Most Read Articles on UST This Week

Here’s our round-up of the five most read articles on UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com this week By Abi Wylie / 25 May 2024
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Take a look at our round-up of the five most read articles on UST this week, including new technologies, partnerships, events, and industry successes.


1. Nighttime Autonomous Aerial Resupply Completed Via Tactical Drone

Nighttime Autonomous Aerial Resupply Completed Via Tactical Drone

Soaring has successfully completed what is reportedly the U.S. Army’s first nighttime autonomous aerial resupply of ammunition during a battalion-level Live Fire Exercise (LFX).

Leveraging Soaring’s VTOL UAS, Gabriel (G1), a multi-purpose, multi-payload autonomous aerial vehicle, the company completed 40 tactical drills to resupply platoons with class I and class V supplies including food and ammunition.

Conducted as part of U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division platoon LFX and situational training exercises (STX), the innovative autonomous resupply drill demonstrated the heavy-lift system’s reliability and adaptability in varying conditions. 

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2. Aerial Intelligence Company Secures Funding for Integrated Solution

Aerial Intelligence Company Secures Funding for Integrated Solution

SwissDrones, a leading aerial intelligence company, has closed its Series B equity growth funding round, securing over USD 10 million from a consortium of investors.

This investment will advance the Company’s ability to deliver its integrated solution combining long-range unmanned helicopters, aviation-grade flight operations and large-scale data analytics for crucial applications in public safety, search & reconnaissance and SAR, and infrastructure inspection globally.

The support comes from aviation investor DiamondStream Partners, Chevron Technology Ventures, Ingleside Investors, and a continued commitment from existing shareholders, marking another significant milestone in the Company’s rapid development. The transaction closed on April 2, 2024.

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3. Built-to-Order UAV Engines: HFE International Talks to UST

HFE International Talk to UST About Line Replaceable Unit Engines for UAVs

Leading high-reliability fuel injection engine manufacturer HFE International sits down with UST to talk about the company’s gasoline and heavy-fuel propulsion solutions for small UAVs and exciting new technology planned for the future.

CEO Thomas West expands on the patented Genpod® Series, the world’s first Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) specifically designed for small UAV’s, and it’s success within UAVs such as the Sapphire UAS by Spektreworks, and Space Entertainment Laboratory’s unmanned sea plane.

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4. Mission-Specialist Expeditionary ROV Set for U.S. Navy Delivery

Mission-Specialist Expeditionary ROV Set for U.S. Navy Delivery

Defense technology company VideoRay LLC is set to provide its MK20 Defender Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) platform for the US Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Standoff Response (MESR). The MK20 Defender ROV, based on VideoRay’s Mission Specialist Defender, is a highly robust, man-portable, expeditionary ROV that offers modularity and an open architecture design. 

The open architecture allows for the easy integration of third-party subsea sensors, software applications, and versatile, field-swappable payload options to meet the Navy’s expanding needs for expeditionary mine countermeasure operations. 

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5. Autonomous Aerial Resupply Flight Tests for hVTOL Cargo Drone

Autonomous Aerial Resupply Flight Tests for hVTOL Cargo Drone

Leidos, with autonomous aircraft systems developer Elroy Air, has been approved to demonstrate an autonomous Medium Aerial Resupply Vehicle – Expeditionary Logistics (MARV-EL) prototype for the Navy and Marine Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office (PMA-263). 

The companies are set to demonstrate Elroy Air’s Chaparral system at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona, to test the system’s autonomous MARV-EL capabilities. 

The Chaparral is a “lift-plus-cruise” hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (hVTOL) cargo aircraft. The Chaparral system leverages the benefits of wing-borne flight, driven by electric propulsion and turbo-generation for efficient autonomous operations and longer-range missions. It is designed with an advanced carbon composite airframe and modular automated payload capabilities, which assist in reducing the personnel required compared to legacy aircraft, and enables zero-touch logistics.

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