Drone Delivers Direct To Grunt – Marine Corps Hive UAV (Video)

Marine Corps Hive UAV

It was a Marine reservist, transport officer Maj. Chris Thobaben, who had the idea to repurpose the scout drones for logistics after seeing too many comrades killed or wounded on supply runs in Iraq.

DROP ZONE COCKATOO, QUANTICO: You can hear it over the roar of the wind and the distant thump of mortar rounds: the high-pitched buzz of miniature drones. I track the incoming quadcopter with my camera until I’m starting to bend backward and I realize it’s hovering directly above me. That’s my cue to move, shortly before a contractor nearby hits the “release” command on his tablet and the drone drops its cargo with a klunk: a metal ammo magazine.

The magazine is empty — no live ammunition for today’s test — but it shows what could be done. All day long here, racking up more than 400 sorties, Marines and contractors are tapping tablets to summon mini-drones from a central “Hive” to drop empty magazines, canteens and MRE ration packs on demand. Instead of the standard 96-hour cycle from requesting resupply to getting it, requests are filled in minutes. Continue reading “Drone Delivers Direct To Grunt – Marine Corps Hive UAV (Video)”

Four years after Amazon introduced the idea, big aerospace companies are finally revealing their own cargo drone prototypes (Video)

cargo drone

Four years after Amazon introduced the idea, big aerospace companies are finally revealing their own cargo drone prototypes

Using unmanned aerial vehicles for door-to-door deliveries seemed like a laughable pipe dream when Amazon tossed out the fanciful idea on 60 Minutes in December 2013. But some very important people didn’t find the concept so far-fetched. Continue reading “Four years after Amazon introduced the idea, big aerospace companies are finally revealing their own cargo drone prototypes (Video)”

Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? (Video)

Remotely-piloted aircraft systems

Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? Remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones, are increasingly used for commercial operations and recreational purposes. This has coincided with an exponential increase in reports of RPA operating dangerously close to manned aircraft and airports. Continue reading “Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? (Video)”

Hovercraft technology – the ideal match for the Hybrid Airship (Video)

Hybrid Airship

Hovercraft can travel over land, water and ice. The technology behind the Hybrid Airship, the cargo-hauling ship of the skies, allows this hybrid craft to travel virtually anywhere.What is a hovercraft? It’s part boat, part airplane and part helicopter. While it may look a bit odd, how it works is quite simple. It’s an amphibious vehicle that travels on a cushion of air created by a downward blast. Hovercraft use air to balance their weight, allowing the craft to operate efficiently. Hovercraft can also operate across nearly any terrain, including land, water and ice.

It’s this characteristic that makes hovercraft technology the ideal match for the Hybrid Airship, the cargo-hauling ship of the skies, enabling the airship to access remote locations around the world. Continue reading “Hovercraft technology – the ideal match for the Hybrid Airship (Video)”

BAE Systems foresees a time when new aircraft can be designed and chemically grown in a matter of weeks (Video)

Modern military aircraft are so complex that fighters like the F-35 Lightning II or the Typhoon take 20 years to go from drawing board to deployment at phenomenal costs. With design work already starting on next-generation fighters for the 2040s, BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow are looking at a faster, cheaper way to produce unmanned air vehicles (UAV), where they aren’t constructed, but grown in computer-controlled chemical vats in a matter weeks. Continue reading “BAE Systems foresees a time when new aircraft can be designed and chemically grown in a matter of weeks (Video)”