September 24, 2017

DefSec: Investments Continue in UAS Technology

Don’t count unmanned aerial systems out just yet. A Senate subcommittee hears that investments are still being made in the UAS technology despite the military’s shift to more advanced systems.

Wallops Hopes to Land East Coast Drone Hub

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Virginia wants to establish a facility for drone testing at the Wallops Flight Facility. Officials say the permanent duty station would provide 400 jobs. It is in competition with Key West Naval Air Station and Mayport Naval Air Station in Florida.

Infrastructure Moves Up on HASC Budget List

After years of shifting infrastructure dollars to acquisitions, the House Armed Services Committee looks ready to pony up for bricks and mortar.

Air Force Leads UAS Purchasing

150422-N-CE233-377 PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (April 22, 2015) The Navy's unmanned X-47B receives fuel from an Omega K-707 tanker while operating in the Atlantic Test Ranges over the Chesapeake Bay. This test marked the first time an unmanned aircraft refueled in flight. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

While the Air Force leads for now, the Navy’s UAS purchasing is growing the fastest in the forces.

Navy Considers Tying UAVs to Fighter Jets

F-35C JSF formation

The Navy has been going through a lot of UAV considerations and now may look to connecting its drone platforms to F-35s, E-2s or Super Hornets.

Davin Promoted at Compass Systems

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Taylor Davin has been appointed director of business development and proposals at Compass Systems Inc.

Compass Sponsors Displaced Vet Housing at Greenwell

Compass Systems Inc. joins Greenwell Foundation to build non-traditional displaced vet housing at Greenwell State Park. compass-sys-inc.com/

Transportation & FAA want All Drones Registered

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All drones, even those operated by hobbyists, could be required to register with the Dept. of Transportation and/or Federal Aviation Authority, perhaps as soon as November.

Russian & US Aircraft Too Close Over Syria

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Moscow agrees to continue talks about continuing close encounters between their aircraft and US manned and unmanned aircraft.

Drones in Restricted Airspace Face $1.9M Fine

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FAA proposes $1.9 million fine on SkyPan International Inc., a small Chicago-based aerial-photography firm for 65 flights of drones in restricted airspace.