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General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has completed a series of system-level tests for the Protector RG Mk1 remotely piloted aircraft, which serves as a variant of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA for the British air force. The defense company said Tuesday the future medium-altitude, long-endurance RPA underwent full-scale static strength, environmental and high-intensity radiated field testing, […] More
General Atomics‘ electromagnetic systems business has increased the scope of its proposed electro-optical infrared weather system satellite for a U.S. Space Force program from a one-year demonstrator to a multi-year operating prototype. The company said Monday its updated EWS design will now have a lifespan of up to five years and a residual capability to […] More
General Atomics has developed and conducted a flight test of a drone prototype that can carry and launch up to 16 Hellfire missiles, Breaking Defense reported Sunday. The publication cited sources that say the unmanned aerial system performed its maiden flight at General Atomics’ Desert Horizon test grounds in the Mohave Desert in the summer […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has secured a potential $49 million contract to design and build an unmanned aerial system that would serve as an off-board sensing station as part of an Air Force Research Laboratory initiative. The company said Tuesday it will work on an OBSS concept for the next 12 months under an […] More
The U.S. Air Force tested the performance of its Skyborg autonomy core system to link communications between two General Atomics-built unmanned aerial vehicles during an experimentation activity at Edwards AF Base in California. USAF said Friday the government-owned autonomous technology helped a pair of MQ-20 Avenger UAVs to receive navigational commands and perform coordinated flights […] More
The U.S. Army has selected a team of General Atomics‘ electromagnetics systems business and Boeing to develop and demonstrate a 300 kilowatt-class laser prototype with beam control technology. General Atomics said Monday the partnership will aim to demonstrate the Distributed Gain High Energy Laser Weapon System with a Boeing-made beam director and software designed to […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business transferred ownership of two Reaper unmanned aircraft systems, ground control terminals and support equipment to the U.S. Marine Corps. USMC leased the MQ-9A Block 5 UAS for three years under a contractor-owned, contractor-operated construct before the military branch acquired the drones under the Marine Air-Ground Task Force’s UAS Expeditionary Program […] More
A spacecraft built by General Atomics‘ electromagnetic systems business has completed a NASA-sponsored in-orbit demonstration of miniature atomic clock technology. The company said Tuesday its Orbital Test Bed satellite hosted the Deep Space Atomic Clock to test the payload’s ability to consistently track time for long-duration space exploration. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory produced DSAC and […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business is applying a modular open-systems approach to an unmanned aircraft system for multi-domain operations in support of the U.S. Army. The company said Thursday its Gray Eagle Extended Range UAS will undergo a system-wide MOSA implementation that will also cover command and control software. The MOSA implementation on GE-ER Increment […] More
Hughes Network Systems and SES have tested the performance of multi-orbit satellite communications that General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business intends to use on its unmanned aerial vehicle to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. Hughes said Wednesday its HM series software-defined modems and resource management system work with SES’ geosynchronous and medium earth orbit satellites […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business used autonomous command and control technology to demonstrate aerial manned-unmanned teaming between a King Air 200 aircraft and its MQ-20 Avenger drone. The company said Friday it used a ruggedized tactical control tablet with Autonodyne’s RCU-1000 Advanced Human Machine Interface to inform Avenger’s behavior and provide situational awareness. A General […] More
General Atomics has added to its space systems infrastructure in San Diego a 7,500-square-foot cleanroom facility that can support the production of up to 300 optical communication terminals per year. Scott Forney, president of General Atomics’ electromagnetic systems business, said in a statement published Monday GA-EMS is committed to fielding OCTs in support of future […] More
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