Press Releases

  • General Atomics Acquires Assets of Surrey-US, LLC

    Acquisition Will Augment Space Systems InitiativesSAN DIEGO, CA, 13 NOVEMBER 2017 - General Atomics announced today that it has acquired the majority of the assets of Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (Surrey-US), an Englewood, Colorado.-based provider of innovative small satellite technologies, systems and services. The assets and workforce will be integrated into General Atomics' Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) to support the organization's growth initiatives focused on the dev...

  • Jim Mosquera Joins General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 13 November 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that Jim Mosquera has joined the organization as vice president and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Mr. Mosquera will be responsible for achieving strategic technical, business and financial objectives in support of technology, platform, and next generation product development.

  • Aviation Week Program Excellence Award Presented to GA-ASI’s Gray Eagle Extended Range Program Team

    SAN DIEGO – 31 October 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) was recognized for its Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) program at Aviation Week’s 16th Annual Program Excellence Awards event on October 23rd. The GA-ASI GE-ER program team won the award in the category of OEM R&D/SDD (Original Equipment Manufacturer Research & Development/System Design & Development).

  • GA-ASI Signs MOU with Huneed

    SAN DIEGO/SEOUL – 18 October 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Huneed Technologies Co. Ltd.

  • GA-ASI Announces Collaboration with KAIST'S CR2CENT

    Project Expected to Accelerate RPA Approval to Fly in Civil Airspace SAN DIEGO/SEOUL – 18 October 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), one of the world’s leading universities specializing in science and technology. KAIST is host to CR2CENT, Korea’s Civil RPAS Res...

  • MQ-9 UAS Used to Support Fire Fighting Efforts in Northern California

    SAN DIEGO, CA – 16 October 2017 – The California Air National Guard’s 163d Attack Wing operating out of March Air Reserve Base is using MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), with full-motion video (optical and infra-red) and ground imaging Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capability, in support of CAL FIRE’s firefighting efforts in Northern California. SAR is able to see clearly though both clouds and smoke.“The 163d Attack Wing supports citizens during the fires by o...

  • GA-ASI Transitions to An All Gray Eagle Extended Range Production Line for the U.S. Army

    AUSA, WASHINGTON – 10 October 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) officially transitioned its production line from the MQ-1C Gray Eagle to its new long-range variant, the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range following the completion of the last contracted MQ-1C aircraft.GA-ASI’s investment in airframe composite tooling enabled the company to start manufacturing the MQ-1C ER ahead of schedule, with its production running in parallel with the MQ-1C line. The ...

  • General Atomics Awarded Contract for Ford-Class EMALS and AAG Spares

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 09 OCTOBER 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a definitized delivery order for the first set of on board repair parts (spares), providing sustainment support to the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system on the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). This delivery order also provides spares to support the AAG land-based site at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.&ldqu...

  • General Atomics Acquires Syntronics, LLC

    Provider of Specialized High G Electro-Mechanical Products SAN DIEGO, CA, 02 OCTOBER 2017 - General Atomics announced today that it has acquired Syntronics, LLC, located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Syntronics, LLC, a leading developer and manufacturer of custom electro-mechanical technologies including projectile and missile guidance systems, in-flight and ground based shock resistant instrumentation and related software technologies, will become part of General Atomics Electromagneti...

  • GA-ASI Conducts First Flight Test From Upgraded FTTC

    Unmanned Flight through Civil Airspace Covers 1,075nm Using Multiple High-Throughput Satellite Beams GRAND FORKS, N.D. – 18 September 2017 – On August 30th, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew its first test flight out of its new Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

  • GA-ASI Expands Team Reaper Australia

    Robust Australian Industry Support Set to Deliver the Only Viable Single Solution to the Australia's Multi-Mission RPA Requirements  CANBERRA – 06 September 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), the world's leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, today announced the expansion of its Team Reaper Australia. The team offers the only viable solution to meet the Project Air 7003 requirement and now consists of nine Australian com...

  • MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range Flies 41.9 Hours

    Endurance Flight Marks Completion of Phase 2 Flight TestSAN DIEGO – 24 August 2017 – On August 6th MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (MQ-1C ER) aircraft completed a 41.9-hour endurance flight, exceeding the 40 hour flight test goal. The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), designed and developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), flew out of El Mirage, Calif.

  • New Hangar Opens for GA-ASI's Flight Test and Training Center

    Ribbon-Cutting Event Marks Completion of Permanent Hangar Facility in N.D. GRAND FORKS – 22 August 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) held a grand opening event yesterday for its new hangar at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota.

  • MQ-9B SkyGuardian Completes FAA Approved Flight

    Flight through Multiple Classes of Non-Segregated Airspace Represents another Step towards CertificationSAN DIEGO – 18 August 2017 – On August 16th General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew a MQ-9B SkyGuardian™ Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) from Laguna Airfield at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., through National Airspace, to its Gray Butte Flight Operations facility near Palmdale, Calif. The MQ-9B is a STANAG 4671 (NATO airworthiness standard for Unmanned Aircraft...

