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U.S. Army tests new helicopter-launched drone at Yuma Proving Ground

 The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center conducted successful tests of the newest helicopter-launched unmanned aircraft system from.


US Army to launch drone from helicopter for first time this year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. Army is planning to demonstrate launching an unmanned aircraft system from a rotary-wing platform this year as it looks to how manned and unmanned aircraft will team on the future battlefield.

Black Hawk Helicopters Are Launching Drones Mid-Flight

The United States Army executed a successful drone launch from a flying Black Hawk helicopter, sending the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) — part of a new set of “air launched effects” systems designed to send drones for search-and-destroy sorties of enemy targets — zooming across the sky while it transmitted a live and remotely-viewable video feed…

Gunship-Launched Drone Approaches Transition Point

Air Force Special Operations Command wants to launch spy drones from its gunships to collect critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. The program to develop the technology is approaching a key transition point.

Army tests helicopter-based, tube-launched UAVs

Last week, the Army continued its plans to field a tube-launched, unmanned system for its tactical warfighter. Rather than deploying from fixed-wing aircraft like similar systems under development in the Navy and Air Force, the Army will use its fleet of helicopters as motherships for these autonomous drones.

Modular, Adjustable: A Test Plane for Any Occasion

One Plane to Rule Them All: Fortuitously, the aircraft that Area-I developed for NASA was highly adaptable. So when Armstrong put out a call for another research aircraft, this time a model akin to a medium-range, narrow-body, twinjet airliner, Area-I was awarded funding.

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PTERA flies at Edwards Air Force Base

Area-I delivered a PTERA-Baseline air-frame to NASA Armstrong in October 2014. A year later in October 15, Area-I personnel traveled to Edwards Airforce Base to lead the initial flight tests and train NASA engineers.

PTERA Spanwise Adaptive Wing Project Unveiled

Area-I is working with NASA engineers from Armstrong, Langley and Glenn in addition to Boeing on research to investigate the effects of articulating wings on aircraft performance using advanced actuators. PTERA (Prototype-Technology Evaluation Research Aircraft) is meant for exactly...