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General Atomics Subsidiary Development, Production Process Receives CMMI Level 5 Rating

A General Atomics subsidiary has received the Capability Maturity Model Integration Maturity level 5 rating for its aircraft systems business unit’s full-directed programs, systems and software development and production processes. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. received the highest attainable maturity level award, which acknowledges companies considered to be working at an optimized level, General Atomics …

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General Atomics Conducts Flight Test of Predator C Avenger Remotely Piloted Aircraft

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has flown its Predator C Avenger remotely piloted aircraft with a United Technologies-built MS-177 electro-optical/infrared sensor. Seven test flights occurred at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California that had the Avenger gather land-based and littoral objects imagery through the MS-177 sensor at more than 37,000 feet …

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General Atomics, Fokker to Collaborate on Predator UAV Landing Gear Development

A General Atomics subsidiary has partnered with Fokker Technologies, a division of GKN Aerospace, to develop landing gear technology for the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft system. Netherlands-based Fokker and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. have worked together to offer Predator B to the Dutch armed forces and aim to integrate Fokker’s technology onto the UAV as the companies …

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General Atomics Conducts 37-Hour Flight Test on Predator B Big-Wing UAV

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business flew its Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Big Wing unmanned aerial vehicle for 37 hours non-stop as part of a follow-on endurance flight test program. The test simulated an operational mission to check the modified UAV’s flight time and its launch, operational altitude climb, loiter and reconnaissance maneuvering functions, General …

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General Atomics, CBP Test Anti-Collision Radar Aboard Unmanned Aircraft

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems unit and the Customs and Border Protection agency have tested a detect-and-avoid system that includes the company’s Due Regard Radar anti-collision system onboard CBP’s Guardian unmanned aircraft system. The company said Wednesday the DAA system also features a Honeywell traffic alert and collision avoidance tool and sensor tracker as it works to provide air traffic imagery for …

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General Atomics to Incorporate Imagery Reconnaissance Pod in Italy’s Predator UAVs

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business will install an imagery reconnaissance pod created by Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems into a Predator B/MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle flown by Italy’s air force. The Predator B’s Multi-spectral Targeting System-B full-motion video system interoperates with the RecceLite pod to facilitate the production of geo-referenced, high-resolution digital stills, General Atomics said …

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Linden Blue: General Atomics Subsidiary Forms UAV Training Partnerships With CAE, UND Aerospace Foundation

A General Atomics subsidiary has signed partnership agreements with CAE and the University of North Dakota’s aerospace foundation in an effort to augment training services for operators of Predator and Reaper remotely piloted aircraft. The UND Aerospace Foundation will provide a flight simulator system to help train students at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.‘s RPA Training Academy in North Dakota …

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General Atomics’ Christina Back: New Nuclear Reactor Tech Key for US Objectives

Christina Back, General Atomics vice president for nuclear technologies and materials, has said the U.S. needs to develop new nuclear reactor technologies rather update current platforms in order to meet cost, safety, proliferation and waste objectives. General Atomics said May 5 Back wrote a testimony for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

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General Atomics Eyes Expanded Operations With New Facility in Huntsville, Alabama

General Atomics unveiled its new facility at Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama, on May 6 in support of efforts to expand its operations in the region. Scott Forney, president of General Atomics’ electromagnetic systems group, said in a release posted Thursday the company’s expansion in the Huntsville area works to drive technology development by developing and building on business associations …

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Naval Research Lab, General Atomics to Collaborate on Radar Tech Integration Project

The Naval Research Laboratory has partnered with a General Atomics subsidiary to embed NRL-built inverse synthetic aperture radar imaging software into the company’s Lynx multimode radar system. NRL and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will work to build integrated radar technology for joint warfighter missions under a cooperative research and development agreement, according to an article published Tuesday on the …

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Air Force Eyes Auto Takeoff, Landing Platform for General Atomics Reaper UAV; Chris Pehrson, Travis Burdine Comment

The U.S. Air Force plans to integrate a system with the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle that will work to help the UAV perform take off and land automatically, Flightglobal reported Wednesday. Chris Pehrson, senior director of strategic development for General Atomics’ aeronautical systems business, told Flightglobal reporter James Drew that the …

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Linden Blue: General Atomics Tests Fuselage Structure of Predator B Variant

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has finished rigorous tests on the fuselage structure of  a new variant of its Predator B remotely piloted aircraft. “Completion of this testing signifies that the design of the new fuselage will be able to meet the strict requirements for type-certification and routine operations in national airspace,” …

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General Atomics’ Chris Pehrson: C4ISR Sector Should Address RPA Technology Gaps

Chris Pehrson, a senior executive at General Atomics, has told Bloomberg Government that the vast amounts of intelligence data that remotely piloted aircraft’s sensors collect pose a challenge to the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sector. Pehrson said in an interview published Thursday that General Atomics’ aeronautical systems business seeks …

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