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Feb 07. The U.S. government is pushing ahead with developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, for land border security with Canada. Officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said last week they would work with the Federal Aviation Administration to impose flight restrictions around a North Dakota air base where the new UAV will be tested. The UAV, a version of the military MQ9 Predator B equipped with special cameras and other sensors, and with the ability to stay in the air for up to 30 hours, will be able to monitor remote and inaccessible regions of the border with Canada, officials say. The flight restrictions, which will apply to small planes operating below 18,000 feet, are necessary because of the danger of collisions, but they will draw protests from those who own or fly private planes. (Source: Shephard)

09 Feb 07. Schilling Robotics has received an order from Acergy for four additional ultraheavy-duty ROV systems. These systems, from Schilling’s Acergy Core Vehicle™ (ACV™) line, are the product of close collaboration with Acergy. Schilling was selected by Acergy in 2006 to produce the standard ROV system for the company’s next-generation remote intervention fleet. The ACV, which is based on Schilling’s standard ultraheavy-duty UHD™ system, adds power, flexibility, and enhanced vehicle control to Acergy’s fleet. The four ordered ACV vehicles have 150-shp power packs. They are rated for 3000-meter operation, and can be easily upgraded for 4000-meter depth ratings. The systems feature eight thrusters, four vertical and four horizontal, for extra stability. The ACVs are equipped with Schilling’s StationKeep™ utility, the only dynamic positioning system available for ROVs. The ROVs also use Schilling’s Digital Telemetry System™, which includes advanced capabilities such as HDTV. (Source: Shephard)

Feb 07. MMIST embarks on C$30m cargo UAV project. MMIST has obtained a strategic investment from TPC to assist in the development of next generation products, designed to reduce the risk of cargo delivery in remote and hostile environments. “We are genuinely pleased Canada has chosen to make this strategic investment in MMIST. As a direct result of this, MMIST will create a family of second generation Cargo Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) designed specifically to take on missions that presently demand an unacceptably high level of risk from pilots, soldiers, peacekeepers and disaster relief teams. This R&D initiative will build upon MMIST’s successful CQ-10A SnowGoose cargo UAV and family of Sherpa GPS guided parafoil systems. Our second generation systems represent a quantum increase in overall system effectiveness with increased cargo capacity, endurance, while simultaneously reducing operating costs.” stated McCann(Source: Shephard)

Feb 07. US Navy Details Requirement for Autonomous UAV Collision Avoidance System. Navy STTR FY2007 – Topic N07-T025
Opens: February 20, 2007 – Closes: March 21, 20076:00am EST
N07-T025 TITLE: Autonomous UAV Collision Avoidance
TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Air Platform, Sensors, Electronics
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
OBJECTIVE: To develop a radar sensor compatible with small UAVs that permits safe/reliable autonomous flight in civilian airspace.
DESCRIPTION: The goal of this topic is to develop a radar based collision avoidance sensor suite (RCASS) compatible with small UAVs (< 11 foot wingspan, i.e. Silver Fox class size) for collision avoidance supporting autonomous flights in air spaces co-located with manned air space. Current UAV flights are severely restricted to avoid po

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