Less than half a year after being greenlit, the US Navy’s newest broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) platform, the MQ-4C Triton, has just passed a major developmental milestone—as well as the whole of the contiguous United States. Read more…
The Pocket Flyer, developed in Massachusetts, will carry a panoramic camera that provides a 360-degree view from the drone.
In a hangar at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, a 23-year-old soldier named Matthew stands in front of a plane hes flown dozens, perhaps hundreds of times over Afghanistan, Iraq, perhaps Yemen or the Philippines, even parts of Europe. Except, hes never physically been over any of those places, and hes never been inside the plane.Matthew, a drone pilot, has been on the front lines for the last three years without traveling more than 20 minutes from the nearest Walmart. His drone, the Global Hawk, is a surveillance and support plane—it isnt armed, but its flying over many of the same places Predator drones are, and then, really, a few more.You cant find a conflict where theres not a Global Hawk nearby, Paul Bauman, commander of Matthew’s squad, told me
Robots are everywhere and theyre not going away: Theyre taking our jobs, theyre flying in our skies, theyre making our stock market trades, and soon enough theyll be driving our cars. It is, finally, time for the US government to create a Federal Robotics Commission.In some sense, its long overdue: Look at what the mess that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration went through with Toyotas mysteriously self-accelerating cars. Look at how drones have made one of the governments most successful agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration, look completely incompetent. Then think about whats going to happen when a driverless car inevitably kills someone
It’s like Inception, but with UAVs: the guys at Flite Test recently sought to redefine ‘overkill’ by using four remote-controlled aircraft to deliver one stick of gum. Because science. Read more..