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Make your own UAV spy device on the cheap

RC plane camera from China lets you convert your remote-controlled aircraft into an overhead spy camera. Watch out neighborhood.

By June 8, 2010


Race to develop long-range UAV enters second lap

In project called Vulture II, three teams are vying for DARPA contract to build high-altitude, electric-propelled unmanned demonstrator aircraft.

By October 26, 2009


Boeing looks to elevate its UAV game

The aerospace uber-contractor revs up its unmanned-aircraft pitch with a project for the Marine Corps and a deal to promote an Austrian "camcopter."

By August 11, 2009


Silent Sentinel UAV to use solar power

Bye Aerospace and Ascent Solar Technologies say they're working on a quiet, low-emission hybrid drone that will fly with endurance.

By May 27, 2009


Hydrogen-powered UAV in the works

The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research plans to launch a 24-hour, hydrogen fuel cell-powered endurance flight carrying a 5-pound payload.

By April 8, 2009


Boeing's Phantom Ray to fly in December

Looking like a boomerang with a bump in the middle, the unmanned aircraft will be a testbed for advanced systems that can cruise at more than 600 mph.

By May 10, 2010


Samsonite charging ahead with solar luggage

The company's new line of bags will include hand luggage with thin-film solar cells for charging portables.

By April 14, 2010


Boeing: We zapped a UAV with a laser

Defense giant shows that, under test conditions, the Humvee-mounted Laser Avenger can knock a target aircraft out of the sky. It "burned a hole" through an unmanned aircraft.

By January 26, 2009


Boeing's robo-copter flexes its muscle

Unmanned A160T Hummingbird demonstrates ability to conduct autonomous resupply operations, a preview of front-line operations of the not-too-distant future.

By March 15, 2010


Predator drones hacked in Iraq operations

The apparent security breach arose because the UAVs do not use encryption in the final link to their operators on the ground.

By December 17, 2009