November 27, 2007 |
It was considered a stunning turn in warfare when a remotely controlled aircraft on a reconnaissance flight over Afghanistan spotted a Taliban convoy and fired a jury-rigged Hellfire missile, striking and destroying the target. The headline-grabbing flight in late 2001 -- though rudimentary and under remote human control -- marked the first search-and-destroy mission by a flying drone, and it propelled robotic warfare from the pages of science fiction to the battlefield.
May 22, 2007 |
Police in the English county of Merseyside tested a tiny airborne drone fitted with a closed-circuit TV camera they said would be used to spy on criminals. The battery-operated drone, which resembles a miniature helicopter, is operated by remote control and can record images from a height of 1,500 feet. Made by the German company Microdrones, the drone is 3 feet wide and weighs less than 2 1/2 pounds. Its design was based in part on pilotless military aircraft used for reconnaissance.
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November 20, 2006 |
They've become a fixture in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, a new breed of unmanned aircraft operated with remote controls by "pilots" sitting in virtual cockpits many miles away. But the Air Force's Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft has never flown a mission over the United States. That is set to change today, when the first Global Hawk lands at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, a city about 40 miles north of Sacramento.
October 12, 2006 |
Boeing Co. said it would stop research and development on its Little Bird unmanned aircraft in favor of a newer program. Little Bird, an update of a utility helicopter used in Vietnam, is an older technology that had largely been funded by Boeing. The company instead will focus on its new unmanned aircraft, the A160 Hummingbird, which has received more government funds, Boeing said this week.
October 9, 2005 |
Four driverless vehicles outfitted with lasers, radar and GPS conquered a grueling 131-mile course in the Nevada desert Saturday, achieving a milestone in robotics that will win one of the teams a $2-million prize from the Defense Department. "You really have seen history made," said Anthony Tether, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which sponsored the race. "We have a winner." It was unclear, however, who that was.
October 5, 2005 |
The riderless motorcycle tore out of the chute and promptly plowed into a tin barricade. Then, to the amazement of hundreds of spectators at Fontana's California Speedway, the 90cc Yamaha named Ghostrider picked itself up and sped away. A year ago, 15 robot competitors participated in the Defense Department's first million-dollar challenge to design a vehicle that could drive and navigate without a human controller.