Tag Archives: SkyGuardian

Collins Aerospace to Enter Final Phase of UAS Airspace Data Link Waveform Dev’t Project; Heather Robertson Quoted

NASA and United Technologies Corp.'s Collins Aerospace business are gearing up for the final phase of a joint project to build a data link technology designed to support unmanned aircraft system management operations in national airspace. Collins Aerospace said Thursday it has helped finance command non-payload control waveform development efforts and developed radio prototypes that could operate with CNPC during flight tests as part of a nine-year project.

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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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Inmarsat Provides Satcom Service in General Atomics RPA Trans-Atlantic Flight

Inmarsat’s government subsidiary has provided General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. with an L-band satellite communications system to control an MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft on its first flight across the Atlantic. The SwiftBroadband satcom platform supported the medium altitude, long endurance RPA in selecting routes and running data applications throughout the …

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General Atomics Flies SkyGuardian RPA on Maiden Trans-Atlantic Voyage

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business flew an MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft Tuesday from Grand Forks, N.D., to a U.K. air force station located in Gloucestershire, England. The company said Tuesday it used Inmarsat‘s SwiftBroadband L-band satellite communications system to manage the first trans-Atlantic flight of the medium-altitude, long-endurance RPA. SkyGuardian will be …

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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 Demos Automatic Takeoff, Landing Capacity for MQ-9B RPA

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems unit showcased an automatic takeoff and landing capability for the MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian remotely piloted aircraft via a satellite communications datalink. The company said Monday operators of an MQ-9B SkyGuardian controlled the aircraft outside General Atomics’ Gray Butte Flight Operations Center in Palmdale, California while the platform …

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Hughes to Provide Satcom Support for General Atomics’ Predator B RPA; Rick Lober Comments

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has partnered with Hughes Network Systems to update the satellite communications system of the Predator B remotely piloted aircraft. Hughes said Monday it will provide customized airborne modems for Predator B’s SkyGuardian variant as part of a contract with General Atomics. The broadband satellite technology company designed its Hughes HM series modems to increase data …

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General Atomics Subsidiary Creates Predator B Variant Designed for Non-Military Operations

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business has introduced a “type-certifiable” version of the Predator B remotely piloted aircraft designed to operate under airworthiness requirements of non-military airspace. General Atomics said Friday it showcased the SkyGuardian RPA to an audience of international dignitaries from nine nations. SkyGuardian is designed to also comply with NATO and U.K. airworthiness …

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