Snowgoose Is The Pentagon's Low-Cost Resupply Drone Of Dreams

In a scene right out of Call of Duty, your special forces unit is surrounded on a plateau deep in enemy territory and your ammo is running low. The area is hot with small arms fire, and even if a helicopter crew were to risk it, there are none available. Not to worry, a CQ-10 Snowgoose stuffed full of supplies is on… » 4/25/15 1:27pm Yesterday 1:27pm

Why the CIA Is Allowed to Run America's Deadliest Drone War 

“As President and Commander-in-Chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations,” President Obama said at a press conference yesterday about killing an American and an Italian hostage in a US drone strike on Pakistan. What Obama failed to explain: Why the Central Intelligence Agency is allowed… » 4/24/15 3:31pm Friday 3:31pm

Bask In The Awesome Of The Bat-Winged X-47B Sipping Gas From A Tanker

The Navy’s unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator, the X-47B, not only plugged into a refueling basket trailing behind an Omega KC-707 tanker, but it also sipped gas from it for the first time. This historic mission is slated to be the X-47Bs last in what has been an incredibly successful test program with huge… » 4/22/15 10:00pm Wednesday 10:00pm

X-47B Demonstrates Unmanned Aerial Refueling For The First Time

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle demonstrator has added yet another huge feat to its long list of incredible accomplishments, which includes operating from an aircraft carrier. This time, it has demonstrated the first step in autonomous aerial refueling, plugging into a aerial refueling basket behind an … » 4/16/15 5:18pm 4/16/15 5:18pm

F-16 Pilots Lament Their Predator Drone Flying Fate In This Rap Video

The moral and social ambiguities of fighting a war from inside an air-conditioned trailer and what it means to be a combat pilot are hot issues again as the action drama Good Kill gets closer to widespread release. Yet these F-16-turned-Predator pilots took to their creative side to describe how much they hate their… » 4/11/15 11:50am 4/11/15 11:50am

Drones In Afghanistan Have The Most Advanced Aerial Surveillance Ever

The huge pods slung under this USAF MQ-9 Reaper represent the most game-changing aerial surveillance technology of at least the last decade. Known as Gorgon Stare Increment II, it features two massive sensor balls packing 368 cameras, and is one of the most advanced forms of Wide Area Aerial Surveillance to date. » 4/06/15 10:02am 4/06/15 10:02am

DARPA's Unmanned Submarine Stalker Could Change Naval Warfare Forever

In 2010, DARPA announced that it wanted to create a surface dwelling unmanned sub hunter stalker, otherwise known as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV for short. Fast forward five years and the prototype is about to set sail. What comes next could be a revolution in naval warfare. » 4/04/15 2:20pm 4/04/15 2:20pm

Hollywood Gives Drone Crews The American Sniper Treatment With Good Kill

The trailer for Good Kill, a movie featuring Ethan Hawke and January Jones that dives into the peculiar existence of USAF drone pilots, particularity the shooting kind, dropped today and it looks... interesting. This will be first of a whole slew of films coming out post-American Sniper that will deal with soldier's… » 3/30/15 5:39pm 3/30/15 5:39pm

The Navy Wants To Fight Future Fires With This Gangly Android

The Office of Naval Research has spent years developing a robot to take on every sailor's worst nightmare — fire aboard their vessel. The bipedal Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), has a human form so that it can navigate the tight spaces of a ship. One day it may lead damage teams into shipboard… » 2/10/15 9:45am 2/10/15 9:45am

Putin Is Bored With His ATV-Riding Android Toy

Russia has been on a tear to get new robotic combat capabilities up and running, with big goals slated for its air forces and its ground forces, some of which are already online, including the tracked 'Platform-M.' Yet this gangly, ATV-riding patrol bot isn't exactly setting Russia's hunter-in-chief's heart on fire. » 1/21/15 8:30pm 1/21/15 8:30pm

Dads With Drones Are Ruining Christmas

Lots of thoughtful people gave their father a drone this Christmas, because they had already gotten him a Kindle last year and an iPad the year before that and you sort of stall out on gift ideas from there. But! Drones can be difficult, and dads can be clumsy*, and the result has been nationwide terror. » 12/25/14 12:41pm 12/25/14 12:41pm

The Navy's Experimental Underwater Drone Looks Like A Shark

The Navy is testing its shark-like 'Ghostswimmer' unmanned underwater vehicle at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek this week. It is one of a handful of programs being brought to life by the Navy's innovative Rapid Innovation Cell. The project is called 'Silent Nemo' and it is aimed to put real-world unmanned… » 12/12/14 2:44pm 12/12/14 2:44pm

Lockheed Wants To Take The Man Out Of The USAF's U-2 Dragon Ladies

The Global Hawk vs Dragon Lady debate never ends in Washington. Each aircraft has its own positive and negative qualities and keeping both would be ideal. The problem is that sequestration makes ideal no longer an fiscal option. As a result, Lockheed is now coming to the table with an offer that may be a decade or two… » 11/30/14 3:02pm 11/30/14 3:02pm