Aircraft carrier, shmairecraft carrier. This UAV just out-did the U.S. military complex, twice in one day.
Watch the X-47B's pioneering launch from the deck of the George H. W. Bush.
Aberporth is a Welsh city whose name doesn't come up terribly often in the tech press. That might change as a small civilian-owned airport transforms itself into a center for UAV (read: Drone) innovation.
An unmanned drone using liquid hydrogen as its fuel has successfully completed the first of many tests needed before being cleared for flight. The aircraft, known as the Phantom Eye, undertook a medium-speed taxi along 4,000 feet of runway at Edwards Air Force base, reaching speeds of 34.5 mph.
It's been a long time coming, but the U.S. Congress just handed two orders to the Federal Aviation Administration: to upgrade its radar system to GPS and to open up manned airspace to unmanned drones. The latter is causing some concern, but both of these things, if done right, could mean some great things for aviation.
Stealthy drones with missiles and bombs are a good way to take out enemy air defenses, but all too often pesky humans end up in the way. Now the Air Force wants to equip drones with microwave beam weapons that can fry hardware without killing anyone in the process.
America's military could make history with a change to its air force: removing the need for pilots by requiring that the next generation of combat planes can be controlled remotely like a drone.
Flaps are an essential part of an aircraft. They drive its maneuverability, helping it turn and control airspeed. It's impressive then that the "Demon," a British UAV, manages to break all the rules and forgo flaps altogether, getting clearance as the U.K.'s first "flapless" aircraft.
Sometimes the aftermath of a natural disaster is just as bad as the disaster itself, as the rescue teams on the ground can face a stiff challenge when it comes to communicating with the outside world and one another. Of course, our favorite problem solvers are here to help: tiny flying robots.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming more and more prevalent, allowing for our military to get views of areas from above without sending any humans into harm's way. But they're generally pretty passive, unable to pick stuff up. Not so with Yale's new Aerial Manipulator.