A U.S. Navy RQ-8A Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) System prepares to land aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13). This is the first autonomous landing of the Fire Scout aboard a Navy vessel at sea. With an on-station endurance of over four hours, the Fire Scout system is capable of continuous operations, providing coverage at 110 nautical miles from the launch site. Utilizing a baseline payload that includes electro-optical/infrared sensors and a laser rangefinder/designator, Fire Scout can find and identify tactical targets, track and designate targets, accurately provide targeting data to strike platforms, employ precision weapons, and perform battle damage assessment. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Kurt M. Lengfield)
The U.S. Navy is inaugurating its first squadron that mixes advanced unmanned drones with conventional aircraft.
The maritime strike squadron, nicknamed the “Magicians,” will be officially launched at the Naval Air Station North Island on Coronado, near San Diego.
Along with eight manned helicopters, the squadron will include a number of unmanned helicopter drones, known as MQ-8B Fire Scouts, that can track targets at sea or on land. The Air Force already has several drone squadrons.
The Fire Scout, built by Northrop Grumman, “has the ability to autonomously take off and land on any aviation-capable warship and at prepared and unprepared landing zones in proximity to the soldier in contact,” according to company literature.
Northrop Grumman says the unmanned aerial vehicle can operate continuously for up to eight hours while providing coverage in a 125-mile radius of the launch site.
Last week a group of scientists traveled to a small village in the Arctic to find as many different species as they could. It was happening all over the country in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
In the marine environment of Arctic Alaska, the seasonal presence (or absence) of sea ice influences everything: weather systems, food webs, migration patterns, human cultures, and resource development. Join scientists from NOAA, UAF, and the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service as they share findings and thoughts on 2 years of unprecedented research in the Northern Bering and Chukchi Seas.
This program will be produced and recorded for broadcast on 360 North Television in collaboration with the Arctic Eis Project, and with funding support from the Alaska Community Coastal Impact Assistance Program through the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Amanda Filori will be exhibiting her current works “Blues Obsession” at KTOO beginning on June 3rd, 2016 and displaying until the end of the month. Reception is from 4:30pm to 6:30pm upstairs at KTOO. For more information: www.facebook.com/amandafiloriartist
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