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By Archer Aviation

June 12, 2024

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Archer Aviation Inc., a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced its subsidiary, Archer Air, has received its Part 135 Air Carrier & Operator Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced the publication of a memo, with validation from the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), with procurement guidance and recommendations for federal government agencies; state, local, and tribal government agencies; public safety agencies; and private industry conducting sensitive missions using drones.

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Airbus will be presenting its new Wingman concept at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced that the Army National Guard has ordered 12 Gray Eagle 25M (GE 25M) Unmanned Aircraft Systems paid for as part of 2023 congressional funding.

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Skydio, the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, announced that Skydio X10D has been added to the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Blue sUAS (small uncrewed aerial systems) Cleared List.

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NOAA partners with GrandSKY, Synoptic Data PBC and Meteomatics on research project in North Dakota to deploy advanced weather drones to gather upper air observations to determine usefulness to weather forecasting.

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Senator John Hoeven announced that the Department of Defense has tasked Project ULTRA, a new unmanned aerial systems initiative the senator established and funded, with developing the capability to deliver military cargo using UAS.

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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Andøya Space signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing their collaboration to support Norway’s Long Term Defense Plan. This includes developing advanced autonomous maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to meet Norway’s priorities.

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Leveraging the unique ecosystem in Grand Forks, which includes the extensive capabilities of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site and North Dakota’s unique operational flight test environment, Project ULTRA capitalizes on the existing Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight capabilities already in place and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Grand Forks County, in collaboration with GrandSKY, announced the launch of Project ULTRA (UAS Logistics, Traffic, Research, and Autonomy), an innovative initiative aimed at enhancing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) capabilities through advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology.

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BRINC unveils the Responder drone and Responder Station, a new drone platform and docking station, to enable city-wide drone as first responder deployments.

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DARPA’s AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY program, known as ANCILLARY, shows six design concepts for a low-weight, large-payload, long-endurance VTOL uncrewed X-plane. The innovative configurations and critical technology designs come from a wide array of performers, from small start-up to legacy aerospace companies, broadening the network of partners contributing to the program.

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Senator John Hoeven announced the start of Project UAS Logistics, Traffic, Research and Autonomy (Project ULTRA), a new effort to leverage UAS technology on behalf of our men and women in uniform.

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Osage Nation’s Skyway36 Droneport and Technology Innovation Center announced the commencement of construction of WindShape’s cutting-edge UAS testing facility. Spanning 19,000 square feet, this facility marks a milestone in WindShape's commitment to revolutionizing emerging aerospace technology through advanced research, development, testing, inspection, certification and validation processes.

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The civil drone manufacturer JOUAV, has unveiled its latest VTOL hangar drone 2nd generation, the JOS-C800. This advanced "drone-in-a-box" solution is designed to enhance fully-automated drone operations across various industries, offering a smarter, more efficient, and versatile solution for businesses looking to optimize their routine operations through automated aerial technology.

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Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the next design phase of its autonomous vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, as part of the AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY (ANCILLARY) program.

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At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the opportunity for the Department of Defense (DoD) to partner with the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry in North Dakota to develop more cost-effective methods for countering adversaries’ use of drone technology.

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Produced by UAS Magazine, the UAS Summit will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the current state of the unmanned aircraft systems industry.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) was awarded a $94,808,020 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research, development, test, and evaluation of Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Smart Sensor Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance prototype.

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Terra Drone Corporation, a leading drone and Advanced Air Mobility technology company, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation, the Toshiba Group company specializing in the global infrastructure business and a Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) solutions provide, solidifying their shared commitment to expanding their UAS Traffic Management and counter-drone businesses.

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Skylark Labs, a pioneering provider of AI-powered security and safety solutions, recently conducted a successful demonstration of its state-of-the-art counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) for key Department of Defense (DOD) stakeholders. The demonstration showcased Skylark Labs' Aerial Reconnaissance & Elimination System and its advanced capabilities in detecting and tracking rogue drones.

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Stratom announced its participation in a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project with the United States Special Operations Command and SOFWERX to develop a unique small-form-factor material handling system capable of lifting, loading, unloading and transporting palletized 463L tactical cargo across various operating environments and terrains.

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On May 16th, Michael Robbins, President and CEO of the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on how first responders are using drones to aid in public safety missions and emergency response.

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Embention, a manufacturer of components for drones and eVTOLs, has been certified to the aerospace quality standard EN9100, demonstrating that it has a quality management system on a par with the aerospace industry.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) teamed up to conduct flight training on the operation of the MQ-9A Block 5 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

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Iridium partner American Aerospace received FAA approval for BVLOS drone operations on behalf of a recently announced oil and gas industry customer, based on proven Detect and Avoid aircraft right of way capability.

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On May 15th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2024 by a vote of 387 - 26 following the U.S. Senate’s 88 - 4 passage of the bill last week. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the FAA through Fiscal Year 2028 and requires the FAA to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking for UAS operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) within four months.

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Echodyne announced its EchoFlight radar is integrated into the American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI) AiRanger aircraft, which obtained a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week for commercial Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) flight operations.

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Leonardo Canada Electronics has launched its innovative new C-UAS (counter-uncrewed air system) Planning and Assessment Tool, called SkyTender. Representing the latest in simulation technology from Leonardo Canada – Electronics, SkyTender addresses requirements for effective C-UAS solutions in foreign and congested radio frequency environments.

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Pen Aviation and Safran Electronics and Defense announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to initiate a strategic collaboration that will significantly contribute to the evolution of the Malaysian aviation industry, with a particular focus on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sector.

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