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Elbit Systems Launches a New State-of-the-Art UAS, Hermes™ 650 Spark

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By Elbit Systems

February 21, 2024

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Elbit Systems unveiled its latest addition to its market leading Hermes family, the Hermes 650 Spark. This Next Generation Unmanned Aerial System boasts outstanding endurance, versatility, and cost-effective performance across land, air and sea operations.

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Eve Air Mobility and SkyScape have announced an agreement to use Eve’s Urban ATM (air traffic management) as a part of the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) concept of operations published by the Japanese government.

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The Virginia Unmanned Systems Center held its annual stakeholder meeting and the Virginia Aviation Business Association it's Legislative Reception for Virginias aerospace, aviation, and advanced air mobility community and government officials in Richmond to showcase innovations in flight technology and systems that will enhance the speed, convenience, and accessibility of travel for Virginians.

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General Atomics, a defense and diversified technologies company with affiliates operating on five continents, is expanding its collaborations and partnerships across Japan with new investments in the nuclear energy and rare earth elements sectors.

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Domo Tactical Communications and Inertial Labs, Inc. announced a partnership to develop a breakthrough integrated uncrewed systems solution to benefit UxV manufacturers and end users worldwide. The new solution combines technologies from both companies to create a single navigation, command and control, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system.

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MatrixSpace Radar – the smallest, lightest, low cost, high-performance radar – is now shipping to commercial and public organizations in the United States and approved international countries. The award-winning product’s commercial delivery follows its recent Federal Communications Commission authorization.

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Volatus Aerospace Corp., a leader in the operation of piloted and remotely piloted aircraft systems, announced that it has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the USA for Commercial Agricultural Aircraft Operations using drones.

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Draganfly Inc. announced that it has been selected by the Ulkatcho Group of Companies to provide and expand UAV solutions and capabilities within the Ulkatcho First Nation’s Traditional Territory which will include, but are not limited to Commercial UAV services for Mapping & Survey, Resource & Wildlife Management, Training, Emergency Response & Wildfire Monitoring.

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BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to upgrade and modernize the vehicle management system computer for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling system. The technology refresh will increase computing power and address obsolescence issues, providing the unmanned aerial tanker with an integrated solution that improves aircraft performance and allows for future capability growth.

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UAV Navigation-Grupo Oesía unveiled its latest product, the GNSS-Denied Navigation Kit. This revolutionary solution is specifically designed to thrive in GNSS-denied environments, offering unparalleled navigation capabilities in challenging scenarios.

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Wingtra has launched a breakthrough drone LIDAR solution. All the features included in the WingtraOne GEN II —efficient capture, easy operation and rock-solid, reliable high accuracy—are now paired with the power of a leading-edge Wingtra-engineered LIDAR sensor that combines the best components available in their class.

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On February 8, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2023 by a voice vote. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the FAA for the next five years. Passage of the bill follows the House’s passage of their FAA reauthorization bill, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act in July 2023.

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BALKO Technologies recently became a part of RIEGL's Canadian OEM Partnership Program within the unmanned laser scanning division. BALKO is integrating RIEGL’s miniVUX and VUX-series laser scanners into their unique modular LiDAR payloads designed for UAV-based platforms.

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Raytheon's KuRFS radars and Coyote effectors team up to defeat evolving, proliferating unmanned aircraft system threats.

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Airports Council and AUVSI on February 8 welcomed the release of the final report issued by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Detection and Mitigating Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC).

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Scientific Systems has demonstrated autonomous, peer-to-peer, collaboration and orchestration of commercial satellites and UAS, to include closed-loop control of all associated multidomain sensors, and exploitation services.

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Microavia and Aardvark announced a new groundbreaking collaboration aimed at advancing security, public safety, and border control capabilities in the region.

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BAE Systems has acquired Malloy Aeronautics – a leading company in heavy lift drone and aeronautical technologies. BAE Systems and Malloy will further develop Malloy's existing portfolio and accelerate new and novel technologies.

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EHang Holdings Limited, the world’s leading urban air mobility (“UAM”) technology platform company, announced a suggested retail price of US $410,000 for its EH216-S pilotless passenger-carrying electric vertical takeoff and landing ("eVTOL") aircraft in global markets outside China, effective from April 1, 2024.

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During a series of demonstrations in December 2023, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) worked collaboratively to execute several capability demonstrations as part of the Adaptive Airborne Enterprise (A2E) concept development.

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Vertx Partners announced the release of a groundbreaking Deloitte study assessing West Virginia’s potential to become a hub for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The comprehensive study reveals key insights into the booming AAM market in the United States and positions West Virginia as a strategic player in this transformative industry.

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Australian zero emission aircraft designer and manufacturer AMSL Aero has signed an order and received deposits for 10 of its Vertiia vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, with an option for 10 more, from its first civil customer Aviation Logistics, paving the way for emission-free flying across Australia.

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Research involving Oregon State University has shown that a “swarm” of more than 100 autonomous ground and aerial robots can be supervised by one person without subjecting the individual to an undue workload.

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OWT Global and Echodyne Corp, the radar platform company delivering high-performance commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) radars, announced a strategic relationship to develop and bring to market next-generation situational awareness solutions across OWT Global’s portfolio.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated an inflight release of its Advanced Air-Launched Effects (A2LE) platform, releasing an A2LE from the internal weapons bay of a GA-ASI MQ-20 Avenger® Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

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ITA Airways, Airbus, UrbanV and Enel are partnering to promote and develop the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ecosystem in Italy. The collaboration aims to promote this new disruptive technology and the development of a sustainable transportation solution with the commitment and cooperation of the national mobility stakeholders.

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Rotor hosted guest of honor New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu in the first live flight test of its autonomous helicopters. The company-hosted event, which also included a tour of Rotor’s new Research & Development Center and a naming ceremony for Rotor’s R550X prototype, was attended by staff, their families, and invited VIPs.

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EDGE has signed a landmark contract to supply 200 HT-100 and HT-750 unmanned helicopters to the UAE Ministry of Defence, as part of a milestone deal which is the largest ever order for unmanned helicopter systems, to enhance their VTOL capabilities.

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The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced the hiring of new staff and internal promotions. The personnel moves support the association’s mission to foster the growth, long-term viability, and stability of the uncrewed systems industry.

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EDGE Group has announced a contract to deliver several robust, multi-layered counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) to the UAE Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a significant move towards reinforcing the UAE’s national security.

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