#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Nov.17 – The Pentagon’s main research arm wants to find out what a flying “aircraft carrier” carrying a fleet of small aerial drones might look like and how much it would cost the military.
The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency announced Sunday it would open a competition for proposals to build a large aircraft — similar to a C-130 — that could carry and distribute aerial drones across a large area. DARPA officials said they wanted to see proposals for a system that could both launch the drones, but also recover them mid-flight.
“We want to find ways to make smaller aircraft more effective, and one promising idea is enabling existing large aircraft, with minimal modification, to become ‘aircraft carriers in the sky’,” said Dan Patt, DARPA program manager.
DARPA wants the proposals to allow for a flight demonstration of the aircraft and the drones within four years. Officials expect to use the proposals to build an official DARPA program for the system.
Source: RT – DARPA – Technology Media News
#AceNewsServices – CHINA – Nov.15 – China has developed and successfully tested a highly accurate laser defence system against light drones CCTV America reported.
The home-made machine boasts a two-kilometre range and can down “various small aircraft” within five seconds of locating its target.
Boasting high speed, great precision and low noise, the system is aimed at destroying unmanned, small-scale drones flying under an altitude of 500 meters and at speeds below 50 meters per second, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a statement by one of the developers, the China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP).
A recent test saw the machine successfully bring down over 30 drones – a 100-percent success rate, according to the statement. The laser system is expected to play a key role in ensuring security during major events in urban areas.
“Intercepting such drones is usually the work of snipers and helicopters, but their success rate is not as high and mistakes with accuracy can result in unwanted damage,” explained Yi Jinsong, a manager with China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corp.
Yi told Xinhua that small-scale, unmanned drones are relatively cheap and easy to use, which makes them a lucrative choice for terrorists. Concerns have also been raised recently over drones involved in unlicensed mapping activities, and the negative effect this could have on both military and civil aerial activities.
The academy is currently working on developing similar laser security systems with greater power and range, the Chinese news agency reported.
The drone industry has been booming in recent years, with the challenge to build small, hard-to-track drones that are difficult shoot down.
Contribution of RT – Xinhua News Agency – CAEP – CCTV America
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#AceNewsServices – LONDON – November 06 – The construction of the most advanced drone testing lab in the United Kingdom will begin at the Imperial College London in 2016, The Guardian reported Thursday.
“It’s an excellent opportunity to create a state-of-the-art facility, not only in the UK but worldwide,” the director of Imperial College’s aerial robotics lab Dr. Mirko Kovac was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
“The time is right to invest in drones because devices like smartphones are so widespread, technology like the GPS chip has become small and cheap and can be used for drones, which has fueled this type of research,” he added.
According to Kovac, the facility will be “unique and will allow us to research and test combustion for flying robots so that we can develop new engines and new principles for robotics using hazardous chemicals”.
#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – November 04 – The US staged several overnight drone attacks on suspected militants near Rada, a town in south Yemen which fell under al-Qaeda control in 2012, AFP reports.
According to tribal sources and eyewitnesses, the militants were preparing to withdraw from the town ahead of approaching Houthi rebels, a powerful group of Shiites with whom they have been fighting for control over the Al-Bayda province for almost two weeks, during the attack.
Washington has acknowledged using drones in Yemen, but does not typically confirm specific attacks.
#AceNewsServices PAKISTAN September 27 Discussions are questioning whether CIA drone attacks in Pakistan are responsible for unlawful killings, some of which may amount to war crimes.
For years now Pakistanis have expressed their outrage at the US drone strikes in Pakistan, which they claim cause indiscriminate deaths and injuries.
The Pakistan government also continues to express criticism, saying it injects mass hatred in the population, is a violation of sovereignty and fuels terrorism.
The unmanned aircraft attack from the sky. The US government adopted this method to kill and target terror suspects.
They say the use of drones is vital to defend itself against terrorist threats as drone warfare is successful in the US pursuit of al- Qaeda and the Taliban.
