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Navy Unmanned Aircraft Sets the Bar

Night-flying X-47B: Photo USN

The Navy's X-47B unmanned aircraft has completed its final test aboard 'USS Theodore Roosevelt' (CVN 71) and has returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea
, informs U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. While underway, the X-47B flew in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft for the first time and conducted a total of five catapult launches, four arrestments and nine touch-and-go landings, including a night time shipboard flight deck handling evaluation. "This is another detachment for the record books; all tests were safely and effectively executed," said Capt. Beau Duarte, Navy's Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager. "We have set the bar for the future of unmanned carrier aviation."
 Testing began Aug. 17 when the X-47B performed its initial cooperative launch and recovery cycle with an F/A-18. With its automatic wing-fold capability and new tailhook retract system, the X-47B met the program's objective to demonstrate that carrier-based manned and unmanned aircraft could maintain a 90 second aircraft launch and recovery interval.

 Throughout the week, the Navy/Northrop Grumman test team captured X-47B flying quality and recovery wind condition data to evaluate how the aircraft responds to wake turbulence during approach and landing. This data will be used to improve a simulation model for use with carrier-based aircraft.


Top Brass Witness Future of Naval Aviation Unfold

Unmanned Aircraft Lands on Aircraft Carrier: Photo credit USN

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes the first ever carrier-based arrested landing on board 'USS George H.W. Bush' off the coast of Virginia. "It isn't very often you get a glimpse of the future. Today, those of us aboard USS George H.W. Bush got that chance as we witnessed the X-47B make its first ever arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus


Radix Marine to Acquire Patrol Craft Prototype

Radix Marine, Inc, a marine vessel development company specializing in homeland defense initiatives, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, through an Equipment Lease and Purchase Agreement, the GB Challenger Class Craft, the working prototype of the company's high-speed unmanned patrol watercraft. Radix Marine will own the GB Challenger outright at the conclusion of the five-year lease with Blue Ribbon Leasing and Financial, Inc


Unmanned US Navy ASW Vessel Contract for SAIC

Science Applications International (SAIC) awarded US Navy DARPA contract for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Unmanned Vessel. The contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program phases two through four to design, build and test a new prototype unmanned autonomous surface vessel.  The DARPA ACTUV program aims to develop an unmanned autonomous surface vessel with the ability to


Navy's Unmanned Plane Take-Off a Seminal 2013 Navy Event

X-47B Aircraft on deck: Photo credit USN

The first-ever launch of an unmanned aircraft from a modern aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, was described by Rear Adm. Mat Winter 
Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, as – "An inflection point in history". He adds: "These are exciting times for the Navy as we are truly doing something that has never been done before – something I never imagined could be done during my 29-year naval career.


Carrier Exercises Tandem Unmanned & Manned Flights

Combined flight exercise: Photo USN

An un-manned X-47B has completed a series of tests, operating safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft from 'USS Theodore Roosevelt' informs the US Navy. Building on lessons learned from its first test period aboard TR in November 2013, the X-47B team is now focused on perfecting deck operations and performing maneuvers with manned aircraft in the flight pattern. "Today we showed that the X-47B could take off


Fairweather Forms New Subsidiary Tulugaq

The only aircraft of its kind operating in Alaska, Tulugaq’s DA42 combines remote sensing capabilities with low visibility and quiet operation to conduct complex data collection operations without disturbing protected wildlife. (Photo: Tulugaq)

Following the recent acquisition of VDOS, a worldwide company in airborne remote sensing operations, Fairweather, LLC has announced the formation of subsidiary Tulugaq, LLC -- the result of a partnership between Fairweather, LLC, Olgoonik Corporation and Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation. Tulugaq (pronounced “too-lu-gak”) is the native Inupiat word for “raven.” The company was formed to bolster Fairweather’s remote sensing and real-time scientific data


Lost NZ Ferry Propeller Found 120m Down in Cook Strait

Ferry Aratere: Photo courtesy of Interislander

The propeller had been lost earlier this month from the Interislander ferry, the 'Aratere', which is expected to be out of service for 6 months as a result, but the propeller has now been found in Cook Strait by Seawork Salvage Co., contracted by KiwiRail, reports Radio New Zealand. The propeller was discovered about two nautical miles from Tory Channel, by using sonar equipment and an unmanned vehicle. Citing a Seawork spokesman


Navy Unmanned Helicopter Wish-List Getting Real

Pilotless Fire Scout Helicopter: Photo credit PD-USGOV-MILITARY-NAVY.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company's unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system for operational missions in 2014. "Since 2006 we have conducted final assembly of the earlier MQ-8B Fire Scout aircraft from our Moss Point


KVH Precision Sensors for Geodetics' Inertial Navigation Systems

KVH’s 1750 IMU is an ultra-compact, extremely precise inertial sensor system.

