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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. "The operational unmanned aircraft soon to be developed have the opportunity to radically change the way presence and combat power are delivered from our aircraft carriers."

 "We have certainly come a long way in the 102 years since Eugene Ely made the first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier. Naval aviators have always been at the forefront of operational and tactical innovation, and today was no exception," said Mabus. "People make unmanned aviation possible and it is people who will provide the fresh thinking and new ideas so crucial to successes like the X-47B program and the unmanned aircraft of the future." 
 During  testing, the X-47B completed the 35-minute transit from Pax River to the carrier and caught the 3 wire with the aircraft's tailhook. The arrested landing effectively brought the aircraft from approximately 145 knots to stop in less than 350 feet.

Shortly after the initial landing, the aircraft was launched off the ship using the carrier's catapult.


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


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'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.


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


Patrick Stevedores Goes All the Way

Based on the results achieved at the autostrad operation at Patrick’s Fisherman Island berth 7 in Brisbane, Australia, Patrick has now placed an order for 14 Kalmar ESC straddle carriers that will be equipped for unmanned operations. The machines will be delivered to three new berths currently under construction at the company’s Fisherman Islands facility in the Port of Brisbane. The expansion of autostrad operations demonstrates Patrick’s trust in the autostrad concept during 12 months


SeeByte Selected by U.S. for Foreign Comparative Testing

Edinburgh, Scotland - SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems, has been selected by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Comparative Test Office, to participate in a Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program in support of a U.S. Navy Program of Record managed by the Naval Sea Systems Command, EOD Program Office. The FCT is designed to test selected foreign technologies, as evaluated by U.S


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


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


Ingalls Shipbuilding Get Seventh USCG Legend-class Contract

Legend-class cutter: Photo courtesy HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $497 million fixed-price, incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build a seventh Legend-class National Security Cutter (WMSL 756).


US Navy Adds New Research Vessel

Carol Armstrong, sponsor for the R/V Neil Armstrong , breaks a bottle across bow during a christening ceremony at Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., shipyard in Anacortes, Wash. Joining Carol on the platform are Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, left, chief of naval research, Dick Nelson, president, Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., and Kali Armstrong, granddaughter of the late astronaut. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Yesterday marked the christening of the U.S. Navy’s new state-of-the-art Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) scientific research vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) at the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Washington.


Northrop Grumman Appoint MD for Sperry Marine Business

Jeanne Usher: Photo Northrop Grumman

Jeanne Usher has been named managing director of the Sperry Marine business unit, effective immediately inform Northrop Grumman Corporation. Usher succeeds Alan Dix, who recently retired following a distinguished career with the company spanning 33 years.


Homeland Security Secretary Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Ingall Shipbbuilding visit: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division apprises it has hosted a visit by Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.). In the course of their visit the guests toured the shipyard and the Ingalls-built National Security Cutter


Israeli Unmanned Surface Vessel to Debut at Defexpo 2014

Joseph Weiss: Photo courtesy of IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be participating in this year's military systems exhibition in India - Defexpo 2014 - Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security says company CEO & President Joseph Weiss. In the field of Homeland Security (HLS) and protection of maritime economic


ASV Debuts New Unmanned Surface Vehicle

C-Worker (Image: ASV)

ASV introduced C-Worker, a multiuse offshore unmanned surface vehicle developed to conduct subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring for oil and gas operations. C-Worker was demonstrated to members of the oil and gas and offshore surveying industries in January 2014 when ASV


Unmanned Shipping a Topic at Seagoing Conference

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Experts from the maritime industry met on the M/S Pearl Seaways from January 28-30 for the e-Navigation Underway 2014 international conference. One topic of the talks and discussions was unmanned shipping, which Fraunhofer CML is examining and advancing as part of the research project MUNIN


Small Unmanned Boat 'Pioneer' Makes NjordWorks Debut

Unmanned Boat: Image courtesy of NjordWorks

Manufacturer of small unmanned vehicles, NjordWorks Inc., based in  Niceville, Florida, announce the debut of the 'Pioneer' unmanned boat for civil and commercial use. The Pioneer unmanned boat, or unmanned surface vehicle (USV), lives up to its name, say the manufacturers


USCG Crew Awarded for Detroit River Rescue

Stephen Stewart, Elizabeth Nebei and Coast Guard auxiliarist Norman Raymond, crew members of the education vessel Clinton, are awarded the Captain David P. Dobbins Award by U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jeff Ogden, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Detroit, Feb. 19, 2014.They received the award for saving two people in the Detroit River Aug. 11, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) formally recognized the crew of an education vessel at a ceremony Wednesday at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, located at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., for saving two people when they responded to a mayday call in the Detroit River on Aug. 11, 2013.


Unmanned Ships Now a Reality

Drones do it and spacecraft have too, for many years. Recently, also, automobile makers and small boat makers have introduced their first autonomous vehicles on the streets, and waterways. Unmanned vessels on the ocean is no longer a dream – it is a reality


Port of Pittsburgh Seeks Technology Testers

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission seeks local companies and individuals to participate in its Wireless Waterway (WW) Interoperability Test Bed (ITB) the week of June 15, 2014. The commission is accepting applications through April 1, 2014 from interested entrepreneurs


Navy's US$148-Billion FY 2015 Budget: Tough Choices Made

Navy Budget 2015: Image courtesy of USN

Rear Admiral William Lescher, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget explains that in a period of fiscal austerity, the Department of the Navy’s $148 billion FY15 budget balances investments in presence, capabilities and readiness to provide sustainable forward naval presence and


Unmanned Dinghy Located Adrift off Maui

The Coast Guard is seeking the publics assistance after receiving a report of an unmanned adrift black and grey inflatable dinghy offshore approximately two and a half miles west of Kaanapali, Maui, March 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it is seeking the public’s assistance after receiving a report of an unmanned adrift, black and grey inflatable dinghy offshore approximately two and a half miles west of Kaanapali, Maui, Monday. The passenger ferry Molokai Princess reported the dinghy


Swiftships Unveils USV with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette

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Last month, Swiftships Shipbuilders, LLC, in Morgan City, La., showcased the Anaconda-2 – an unmanned, 35-ft. craft in development – during a demonstration on the Atchafalaya River next to its HQ. The company partnered with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette more than a year ago


ABS Approves GTTNA’s LNG Bunker Barge Design

Image courtesy GTTNA

Houston-based GTT North America (GTTNA), U.S. subsidiary of French engineering and technology company Gaztransport & Technigaz SA (GTT), has received approval in principle (AIP) from ABS for the design of a 2,200 cubic meter liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge


 
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