Drones poised to play bigger role in wind energy operations and maintenance

Sean McMahon March 11, 2019 Autonomous drones are revolutionizing wind turbine operations and maintenance processes. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Drones are rapidly becoming the go-to option for wind farm owners/operators looking to optimize operations and maintenance programs and improve safety. Cutting-edge drones can inspect a turbine in a matter of minutes and generate levels of data […]

Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie combat drone makes maiden flight

Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie combat drone makes maiden flight By: David Szondy The Kratos X-58A Valkyrie is designed as a long-range subsonic combat escort(Credit: Kratos) There’s little doubt that jet-powered combat drones will play an important role in future military theaters, a future that is one step closer with news that the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator completed its maiden flight […]

Northrop pitches optionally manned Firebird to monitor Australia’s coasts

Northrop pitches optionally manned Firebird to monitor Australia’s coasts By: Nigel Pittaway The Firebird drone takes to the skies. (Northrop Grumman)  MELBOURNE, Australia — Northrop Grumman has responded to Australia’s request for information on a new maritime surveillance capability with its optionally manned Firebird aircraft, a company representative said Thursday. Speaking at the 2019 Avalon Airshow, Brian Chappel, […]