  • General Atomics Announces Successful Aircraft Launch and Recovery on Board USS Gerald R. Ford

    EMALS and AAG Systems Launch and Arrest F/A-18F Super HornetSAN DIEGO, CA, 11 AUGUST 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that the Navy successfully executed its first at-sea aircraft launch and recovery events aboard the newly commissioned aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on 28 July, using GA-EMS Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG). The first arrestment and launch of an F/A-18F Super Hornet was followed ...

  • Ballistic Missile Defense Conference Held at GA-ASI

    Hudson Institute Hosts U.S. and Japanese Leaders to Discuss North Korean Threat SAN DIEGO – 08 August 2017 – In late July the Hudson Institute, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, organized a two-day conference on countering the ballistic missile threat from North Korea. The conference was held on July 26-27, 2017 at the headquarters of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

  • General Atomics New 10 MJ Railgun System Moves to Dugway for Testing

    Testing Scheduled for Third Generation Railgun Launcher and Hypersonic ProjectilesSAN DIEGO, CA, 31 JULY 2017 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that its new 10 Mega Joule (MJ) medium range multi-mission railgun system has completed final assembly and factory acceptance test in preparation for transport to Dugway Proving Ground in Utah to begin testing. The 10 MJ railgun system has been designed and built by GA-EMS to provide multi-mission, multi-domain capa...

  • General Atomics Celebrates Navy Commissioning of USS Gerald R. Ford

    Ceremonies Conducted at Naval Station Norfolk SAN DIEGO, CA, 24 JULY 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) attended the Navy’s commissioning ceremonies of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first of a new class of technologically advanced aircraft carriers joining the Fleet. GA-EMS Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) are installed on CVN 78.

  • GA-ASI President Dave Alexander Addresses UAV Group at Paris Air Show

    Investment and Collaboration Are Key to Airspace IntegrationPARIS AIR SHOW – 21 June 2017 – Today General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) president David R. Alexander issued the following statement at the Civil Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Conference during the Paris International Air Show.GA-ASI applauds the FAA's effort to work with industry through the recently formed Controlled Airspace Advisory Rulemaking Committee and Type Certification Projects.

  • GA-ASI Celebrates 25 Years of Aviation Innovation

    An Illustrious History of Technology, Development, and Support for the Armed Forces PARIS AIR SHOW – 21 June 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, celebrates its 25th year anniversary with a series of employee and customer outreach activities that will continue over the next year."We are excited to celebrate this milestone with...

  • GA-ASI Completes Design Review for USAF Block 50 GCS

    Performance Requirements Met for Advanced CockpitPARIS AIR SHOW – 20 June 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for its next-generation Advanced Cockpit Block 50 Ground Control Station (GCS) at the company's Poway, Calif., facilities. Completing the CDR was a key milestone towards fielding advanced capabilities for the U.S.

  • GA-ASI Engineers Honored by AIAA

    Hettick and Ramrus Receive Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Aerospace SAN DIEGO – 14 June 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) engineers Jeff Hettick and Jordan Ramrus were recently honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with awards for outstanding aerospace contributions. The San Diego Section of AIAA is dedicated to promoting awareness, activism, and access throughout the aerospace community.

  • General Atomics Awarded Sole Source Procurement Contract for Advanced Arresting Gear

    Company Delivering Aircraft Launch and Recovery Systems for All Three Ford-Class Carriers SAN DIEGO, CA, 12 JUNE 2017 - General Atomics (GA) announced today that it has been awarded a sole source production contract modification for the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). This contract award establishes GA as the sole source provider of both AAG and the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) for the first three...

  • MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remains Airborne for Over 48 Hours Non-stop

    Predator B Variant Sets Company RecordSAN DIEGO – 25 May 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that its new MQ-9B SkyGuardian™ Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system, a "Certifiable" (STANAG 4671) version of its Predator® B product line, has set a company record with the longest endurance flight of any Predator-series aircraft.Configured in an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) "clean wing" mode, the company-owned MQ-9B aircraft took off May...

  • General Atomics Gulftronic Electrostatic Separators Selected for Japan’s Taiyo Oil Co. Ltd. Refinery

    New System Will Add Capacity to Meet Market DemandSAN DIEGO, CA, 18 MAY 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has received an order from De Nora Permelec Ltd., via the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor CHIYODA Corp., for an eight (8) module Gulftronic™ Electrostatic Separator System to be installed at Taiyo Oil Co. Ltd.’s Shikoku refinery in Japan. This new system will expand the refinery’s existing Gulftr...

  • General Atomics Successfully Tests Railgun Hypersonic Projectiles

    Blitzer Railgun Tests Continue Record of SuccessSAN DIEGO, CA, 10 MAY 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that their hypersonic projectiles with an enhanced Guidance Electronics Unit (GEU) have been successfully tested during multiple firings from the organization’s three mega joule (3 MJ) Blitzer™ railgun system. The enhanced GEU containing a new battery configuration and running GA-EMS developed Guidance, Navigation, and Control software, co...

