Press Releases

  • DIII-D National Fusion Facility Begins Transformation to Prepare for Future Reactors

    New equipment will enable studies of burning plasma physics and sustainmentSan Diego, May 18, 2018 – One of the most flexible and highly instrumented fusion research reactors in the world is undergoing major enhancements that will pave the way to future fusion power plants.The DIII-D National Fusion Facility, operated by General Atomics for the Department of Energy, is the largest magnetic fusion experiment in the U.S. This week marks the start of a series of enhancements to DIII-D that wi...

  • GA-ASI Welcomes Public Visitors to "Guardian" Aircraft Demonstration

    IKI, Nagasaki, Japan – 14 May 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), gave the community of Iki City and Nagasaki Prefecture a “Public Day” demonstration of its Guardian RPA on May 13. Approximately 300 people visited Iki Airport and met the GA-ASI staff.The demonstrations, which officially began on Thursday, consist of approximately 10 five-hour test flights over a three week period out of Iki Airpor...

  • Whistling While You Work: Fusion Scientists Find Inspiration in Earth’s Ionosphere

    The challenge of fusion energy is often compared to capturing – and holding – lightning in a bottle. The analogy is apt because lightning and a fusion energy plasma have a lot in common, including very high temperatures, massive electric charges and complex fluid dynamics. Researchers at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego recently found another characteristic shared between the two types of plasmas: an odd electromagnetic wave known as a whistler. If their theories are correct, the whistler observation could help better understand runaway electrons in tokamaks and could even help control these destructive particles.

  • GA-ASI Begins Demonstration Flights in Japan

    Flights of first large-scale RPA conducted off Iki IslandTOKYO – 09 May 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) today announced the first flight of the Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in Japan during an opening ceremony on on Iki Island. The demonstration flights, taking place over the next three weeks, intend to promote the civil and scientific applications of the RPA."We thank the Mayor of Iki and the many other public and private stakeholders for t...

  • General Atomics and Japanese Officials Mark Important ITER Milestone

    Delivery of final conductor key step in fabricating ITER Central SolenoidSan Diego, May 3, 2018 – Officials from U.S. and Japanese fusion energy programs gathered with leaders of General Atomics (GA) Thursday to celebrate delivery of the final spool of conductor from Japan to GA’s Magnet Technologies Center near San Diego. The ceremony marks the delivery of the 51st and final spool of the special conductor – a twisted cable of niobium-tin wires surrounded by a stainless steel j...

  • General Atomics Awarded DOE Funding to Pursue Advanced Reactor Research

    Awards will support continued development and licensing of new reactor fuels San Diego, April 30, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday awarded General Atomics funding to continue the company’s development of new types of fuel for advanced nuclear reactors. The awards were part of an announcement by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry providing $60 million for U.S.

  • General Atomics Completes Ready-For-Launch Testing of Orbital Test Bed Satellite

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 23 APRIL 2018 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has completed full system and “ready for launch” pre-flight testing of its Orbital Test Bed (OTB) satellite. OTB will launch as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Technology Program (STP-2) flight on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

  • GA-ASI To Demonstrate Large RPA in Japan

    Flights Will Be Conducted in Cooperation with Iki City, Nagasaki PrefectureTOKYO – 17 April 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), announced today that it will conduct maritime surveillance flight demonstrations in May 2018 using the GA-ASI manufactured MQ-9 Guardian RPA. The Guardian will collect data and conduct scientific research while operating from the island of Iki, in Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture.

  • General Atomics Awarded Contract for Hazardous Waste Destruction Systems in China

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 17 APRIL 2018 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Tianjin Saipeng Environmental Protection Technology Company, People’s Republic of China, for three industrial Supercritical Water Oxidation (iSCWO) systems. The iSCWO systems will be installed at the Binhai New Area facility in the Tianjin municipality to provide a reliable, environmentally-sound capability to destroy hazardous liquid waste generated...

  • GA-ASI Demonstrates Flight Deck Taxi Capability for MQ-25

    SAN DIEGO – 16 April 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully demonstrated aircraft carrier deck handling to include taxi capability and transition to the launch and recovery phases using a Predator® C Avenger® jet aircraft as a surrogate. As part of the proposed MQ-25 solution, GA-ASI has demonstrated that the new carrier-based unmanned tanker can integrate with the complexities of existing flight deck operations.“MQ-25 will need to i...

  • General Atomics Exhibiting Modular, Flexible Satellite Platforms at 34th Space Symposium

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 11 APRIL 2018 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it will be exhibiting its satellite and space system technologies at the 34th Space Symposium, April 15-19, 2018 in Colorado Springs, CO. GA-EMS continues to expand its portfolio of small satellite and mission-support capabilities, providing ground-to-space solutions for nano, micro and small satellites that offer a high degree of modularity and payload flexibility to suit a variety of missi...

  • Predator-Series Aircraft Pass Five Million Flight Hour Mark

    GA-ASI Sets RPA Industry Record With Help From Worldwide Customers BaseSAN DIEGO – 9 April 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that its Predator®-series family of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), encompassing Predator, Predator B, Gray Eagle, and Avenger® lines, has achieved a historic industry milestone: five million flight hours. The milestone was achieved on April 4, with 360,311 total missions completed and more than 90 percent of al...

