Unmanned Systems

Drone tech opens door to Mars Helicopter

By Tom Risen

June 6, 2018

NASA’s announcement that it will add a tiny helicopter to its planned Mars 2020 rover came after a series of test flights inside a vacuum chamber proved the feasibility of adapting consumer drone technologies into a craft capable of flying in an atmosphere just 1 percent as dense as Earth’s.

Grading the MQ-25

By Jan Tegler

April 30, 2018

Is the U.S. Navy's proposed refueling drone the best strategy for empowering pilots to penetrate enemy airspace?

Beating Curiosity

By Leonard David

August 31, 2017

A next generation robotic rover could start rolling across the Mars surface in 2021

Soaring education

By Adam Hadhazy

May 31, 2017

Aerospace engineering educators employ some surprising teaching tools and methods

Game changer

By Henry Canaday

May 31, 2017

DARPA’s plans for a demonstrator UAS for the Navy

New blueprint, old dream

By Debra Werner

March 6, 2017

Designing a jet-fast plane that can stop on a dime in midair, hover and speed off

No de-icing necessary?

By Michael Peck

September 13, 2016

U.S. Air Force considers lifting the ban on Global Hawks flying in icing weather

Carrier Drone Debate

By Keith Button

August 31, 2016

Was it wise or foolish for U.S. Navy to choose a refueling drone as a warplane?