Monster Machines: 18,500 Tonnes Of Deliveries Later, The Pilotless K-Max Is Heading Home

Even though it’s still officially a prototype transport system, the K-max unmanned delivery helicopter from Lockheed Martin and Kamen has become a workhorse for US Marine Corps. But despite its strong showing throughout the War in Afghanistan, the future of this pilotless chopper remains uncertain.

Monster Machines: This New Drone Can Roam Up To 2900km From Home

The rapid exit of US ground forces from Afghanistan has caused an unforeseen problem for forces in the region: Afghanistan’s most remote regions are suddenly out of range of our conventional turbo-prop UAVs, making CIA interdiction against the Taliban nearly impossible. But a new generation of jet-propelled Predator drone will soon take to the skies and venture up to 2900km from its base.

This Flying Ambulance May Save Wounded Soldiers From Certain Death

Removing wounded soldiers from the battlefield has always been a dangerous proposition, not just for the wounded but for the Medevac team as well. So instead of sending more soldiers into harm’s way, one Israeli aeronautic company wants to whisk the wounded away aboard a UAV.

Feature: DARPA Tried To Build Skynet In The 1980s

From 1983 to 1993, the US Government’s DARPA program spent over $US1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency’s goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They wanted to build Skynet.

Monster Machines: The Grey Eagle Drone Now Flies For Nearly Two Days Straight

The MQ-1 Predator UAV is one of America’s most prolific and productive drones, having notched more than a million hours of flight time since its introduction in 1994. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for continued improvement to the platform. In fact, General Atomics has also been hard at work with a slightly less deadly version that can fly for twice as long.

Monster Machines: The Stealthy Barracuda UAV Is Germany's Future Flying Force

After the end of hostilities in WWII, France and Germany have become surprisingly close. The two nations are stalwart proponents of expanded European Union integration and are regularly referred to as the EU’s “twin engine”. But on the issue of unmanned aerial platform, the two simply cannot agree. So while France and its cohorts are developing the nEUROn, Germany is building the stealth Barracuda.

Tony Abbott Wants An Australian Billion-Dollar Drone Program, But Why? [Updated]

If I had $1 for every time Tony Abbott had said “stop the boats” in the last four years, I’d probably have enough cash to fund his latest proposal: he wants to buy seven UAV drones to scour the Australian coastline for illegal boat arrivals at a cost of $1.5 billion.

Monster Machines: This Failed Flying Bomb Could Have Been A WWI Cruise Missile

In 1915, nearly two decades after patenting the world’s first radio-controlled boat, famed Serbian-America inventor Nicola Tesla imagined fleets of unmanned aerial combat vehicles being sent to war instead of pilots. Little did he know, the US Navy was already hard at work on that very same vision.

Monster Machines: The Ryan Firebee, Grandfather To The Modern UAV

America’s fleet of surveillance and attack drones are far older than most people realise. While the unmanned platforms have certainly come into the spotlight since the start of the War on Terror, they’ve actually been dutifully getting shot out of the sky on behalf of our national interests since World War I. And one of the most impressive — and impressively named — of their ranks was the Ryan Firebee.

These Solar-Powered Giant Winged Drones Could Replace Satellites

Over the past decade, there’s been a big push for cheaper alternatives to space travel. Blasting man-made objects into orbit has never been a cheap endeavour, and a company called Titan Aerospace thinks gigantic solar-powered drones could even be a far more affordable alternative to launching satellites.