  • GA-ASI Awarded FMS Development Contract for MQ-9B Protector

    SAN DIEGO – 06 April 2018 –General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is pleased to announce the recent award of a $81M Foreign Military Sales contract by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the United Kingdom (UK) MQ-9B PROTECTOR unmanned aircraft system programme. This contract provides for integration and component level testing for UK specific enhancements to support the MQ-9B PROTECTOR programme.

  • Avenger ER Sets New Endurance Record Flying 23.4 Consecutive Hours

    SAN DIEGO – 05 April 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has set a new endurance record with its Avenger® Extended Range (ER) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). On January 24-25, the next-generation Avenger ER flew 23.4 continuous hours in a representative Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) configuration while carrying out a simulated reconnaissance mission.

  • General Atomics Acoustic Detection System Successfully Performs at U.S. Army Event

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 08 MAR 2018 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today the successful demonstration of their Fencepost acoustic detection system at the U.S. Army’s Fires Center of Excellence annual Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) at Ft. Sill, in Lawton, OK.

  • Predator XP/RQ-1E Part of "Live-Fly" Airshow at UMEX

    UMEX, Abu Dhabi –02 March 2018 –The Predator XP/RQ-1E Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) flew above the tarmac of Al Ain Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of a “Live-Fly” event. The Live-Fly was held on February 27th and focused on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that support the defense and security sectors. The event was a part of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX) held in Abu Dhabi.

  • General Atomics Awarded Army Contract to Advance Railgun Weapon System Technology

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 01 MAR 2018 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army through the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) to evaluate and mature electromagnetic railgun weapon system capabilities to support the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Command (ARDEC).

  • General Atomics Open House at Innovate ABQ Expands Business, Technology Efforts in Region

    New Office Provides Support for Collaboration, Growth SAN DIEGO, CA, 26 FEB 2018 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it held an open house event to commemorate the organization’s new facility located in Innovate ABQ Lobo Rainforest in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Attending the event and providing brief remarks were Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep.

  • General Atomics Delivers First Lift Batteries for USSOCOM’S New Dry Combat Submersible

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 15 FEB 2018 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has delivered the first shipset of Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) batteries for the U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) new Dry Combat Submersible (DCS), a long endurance delivery vehicle capable of transporting personnel in a dry environment. GA-EMS is under contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation to provide LiFT batteries to power the DCS propulsion and internal s...

  • General Atomics Awarded DARPA Contract for Portable Diagnostic Device

    Device to Provide Bio-Threat Detection Capability in the Field SAN DIEGO, CA, 14 FEB 2018 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a 12 month contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a next generation Portable Diagnostic Platform for personnel to quickly self-perform testing for an array of infectious diseases in the field. Over the 12 month contract period, GA-EMS will develop a verification...

  • GA-ASI Announces Best in Industry Partnerships for MQ-25

    SAN DIEGO – 13 February 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) is proud to announce its MQ-25 Stingray offering to the U.S. Navy in collaboration with a range of highly regarded industry partners that represent the best in American aerospace.GA-ASI has designed a purpose-built MQ-25A Stingray, optimized for the tanking mission and providing exceptional fuel give, that will more than double the range of the Carrier Air Wing.

  • General Atomics Awarded Navy Contract for High Energy Density Capacitors

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 31 JAN 2018 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy through the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) to develop advanced, high energy density capacitors for use in High Power Microwave (HPM) systems. GA-EMS is applying advanced technologies to create high energy density capacitors that will enable the deployment of HPM systems on smaller and more tactically relevant Navy platforms...

  • General Atomics Acquires Assets of Xagenic, Inc.

    Acquisition Augments Microelectronics and Manufacturing Initiatives SAN DIEGO, CA, 25 JAN 2018 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Xagenic, Inc., a Toronto, Canada-based developer of molecular diagnostic systems. The assets will be integrated into the new GA-EMS bio-sensor technology development operation located in Rancho Bernardo, California, to support the organization’s growth initiatives related to microelectro...

  • GA-ASI Demonstrates SATCOM Launch and Recovery Capability for MQ-9B

    SAN DIEGO – 22 January 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated its latest Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) using a Satellite Communications (SATCOM) data link for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian™/SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The demonstration also included the first SATCOM taxi of the MQ-9B.

  • General Atomics Announces New High Voltage, High Temperature Capacitors

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 17 JAN 2018 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has developed a new capacitor technology capable of operating at high voltages and at temperatures as high as 500⁰C. The high voltage, high temperature capacitors allow for more stable operation of power electronics at voltages >1000 V and across more extreme temperature ranges.“This new high voltage capacitor technology offers a significant benefit to customers developing ultra-high tem...

  • Dr. Robert Peterkin Joins General Atomics as Director of Albuquerque Operations

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 12 JAN 2018 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that Dr. Robert Peterkin has joined the organization as director of Operations for the organization’s new Albuquerque, New Mexico office. Dr.

  • General Atomics Capacitors Selected for Non-Lethal Vehicle Stopper

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 03 JAN 2018 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) through the Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) to develop and supply advanced, high energy density capacitors for integration into a non-lethal Pre-Emplaced Vehicle Stopper (PEVS) system for use in force protection and vehicle checkpoint operations.“We continue to shape capacitor techn...

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