 KVH Industries entered into a strategic partnership with Geodetics Inc., a leader in the development of real-time, high-precision position and navigation solutions. The goal is to provide high performance positioning and navigation products for commercial applications requiring high levels of precision, from unmanned platforms to terrestrial navigation. Geodetics is integrating the KVH 1750 inertial measurement unit (IMU) into two solutions: Geo-INAV Advanced


Ingalls Starts Fabrication on NSC Kimball

Paul Bosarge, a burner specialist workleaderman at Ingalls Shipbuilding, initiates a cut of steel on the National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) using the Avenger 3 Plasma cutter (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has officially started fabrication on the U.S. Coast Guard's seventh National Security Cutter (NSC), Kimball (WMSL 756).   "We continue to increase our learning on this shipbuilding program


Oil Platform Ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico

Photo: BSEE

Fire broke out on an unmanned oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico approximately five miles south of Port Fourchon, La., the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reported.   BSEE is responding to the damaged unmanned platform in South Timbalier (ST) Block 27


Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conduct a fly over during the Commander, Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at

  Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island Jan. 22. During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Vice Adm. David H. Buss as CNAF.


HII Acquires Engineering Solutions Division

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers.   As a previous stand-alone division within The Columbia Group


French Nuclear Plants in New Mystery Drone Overflights

Nuclear Power Plant

  Unidentified drones illegally overflew five French nuclear power plants overnight, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday, in the latest of a series of unexplained incidents that have raised safety concerns. The small unmanned aircraft were detected late on Friday above


Design (R)Evolutions

ReVolt The unmanned, battery powered vessel ReVolt is envisioned by DNV GL to revolutionize short-sea shipping.  (Image: DNV GL)

While the maritime industry is widely labeled ‘conservative’ in its adoption of new technologies to make operations more efficient and cost effective, recent years have seen a decided uptick in the level and sophistication of design, external and internal, across the maritime spectrum


US Warship Departs for Final Deployment

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works

To begin the ship's final deployment, USS Simpson (FFG 56) departed her homeport Nov. 14, for regularly scheduled theater security missions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Commanded by Cmdr. Ken Anderson, the crew concluded a highly-successful maintenance availability and intense


USS Fort Worth Arrives in US 7th Fleet

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) provides a sea-going platform for a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from U.S. Army 25th Combat Aviation Brigade to conduct deck landing qualifications off the coast of Hawaii. Fo

Littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Dec. 4, marking a key initial milestone in its 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance. Building on USS Freedom's (LCS 1) inaugural 10-month deployment from


US Navy Deploys Shipboard Laser Weapon

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams) Caption

 Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the laser weapon system (LaWS) - a cutting-edge weapon that brings new capabilities to America's Sailors and Marines - was for the first time deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf.  


US Navy Tests Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

The GhostSwimmer vehicle, developed by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell project Silent NEMO, undergoes testing at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story. Project Silent NEMO is an experiment which explores the possible uses for a biomimetic device developed by the Office of Naval Research. (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Guttierrez III)

The U.S. Navy completed tests on the GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC-FS), Dec. 11.   GhostSwimmer is the latest in a series of science-fiction-turned-reality projects developed by the chief of naval operations' Rapid


Northrop Grumman Sponsors Jubilee Sailing Trust

  Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is among the sponsors of  the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), a registered charity whose mission is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities, including injured and recovering servicemen and women


USCG Urge Precaution During Impending Storms

USCG

  The Coast Guard is urging mariners and the coastal community to take precautions in preparation of two storms expected to impact the Northeast Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory in anticipation of storm surges and locally heavy


Wärtsilä X62 Engine Ready for Production

Wärtsilä X62 two-stroke engine has successfully passed its design validation and type approval tests (Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä reports that its first X62 two-stroke engine has successfully passed its design validation, type approval tests and necessary sea trials, and is therefore ready for full market availability. The Wärtsilä X62 is the latest in Wärtsilä's X-Generation of


Statoil Evacuates North Sea Platforms Ahead of Storm

A Statoil offshore field (file photo, courtesy Statoil)

Norwegian oil and gas producer Statoil is moving some workers off seven North Sea platforms in anticipation of a weekend storm, but production should not be affect, a spokesman said on Friday. "We are partly unmanning the Statfjord B and C, Troll B, Snorre B, Veslefrikk


US Navy Expands Shipboard Missile Authorization

Standard Missile-6 (Photo courtesy of Raytheon)

The U.S. Navy authorized ships in the Aegis Combat Weapon System baselines 5.3 and 3.A.0 series to carry the Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6. The authorization expands the missile's use from five ships to more than 35 ships.   "SM-6 is the longest range integrated air and missile






 
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