July 22, 2024

RoboNation’s SUAS Competition Comes to St. Mary’s

Hundreds of university and high school students from more than 70 schools across the globe will descend on Southern Maryland to compete their self-built unmanned systems at the 22nd annual RoboNation Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition on June 25-26 at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport.

Analysis: Spending on UAS to Surge

UAS

Unmanned aerial systems will continue to be one of the most dynamic growth sectors of the world aerospace industry. Recent analysis estimates military UAS research spending is expected to be $71.8 billion over the next decade.

MQ-4C Triton Anti-Ice Testing Underway at Pax River

Triton

The MQ-4C Triton test team conducted the first flight to assess the unmanned aircraft system’s ability to fly with wing ice accumulation January 25 at NAS Patuxent River.

Navy’s Challenge: Try to Hack the Machine

Hack

Military and civilian participants are invited to join HACKtheMACHINE this week to help the US Navy solve digital, data, and cyber problems. The Office of Naval Research calls the hacking competition the “Blue Angels for geeks.”

Navy Salvage Team Joins Search for Crashed F-35A

The Japan F-35A that crashed into the Pacific Ocean about three weeks ago is believed to be lying on the ocean floor. The US 7th Fleet has sent a Navy salvage team to help find the plane.

Volunteers Needed at AUVSI SUAS Competition

Volunteers Needed at AUVSI SUAS Competition

There is an opportunity to help out at the annual AUVSI Student Competition, and The Patuxent Partnership is helping to spread the word in hopes of recruiting some volunteers for the Wednesday, June 13, through Saturday, June 16, 2018, event at NAVAIR Webster Field.

The Year Ahead for Military UAVs

Military Drone Exports

The US and the West are not alone when it comes to fielding advanced unmanned aerial vehicles. Its likely in 2017 western militaries will invest in complex UAVs; smaller countries will seek a basic level of drone capability.

Cybersecurity Talent in Short Supply

cybersecurity

Shortage of cybersecurity talent continues. Achieving successful cybersecurity is an all-hands-on-deck effort by academia, industry, and government.

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.

Netherlands Says Yes to F-35; Insitu Wins $330M UAV Contract

Dutch government calls F-35 purchase “the most future-proof option.” Also, industry advances positive as DoD, law enforcement, and Congress weigh in on tragic events at Washington Navy Yard.