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General Atomics has rolled out the first MQ-9A Block 5 unmanned aircraft and ground control station the company’s aeronautical systems unit produced for the Netherlands’ air force to fulfill a foreign military sales requirement. The acceptance testing phase for the Dutch remotely piloted aircraft is scheduled to commence in early 2022 at the Gray Butte Flight […] More
General Atomics has completed the first large-scale demonstration of the Guardian remotely piloted aircraft in an effort to demonstrate the platform’s civil and scientific applications. The tests took place in Iki Island, Japan, and showcased the potential of Guardian to support humanitarian, disaster response, environmental monitoring and maritime patrol operations, the company said Thursday. The RPA viewed […] More
A NASA-owned unmanned aircraft system that flew Tuesday was equipped with a detect-and-avoid avionics system from General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business. General Atomics said Tuesday Ikhana, a modified version of the Predator B/MQ-9 UAS platform, used the DAA system that features a collision avoidance technology built to help pilots “see and avoid” other airspace users. NASA’s Ikhana took off Tuesday from southern […] More
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' range of Predator autonomous aircraft has reached five million flight hours after completing 360,311 missions since its introduction in the 1990s. General Atomics said Monday the fleet of remotely piloted aircraft achieved 500,000 flight hours from 1993 to 2008, one million hours in 2010, two million hours in 2012, three million hours […] More
General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has flown the MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft in non-restricted airspace after the company received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The company said Friday the MQ-9B RPA flew a 275-mile trip that lasted approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Laguna Airfield at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona to the Gray […] More
General Atomics' aeronautical systems business has completed the first test flight of the type-certifiable variant of the company's Predator B remotely piloted aircraft during a demonstration held in California. The maiden flight of the type-certifiable Predator B drone occurred Nov. 17 at General Atomics’ Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, the company said Monday. “The first flight […] More
General Atomics' aeronautical systems business completed the maiden flight of an Avenger Extended Range remotely piloted aircraft Oct. 27 at the company’s Gray Butte flight operations facility in Palmdale, California. The Avenger ER aircraft is a variant of General Atomics' jet-powered Predator C Avenger  and designed to have a 76-foot wingspan and fuel capacity of 2,200 […] More
General Atomics has signed an agreement with the NLR-Netherlands Aerospace Centre to facilitate the operation of remotely piloted aircraft in non-segregated airspace in Europe. Linden Blue, CEO of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems business, said in a statement released Tuesday the company will leverage NLR's air traffic control simulation and modeling capabilities to test the potential integration […] More
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