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.
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September 11, 2005 |
In the midst of the Cold War, when Nike missile sites dotted the Southland, a bright red runaway Navy drone airplane veered off course and headed for Los Angeles, triggering a dangerous sequence of events known as the "Battle of Palmdale." It's not a battle that the military could say it won back on Aug. 16, 1956.
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August 31, 2005 |
The U.S. Border Patrol said Tuesday that it would use an unmanned plane to spot human and drug smugglers along the Mexican border. The agency will pay $14.1 million for a Predator B plane, including one year of service and maintenance, said agency spokesman Mario Villarreal. The Predator B will begin patrolling the border next month. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., the manufacturer, says it has delivered seven Predator Bs to the U.S. Air Force.
April 12, 2005 |
The militant group Hezbollah flew a spy drone over northern Israel, saying it was in retaliation for Israel's flights over Lebanon. The Israeli military confirmed that the plane crossed into the western part of Israel's Galilee region. It was the second time in recent months that the Shiite Muslim guerrilla group had sent an unmanned drone over Israel.
November 8, 2004 |
In a development that could heighten tensions between Israel and Iran, guerrillas of the Lebanon-based Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah succeeded Sunday, apparently for the first time, in penetrating Israeli airspace with an unmanned aerial drone. The Israeli military acknowledged the incursion in a terse statement and said the aircraft had been supplied by Iran.
May 21, 2004 |
NASA said it was launching a program that could have robotic planes and conventionally piloted aircraft routinely and safely sharing civil airspace by 2008. Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are now limited primarily to restricted test or military airspace. Industry association UAV National Industry Team, the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration are participating in the program, which aims to deliver to the FAA proposals for sharing airspace.