  • General Atomics Completes Heat Treatment of ITER’s First Central Solenoid Module

    The First Module’s Fabrication Process Completes a Key Milestone, Continuing to Show Significant Progress SAN DIEGO – 26 April 2017 – Today General Atomics (GA) reached another key milestone in the fabrication of the ITER Central Solenoid as engineers and technicians at GA’s facility officially completed heat treatment of the first module. The Central Solenoid – an integral component of ITER’s unprecedented fusion facility – will stand ove...

  • General Atomics Lithium-Ion Fault Tolerant Batteries to Support Unmanned Underwater Surveillance Vehicle

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 17 APRIL 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery system for the Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle (SAHRV), a small, portable underwater vehicle (UUV). GA-EMS is part of a team working with the Department of Defense to design, fabricate, deliver, and conduct at-sea testing of the LiFT battery system for use on the SAHRV platform. The SA...

  • GA-ASI's Predator B Demonstrates Threat Radar Detection

    New Capability Emerges for RPA Operating in Contested Airspace SAN DIEGO – 10 April 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the successful airborne demonstration of a Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) on a GA-ASI Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Block 5 aircraft. The company-owned Predator B operated from GA-ASI's Gray ...

  • University of Missouri Research Reactor Files for NRC Approval to Start U.S. Production of Medical Isotopes

    Columbia, MO – 29 March 2017 – The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR®) and its partners Nordion, a business of Sterigenics International, and General Atomics (GA), announce that MURR’s License Amendment Request (LAR) has been submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This marks a critical step towards implementing domestic U.S.

  • Rolf Ziesing Joins General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems as Vice President, Programs

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 28 MARCH 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that Mr. Rolf Ziesing has joined the organization as vice president of Programs. Mr.

  • GA-ASI Announces Japanese Collaboration at “Japan Drone”

    SAN DIEGO/TOKYO – 23 March 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced during a briefing at the Japan Drone expo in Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan, that it has executed a research collaboration agreement with a consortium of Japanese industry, government, and academia groups to accelerate operational approval for Medium-altitu...

  • GA-ASI Continues Gremlins Phase Two for DARPA

    Development Efforts Move From Concept to Build and Demonstration Phase SAN DIEGO – 23 March 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has continued to contract the company for Phase 2 of the Gremlins program. The Gremlins program seeks to deve...

  • General Atomics Announces Next Generation Railgun Pulsed Power Containers

    Doubles Energy Density, Reduces FootprintSAN DIEGO, CA, 09 MARCH 2017 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has developed a High Energy Pulsed Power Container (HEPPC) that provides twice the energy density than existing railgun pulsed power solutions. The HEPPC can reduce the number of pulsed power containers required to launch projectiles or hybrid missiles from a railgun weapon system, providing greater flexibility for future Navy and Army railgun applicati...

  • General Atomics Featured In Senate Hearing On Advanced Reactor Research And Future Of Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Advanced Reactors Must Address Cost, Safety, Waste & Proliferation ChallengesWASHINGTON – 8 MARCH 2017 – Dr. Christina Back, Vice President of Nuclear Technologies and Materials for General Atomics and leader of the organization responsible for the Energy Multiplier Module (EM2), an advanced reactor concept, testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the efforts to modernize the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to best jumpstart research into ad...

  • General Atomics’ Energy Group On Rick Perry’s Confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Energy

    Washington – 03 March 2017 – Today, Dr. Jeffrey Quintenz, Senior Vice President of General Atomics’Energy Group, released the following statement after the Senate voted 62-37 to confirmGovernor Rick Perry as the next U.S. Secretary of Energy:“We at General Atomics congratulate Secretary Perry on his confirmation as the new head of theDepartment of Energy.

  • GA-ASI Launches Team Reaper Australia

    A Single Solution to the Australia’s Multi-Mission RPA Requirements GEELONG – 28 February 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the official launch of its Team Reaper® Australia solution to the Project Air 7003 requirement, together with Australian teammates Cobham, CAE Australia, Raytheon Australia, and Fl...

  • General Atomics Successfully Joins Four Miles of Superconductor to Form First Module of ITER's Central Solenoid

    1st Module of ITER Central Solenoid is Roughly 40% Complete and Continues to Progress on ScheduleSAN DIEGO – 15 February 2017 –Today General Atomics (GA) completed an important step in its construction of the ITER Central Solenoid's 1st module. GA engineers and technicians have now successfully joined the nearly 240,000 pounds of superconductor that make up the module and are preparing to start the heat treatment process.The Central Solenoid is essentially the heart of ITER, the ...

  • General Atomics Awarded CVN 80 Sole Source Procurement Contract

    Company Delivering Aircraft Launch Systems for All Three Ford-Class CarriersSAN DIEGO, CA, 30 January 2017 – General Atomics (GA) announced today it has been awarded the sole source production contract modification for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) for Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). EMALS for CVN 80 is part of the definitized sole source production contract awarded to GA for the John F.

  • GA-ASI Names Newest Predator B Variant

    "SkyGuardian" Certifiable RPA Demonstrated Before an International AudienceSAN DIEGO – 27 January 2017 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, tactical radars, and electro-optic and related mission system solutions, launched a "Type-Certifiable" (STANAG 4671) version of its Predator® B product line, called SkyGuardian™, this week before an audience of international dignitar...

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