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General Atomics, PAE ISR, Bell Selected as NASA UAS Dev’t & Demo Partners

NASA will collaborate with General Atomics’ aeronautical systems business, PAE ISR and Textron‘s Bell subsidiary on a two-year project to demonstrate commercial unmanned aircraft systems through various flight missions. The space agency said Wednesday it selected the three UAS developers to conduct multiple flight demonstrations at an altitude of more than 500 feet by 2020 …

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Report: Army to Equip General Atomics-Built UAS With Electronic Warfare Tech

Maj. Gen. John Morrison, commander of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, has announced that the U.S. Army will launch a drone-mounted electronic warfare technology in 2019, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday. The service has started developing prototypes of the Multi-Function Electronic Warfare Air capability for installation on General Atomics-built MQ-1C Gray Eagle …

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Grand Sky Drone Park Hosts Approved Launch of BVLOS Large Drone Flights

The Grand Sky Drone Park in North Dakota has hosted the approved launch of beyond-visual-line-of-sight large commercial unmanned aircraft system flights under a two-year certificate of waiver or authorization, Aviation Today reported Tuesday. The COA, which was given to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, enables General Atomics‘ aeronautical system business …

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General Atomics Assesses Aerodynamic Capabilities of MQ-25 Drone; David Alexander Comments

A General Atomics business unit has completed the fourth low-speed wind tunnel test of a carrier-based refueling tanker drone being developed for the U.S. Navy. The San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautics Systems Inc. said Tuesday its aeronautical systems division assessed and verified the MQ-25 Stingray tanker’s high-lift system and spoiler-based direct …

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Checks Up On DOE-Funded General Atomics’ Nuclear Tech Projects

Rick Perry, secretary at the Department of Energy, has visited General Atomics facilities to inspect on DOE-funded nuclear energy efforts. The company said Wednesday it is developing accident tolerant fuel rod cladding for nuclear reactors in support of the department’s ATF initiative. General Atomics uses SiGA, a silicon-carbide composite, to …

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General Atomics Updates Remotely Piloted Aircraft Receivers for European Satellite Constellation Navigation

A General Atomics business has added a provision to the navigation receiver of a baseline remotely piloted aircraft to support connections with the European Union and the European Space Agency’s Galileo satellite constellation. The baseline MQ-9B initially used a triplex navigation platform compatible with the U.S. global positioning system and …

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General Atomics to Update Cryofracture System for Army; Scott Forney Comments

A General Atomics business unit has received a contract of an undisclosed value to update a portable cryofracture system prototype for future installation at Crane Army Ammunition Activity in Crane, Ind. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems will also conduct design and procurement efforts to integrate the system with a rotary kiln incinerator under the contract from Army …

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General Atomics Tests Integrated Fuel Tank Structure for MQ-25 Refueling UAS

A General Atomics business unit has tested the use of integrated fuel tanks for a refueling unmanned aircraft system being developed for the U.S. Navy. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc said Thursday it integrated the fuel tanks into the MQ-25‘s full-scale wing skin and a large-scale wing box unit that underwent tests at a facility in Adelanto, Calif. …

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General Atomics to Conduct Trans-Atlantic Flight With SkyGuardian RPA

General Atomics‘ aeronautics systems business announced it will fly its MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely-piloted aircraft from Grand Folks, N.D. to Gloucestershire, England, marking the first trans-Atlantic flight of a medium-altitude, long-endurance RPA. The company said Monday it will leverage Inmarsat‘s SwiftBroadband satellite to control and configure the functions of the aircraft. After the flight, the RPA …

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General Atomics Completes Large-Scale RPA Flight Demo; Linden Blue Comments

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 …

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General Atomics Puts MQ-9B RPA Through Lightning Simulation Test

General Atomics has conducted lightning simulation tests on a full-scale MQ-9B remotely piloted aircraft last month at a company facility in Poway, Calif. The company said Tuesday engineers from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. and NTS Pittsfield tested the MQ-9B that was equipped with lightning protection technology. GA-ASI plans to integrate the same technology …

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