Secret aerial surveillance: What does an hour’s flight with a Frontex drone cost?
With a new regulation, the EU border agency has set up its own aerial surveillance with aircraft. With the arrival of drones, migration control with the „Multipurpose Aerial Surveillance“ has become much more effective, but presumably also more expensive. For more than a year, the EU border agency has stationed an Israeli Heron 1 long-range […]
Airbus‘ „Zephyr“: Stratospheric drone beats own record
Airbus‘ unmanned glider has been flying for 42 days without landing; no aircraft has been in the air without refueling for such a long time. As a flying Internet node, the drone could replace 250 cell towers. But there is interest mainly from the military. The „Zephyr“ solar glider breaks more records during a test […]
Following airplanes and drones: Frontex wants helicopters for border surveillance
The EU border agency wants to repeat a failed tender to procure rotary-wing aircraft. These could be used in areas where there is a lack of runways. The scenarios fit a Greek border river where many dead bodies wash up. The European border agency Frontex is sticking to plans to add helicopters to its fleet […]
German Armed Forces: SARah-1 spy satellite launches with SpaceX
The German military’s Earth observation program costs around €800 million. The foreign secret service also uses it, but is getting its own spy system under the name Georg. On Saturday, the Bundeswehr plans to bring its first new SARah series spy satellite into space. The launch, which can be watched live, will take place from […]