The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded permission for the first commercial drone over land to BP, of all companies. The oil company's partner, drone manufacturer AeroVironment, flew its first commercial flight in Alaska on Sunday. And it didn't just send a dinky quadcopter to do the job either.
Nothing excavates a dug-in enemy infantry position like a little artillery fire, but that's not always available. Sure, you could squeeze off a Javelin round or two but at $100,000 per shot, that's a pricey and cumbersome option. Instead, the US military has developed an ingenious firefight drone that can spot,…
When scouting enemy positions, our forces rarely have the luxury of a proper airstrip—or even a fairway—with which to land an unmanned aircraft. That's why California's AeroVironment corporation has designed a drone that lands just about anywhere—water hazards and sand traps be damned.
The US Army's newest aerial toy is a little different than the rest of its drone brethren. Instead of providing overhead video and maybe shooting off a missile, AeroVironment's Switchblade UAV is the missile. Portable, kamikaze death from above.