Press Releases

  • 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...

  • 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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