UNMANNED SYSTEMS UPDATE
10 Sep 07. QinetiQ’s Zephyr UAV exceeds official world record for longest duration unmanned flight. QinetiQ’s Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE)
UAV has exceeded the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight with a 54 hour flight achieved during trials at the US Military’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The flight trials were funded through the MOD research programme. The duration of the flight exceeded the current official FAI world record for unmanned flight which stands at 30 hours 24 minutes set by Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4A Global Hawk on 22 March 2001. However because there was no FAI official present at White Sands it may not stand as an official world record.
07 Sep 07. General Atomics of San Diego, California is being awarded a firm fixed price contract for $94,341,404.This action will provide for 36 Predator MQ-1B Aircraft, Aircraft Spares, RSP kits, Hellfire Missile Kit Installation, IMA’s and core tasks. At this time, all funds have been authorized.For more information please call (937) 904-6986.658 AESS/PK, Building 557, 2640 Loop Road West, Rm 213, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base OH 45433-7106 is the contracting activity (FA8620-05-G-3028 0027).
05 Sep 07. USAF issues Phase 2 funds for continued hybrid UAV work. The US Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratories (AFRL) have released Phase 2 funding worth USD750,000 for the continued development of a hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of remaining airborne for up to one year at 65,000 ft. A D-STAR Engineering Corporation spokesperson told Jane’s that the allocation of Phase 2 funding follows the successful completion of the USD100,000 Phase 1 conceptual development and preliminary design stage of the programme in May 2007. (Source: Jane’s)