

What's Next

Building off experience gained during development of the Owego facility, Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue recently began construction on a bioenergy plant in Herten, Germany. The facility will convert 50,000 tons of feedstock per year into 5 megawatts of energy output, enough to power about 5,000 local homes and businesses.

Concord Blue's unique technology benefits the environment, fulfilling all international, Environmental Protection Agency and European regulations for renewable energy and air emissions. Concord Blue operates globally, with offices in the United States, Germany and India.

Lockheed Martin Energy is a line of business within Lockheed Martin that delivers comprehensive solutions across the energy industry to include demand response solutions, energy efficiency, energy storage, nuclear systems, ocean energy technologies and bioenergy generation.

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com/energy

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com.

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Update: Two pilots eject as U-2 crashes in California

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- A U-2 crashed shortly after takeoff at approximately 9:05 a.m. Sept. 20 near the Sutter Buttes mountain range. Two pilots were onboard and ejected from the aircraft.

The aircraft was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, and was on a training mission. Two pilots were onboard and ejected the aircraft. One pilot is confirmed deceased, while the other sustained injuries.

The incident is currently under investigation.




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