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Hoeven's Project Ultra Launches Effort to Use Unmanned Aircraft to Deliver Military Cargo

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By Office of Senator John Hoeven

May 29, 2024

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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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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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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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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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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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Quantum Systems has joined forces with ARX Robotics, a pioneer in unmanned ground vehicles. By combining their capabilities, both companies aim to capitalize on synergies and deliver enhanced unmanned solutions to the German Bundeswehr and to other allied armed forces that see the demand to adapt to changes on the modern battlefields.

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Red Cat Holdings, Inc. announced the formation of the Red Cat Futures Initiative (RFI). RFI is an independent, industry-wide consortium of robotics and autonomous systems partners dedicated to putting the most advanced and interoperable uncrewed aircraft systems into the hands of warfighters.

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The United States Air Force announced that Anduril has been selected as one of two vendors to move forward on the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) program. Over the next phase, Anduril will design, manufacture, and test production-representative CCAs.

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Known for results and innovation, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site marks its 10th anniversary this year. The Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site provides a crucial collaboration with the FAA and the unmanned aircraft system industry, developing systems, rules, and procedures to safely integrate UAS into the National Airspace System.

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Senator Highlights $30 Million for Grand Forks Research, Incl. Dark Swarm, EERC Fuel Cells, Ideal Aerosmith UAS Simulation & UND AR/VR Projects.

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Senator John Hoeven met with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Military Affairs Committee and community business leaders in the last stop of his statewide military tour. Over the past week, Hoeven has outlined North Dakota’s growing role in the nation’s defense and the priorities he secured in the defense appropriations legislation.

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Israel Aerospace Industries and Aerotor Unmanned Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that includes the development of products and promotion of their commercial cooperation.

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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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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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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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Uniform Sierra Aerospace, a company that builds small, unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, has launched its Panther drone for the marketplace. The company was founded by Purdue University alumni Duncan Mulgrew, Jeremy Frederick and Trevor Redpath.

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Sirius Aviation has revealed for the world’s first hydrogen-powered Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft.

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Silvus Technologies, Inc. introduced the StreamCaster TRINITY, MIMO transceiver array. StreamCaster TRINITY combines the performance of dual band (S/C) StreamCaster MANET radios with a high-gain antenna array that delivers 360° of coverage for air and ground applications.

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YellowScan announced the release of its new bathymetric system, the YellowScan Navigator, at CES 2024. It features a laser scanner developed in-house over the last five years, and has been heavily tested to achieve optimal performance.

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Phase One announced the next-generation instrument, state-of-the-art Phase One P5 128-megapixel camera, for the modern surveyor in collaboration with Quantum Systems and Trimble.

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The FAA is partnering with the U.S. Air Force to help support the safe integration of Advanced Air Mobility aircraft into the National Airspace System.

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UAS Magazine, the UAS Angel Network, and the Grand Forks Region EDC, announced this week the six companies selected to pitch to a group of angel investors and venture capital firms at the UAS Summit & Expo, taking place October 10-11 in Grand Forks.

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Shield AI announced the successful completion of an autonomous teaming demonstration featuring three V-BAT UAS. This accomplishment was the final milestone of an AFWERX autonomy effort under their Strategic Funding Increase program.

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Senator John Hoeven hosted Test Resource Management Center Director George Rumford at the Autonomous Nation Conference to announce that the Sky Range hypersonic missile testing program will expand to Hector Field in Fargo.

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division continues its pursuit to be a collaborator of choice who expands naval superiority in its latest partnership with Sagetech Avionics, Inc.

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British engineers have successfully completed a stratospheric flight trial of BAE Systems’ High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) - PHASA-35.

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GM Defense and Black Sage Technologies announced a teaming agreement to explore the development of a C-UAS solution for use on GM Defense military vehicles provided to global defense and government customers at CANSEC 2023.

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Voyager Space has acquired ZIN Technologies, Inc. Voyager Space's acquisition of ZIN is an essential step in expanding the company's space infrastructure and technology capabilities to further its Starlab development efforts.

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BBI International and HYSKY Society™ have announced a partnership to co-locate the UAS Summit and Expo with FLYING HY, the world's largest hydrogen aviation event. The events will take place at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND on Oct 10-11, 2023.

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