Lockheed Martin completes successful counter-drone operation

Lockheed Martin ATHENA
Lockheed Martin has demonstrated its laser weapon system for the U.S. Air Force at a government test range at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The ATHENA system successfully engaged and shot down multiple fixed wing and rotary drones. The Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) operated in a fully-netted engagement environment with a government command and control (C2) system and radar sensor. The radar track was provided to airmen who operated ATHENA via cues from the C2, then ATHENA's beam director slewed, acquired, tracked and defeated the drone with a high-energy laser. Validating this type of full kill-chain performance has been a
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Terra Drone conducts 160m chimney inspection at thermal power plant

Terra Drone Corporation has successfully demonstrated its non-destructive testing (NDT) capabilities by inspecting a 160-meter chimney at a thermal power plant in Japan. The chimney inspection was conducted using ultrasonic testing (UT) drone developed by Terra Drone group company Terra Inspectioneering. A major component of the chimney inspection was to measure the thickness of the steel plate in a chimney windshield or flue. Conventionally, this would have been done manually by shutting down the facilities, putting up temporary scaffolding, and having human inspectors climb dizzying heights – in this case, 160 meters. However, by using Terra Inspectioneering’s UT drone, the
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John Deere and Volocopter present first large agriculture-adapted drone

John Deere and Volocopter are presenting the first large drone adapted for agricultural use at AGRITECHNICA. A demonstrator model of the VoloDrone equipped with a John Deere crop protection sprayer, which is ready for its first field flight, can be seen in the Future Technology Zone at the show. Offering a potential payload of 200kg, the VoloDrone is able to cover an enormous area, especially under difficult operating conditions. The drone is the result of a collaboration between John Deere, who bring knowledge of farmers’ needs, and the Urban Air Mobility pioneer Volocopter, whose flying taxis form the technological basis
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Heliguy installs ‘sophisticated’ drone defence system at Gatwick

Heliguy has provided Gatwick Airport with a sophisticated drone defence system, which now forms part of the airport’s overall counter UAV capability to protect itself from rogue attacks. The UK’s second busiest airport has been prompted to take action following the so called reported drone sightings in December. The North East-based firm has recently installed the counter-drone technology, as part of a broader, comprehensive solution which protects the airport from a wide range of unmanned aircraft. For drone detection and defence Heliguy tworks with a breadth of technology partners to offer a layered solution. This includes Altitude Angel and Operational
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ResponDrone set to hold ‘Design Thinking’ workshop for First Responders

ResponDrone are preparing to hold a ‘Design Thinking’ workshop for First Responders in Thessaloniki, Greece from November 12-13. Participants from regional and national authorities, state agencies, rescue services and fire departments will participate in the workshop aimed at identifying their needs for the future ResponDrone System. The international ResponDrone Project, which is developing a situational awareness system for emergency situations, and provides critical information and communication services to first responders, will bring together industrial, technological and end-user partners of the consortium. ResponDrone has started work on developing an integrated solution for first responders to operate a fleet of drones with
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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma tests drones in power line inspections

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) has completed transmission power line inspections using drones in collaboration with AiRXOS and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). The inspections were carried out on the Pittsburg-Valliant 345-kilovolt transmission at a CNO-owned property in the southeast of the state as part of the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). These recent inspections have focused on safe, automated flights that make use of visual observers and data capture where future planned tests will incorporate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), without any visual observer in operation. Executive director of advance technology initiatives of Choctaw
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