General Dynamics creates the General Atomic (GA) Division of General Dynamics for research and development in the peaceful uses of atomic energy
Summer symposium begins with GA's initial scientific staff and visiting summer consultants to define GA's first projects. These include the inherently safe TRIGA® research reactor, the High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor, and controlled fusion research.
GA and the Texas Atomic Energy Research Foundation begin a four-year, $10,000,000 research program in controlled fusion.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency announces start of Project Orion at GA, a new space propulsion concept using controlled nuclear explosions to drive a large space vehicle into deep space.
A TRIGA research reactor, sponsored by the Atomic Energy Commission, operates at the Geneva Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in Switzerland.
Philadelphia Electric Co. and more than 40 other utility companies propose building a 40-MWe prototype High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) at Peach Bottom, PA.
GA introduces the Magneform® metalworking machine, a byproduct of controlled fusion research.
Peach Bottom HTGR research and development program includes graphite fuel element development, nuclear physics design, component fabrication and testing, and post-irradiation examinations.
Research on reverse osmosis for saline water conversion begins in a project sponsored by the Department of the Interior's Office of Saline Water.
GA introduces Pyrolite® medical carbon for artificial heart valves, a byproduct of fuel development for the high temperature gas-cooled reactor.
AEC selects GA to build the Doublet III magnetic fusion experiment in San Diego, based on the success of earlier Doublet I and II magnetic confinement experiments.
Doublet III fusion machine achieves its first plasma conditions at GA. The machine was later upgraded and renamed DIII-D.
GA's chemical agent munitions demilitarization development project begins for the U.S. Army, using the cryofracture process.
GA's modular high temperature gas-cooled reactor is selected for the Department of Energy's New Production Reactor program.
Applied SuperConetics celebrates production of the 100th commercial superconducting magnet for medical resonance imaging. The group was later acquired by Toshiba America Medical Systems.
The first Predator® unmanned aerial vehicle is flown at GA's flight test facility at El Mirage, CA. GA rolls out the prototype within six months of receiving Pentagon contract to demonstrate an advanced concept unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Lynx® synthetic aperture radar is unveiled by GA and Sandia National Laboratories for use on both manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Diazyme Laboratories becomes a biotechnology division of GA. Diazyme will apply proprietary enzyme technology to develop rapid detection methods for small molecules in biological samples for clinical diagnostic and pharmaceutical uses.
GA Aeronautical Systems flies first pre-production version of the Predator B, soon to be known as the Reaper®. Predator B will conduct quick trainsit, long endurance missions in support of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and weapons delivery missions.
Navy chooses GA for system development and demonstration of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), scheduled for use on its next-generation aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford. The project benefits from skills developed under GA's fusion research program -- both programs require precise control of the discharge of large amounts of pulsed power.
GA and its Team Warrior partners awarded contracts for the system development and demonstration phase of the Army's Extended Range Multi-Purpose UAV program.
A Terex MT6300 mine-haul truck is operated with a GA Power Inverters' drive system at a syncrude mine in the tar sands of Alberta. The 400-ton payload machine is one of the highest payload class trucks in the world.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announces delivery of its sixth Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System. The aircraft will operate from Sierra Vista, AZ.
GA Aeronautical Systems' next-generation Predator C Avenger® makes its first flight. The aircraft has higher operational and transit speeds and provides expanded quick-response and armed reconnaissance capability.
First demonstration of the GA designed and manufactured Blitzer™ electromagnetic railgun.
GA announces the Energy Multiplier Module (EM2™), a small version of the Gas Turbine Modular Helium Reactor. EM2 will utilize nuclear waste to produce energy.
GA celebrates the first launch of an aircraft from the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) installed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.