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A General Atomics business unit has received a three-year contract to help the U.S. Army‘s Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Command mature and evaluate electromagnetic railgun weapon systems. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems and ARDEC will collaborate to develop and test prototypes for mission performance and possible integration with Army vehicles as part the contract awarded through the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium, […] More
General Atomics plans to increase production of small satellites such as 6U Cubesats and 1,100-pound satellites for defense clients, Space News reported Thursday. “Since we've acquired Miltech we've done a lot of investment in taking the lessons learned from how we build and design those satellites to improve our current generation of satellite design,“ Nick […] More
General Atomics‘ electromagnetic systems business has used a three-megajoule railgun system to fire three guidance electronics unit-equipped hypersonic projectiles during a test series at the U.S. Army‘s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The company said Wednesday that the Blitzer railgun fired the projectiles at launch accelerations at a speed more than 30,000 times faster than gravity. The GEU […] More
General Atomics' electromagnetic systems business has secured a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to research a method for direct tornado detection. The company said Wednesday it will form a collaborative research team with the University of Alabama in Huntsville, which also received a separate NOAA grant, to study the use of infrasound technology as a way […] More
A General Atomics subsidiary has turned over the first of multiple pulsed power containers to the U.S. Navy as part of the military branch’s railgun development and testing program. The container comprises pulsed power modules and a control system designed to integrate with the Navy’s command-and-control network, General Atomics said Tuesday. Nick Bucci, vice president of missile defense and space systems at General Atomics’ […] More
A General Atomics subsidiary has developed and demonstrated new pulsed power capacitors that broke a previous energy content world record by more than 20 percent. The company said Thursday two of General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems‘ power capacitor model demonstrated a capacity to fire 500 shots at 0.115 kilowatts per hour in repetitive fire mode and continues to test the model’s […] More
General Atomics has completed an open range testing exercise on a company-built railgun projectile guidance electronics unit. The hypersonic projectiles for the guidance electronics unit worked to transmit component performance data to a ground station via a telemetry link during the tests conducted at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, General Atomics said Sunday. […] More
General Atomics has completed open range tests on projectiles fired from the company’s 3-megajoule Blitzer electromagnetic railgun designed for a Control and Actuation System. During the tests, the projectiles relayed the performance of prototype components to a ground station via a telemetry link, General Atomics said Friday. The tests were conducted in December 2015 at the U.S. […] More
General Atomics has completed a series of railgun launch tests for its projectiles with on-board electronics. The projectiles were launched from a 3-megajoule Blitzer electromagnetic railgun June 9 and 10 at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, General Atomics said Monday. Nick Bucci, vice president of missile defense systems within General Atomics' electromagnetic systems […] More
Lockheed Martin has announced its second-generation aegis ballistic missile defense system has intercepted a missile using satellite-based information, according to a company statement.   Nick Bucci, Lockheed’s mission systems and training business BMD development programs director, said the test is the first time the aegis has used information from tracking satellites to intercept a missile.  “For a […] More
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