This legal expert explains why they are problematic. Although the Pakistan government supports the concerns expressed by the international community on America’s drone campaign, many insiders believe they play a dubious game.
They say that while Islamabad publicly condemns drone strikes, it is secretly complicit with the US government.
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – March – 29 – The Pentagon’s research arm is launching a program to unite existing and future drones into hives, where individual autonomous aircraft will share data and operate together against targets on a battlefield – all while being controlled by one human.
The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced that, on April 11, it will hold a “proposer’s day” for its Collaborative Operations in Denied Environments (CODE) program. CODE’s objective is to expand capacity of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to include “autonomy and inter-platform collaboration.” https://www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=a44fdf55513a55510fd8785ed58a0f85
“Collaborative autonomy has the potential to significantly increase the capabilities of [existing drones] as well as to reduce the cost of future systems by composing heterogeneous teams of [drones] that can leverage the capabilities of each asset without having to duplicate or integrate capabilities into a single platform,” DARPA’s announcement explains.
“Using collaboration algorithms, drones can provide services to each other, such as geolocating targets with long-distance sensors and guiding less-capable systems within their sensor range, providing multimodal sensors and diverse observation angles to improve target identification, transmitting critical information through the network…and protecting each other by overwhelming defences and other stratagems.”
Read More: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/03/darpa-wants-drones-that-work-like-enders-game/
#AceWorldNews says that a NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan accidentally killed five Afghan soldiers on Thursday, officials said, the latest incident likely to worsen already fraught relations between Kabul and the US-led coalition.
NATO offered its condolences over the deaths and vowed action to avoid further mistakes, but President Hamid Karzai has often seized on botched airstrikes to launch bitter criticism of the international military effort in Afghanistan.
“At 3:30am this morning, due to a NATO air strike in Charkh district, Logar province, five service members of the Afghan national army were martyred and eight others were wounded,” defence ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said on his Twitter account.
Khalilullah Kamal, the Charkh district governor, told AFP he had visited the site of the attack, which he said was from a US drone.
“The post is totally destroyed,” he said. “The Americans used to be in that post but since they left, the ANA (Afghan national army) took over. The post is on a hilltop.
The attack was conducted by drones.”
#AceSocialNews says that Facebook is reportedly in talks to take over an American-based aerospace company, and if so the social networking site could soon have its fleet of drones delivering the internet to currently unconnected people across the world.
TechCrunch was the first website to report this week on rumors that Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is interesting in acquiring Titan Aerospace — a deal that is believed to be worth as much as $60 million.
But while that hefty sum is not exactly chump change, it’s just a fraction of what Facebook has spent on other acquisitions recently: Facebook bought mobile photo app Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock in 2012, and only weeks ago forked over nineteen-times that to acquire the rights to the WhatsApp program.
This time, however, Facebook could be getting its hands on some drones, and ideally harnessing the abilities of those unmanned aerial vehicles to bring the internet to the estimated 2.7 billion people currently without access.
Titan Aerospace is responsible for making near-orbital, solar-powered drones, and TechCrunch says Facebook could be spending millions of dollars to acquire the company and get around 11,000 of those small UAVs in return.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook’s new arsenal would be composed of Titan’s “Solara 60” UAVs, an aircraft that can carry a payload of 250 pounds apiece.
On the Titan website, the company explains that these drones can be used for anything from weather monitoring to disaster recovery to earth imaging, and provides customers with “easy access to real-time high-resolution images of the earth, voice and data services, and other atmospheric-based sensor systems.”
RT – TechCrunch – #ASN2014
#AceWorldNews says according to the latest post on CMD – Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ recent purchase of the Washington Post has brought him and his giant retail and technology corporation increased attention in recent months. But his latest initiative promoting the use of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, to deliver his company’s products has drawn scrutiny and criticism from numerous parties. One of the main questions everyone is asking is how commercial drones will affect Americans’ privacy rights.