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    General Atomics Integrates Nuclear Technologies and Materials Division into Electromagnetics Systems Group

    The integration of NTM into GA-EMS provides greater synergies to support continued collaboration on several critical activities and the application of GA’s disruptive technologies to develop new market opportunities in advanced materials, energy, and space.

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    General Atomics Awarded Sustainment Contract for Ford-Class EMALS and AAG

    GA-EMS announced today that it has been awarded a contract for ongoing engineering and logistics sustainment of Gerald R. Ford-class Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) systems by the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent, MD.

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    Researchers at DIII-D Discover Mechanism to Improve Feasibility of Fusion Reactors

    Scientists at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility have for the first time observed a phenomenon that could help improve the stability and performance of large fusion devices and reduce the impact of potentially damaging high heat loads on the surrounding vessel wall.

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    DIII-D Scientists Unravel Challenge in Improving Fusion Performance

    The work, published in an article today in the journal Nuclear Fusion, helps better explain the relationship between three variables – plasma turbulence, the transport of electrons through the plasma, and electron density in the core.

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    General Atomics Gulftronic Electrostatic Separator Contract Supports Maritime IMO 2020 Regulations

    GA-EMS announced it has received a contract award for an 18-module Gulftronic® Electrostatic Separator system to be used by an international refinery customer to produce International Maritime Organization (IMO) Regulation 2020-compliant clarified slurry oil for use in the maritime shipping industry.

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    GA-ASI Partners with Conflux on Additive Manufacturing

    "GA-ASI and Conflux are developing novel and state-of-the-art thermal solutions for application to our existing and next generation RPAS. This will allow enhanced endurance and lower manufacturing cost, as well as more flexibility in our product design and integration," said Linden Blue, GA-ASI CEO.

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    General Atomics EMALS and AAG Systems Support Successful USS Gerald R. Ford Flight Deck Certification

    “We are working closely with the Navy and CVN 78 crew to ensure operational performance is achieved. We remain extremely proud of our team, the squadrons’ pilots and the ship’s crew for all their hard work and dedication, and look forward to continuing success as CVN 78 undergoes these continued at sea periods,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

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    General Atomics Announces Dry Combat Submersible with LiFT Batteries Accepted by USSOCOM

    “With demonstrated performance through sea trials and the confidence of USSCOM, our LiFT battery system is becoming a go-to technology when performance is essential for mission assurance,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

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    General Atomics and Its Affiliates Unite in Fight Against COVID-19

    At GA facilities in San Diego and across the country, test kit development, 3D printing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ventilator component manufacturing are underway to assist in the fight against COVID-19 at a local, state and national level.

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    General Atomics Opens New Spacecraft Development and Test Facility in Colorado

    The 33,514 square foot facility triples GA-EMS’ capacity for satellite production, integration and testing for single to constellation-sized orders, and also houses an expanded mission operations center to support on-orbit satellite and customer payload commissioning and operations.

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    GA-ASI Ferries New MQ-9 To Holloman Air Force Base

    “GA-ASI continues to lead the charge towards enabling large unmanned aircraft to fly in the NAS,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “Our efforts, along with other partners, are gaining momentum and successfully flying the MQ-9 to our U.S. Air Force customer further demonstrates the safety and efficiency of RPA flight in the broader airspace.”

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    General Atomics Accelerates Development of Point of Patient Diagnostic System for Novel Coronovirus Testing

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) announced that it is accelerating the development schedule of its MATCHBOX™ Point-of-Care molecular diagnostic platform to respond to the growing need for testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

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    DIII-D Scientists Solve Key Challenge for Controlling "Runaway" Electrons in Fusion Plasmas

    Scientists at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility have made an important discovery that could significantly improve the reliability of future fusion power plants by helping prevent damaging phenomena known as “runaway” electrons (REs).

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    GA-ASI Flies SkyGuardian in SoCal NAS as Part of NASA Demonstration

    GA-ASI demonstrated ways in which SkyGuardian can be used for a variety of commercial and public services applications, using its onboard sensors. Services featured in the demo included inspections of hundreds of miles of rail, power line, communication and canal infrastructure, agriculture monitoring and topological surveys, as well as wildfire and flood monitoring.

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    GA-ASI Completes First Production-Representative MQ-9B SkyGuardian

    “With first flight of the production-representative aircraft, we remain on schedule for delivering MQ-9B Protector to the RAF,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. Protector RG Mk1 is being procured for the UK Royal Air Force’s configuration of SkyGuardian.

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    GA-ASI Installs New Predator Mission Trainer at FTTC

    “The Predator Mission Trainer will be used to advance the quality and capability of our RPA training at the FTTC,” said David R. Alexander, President, GA-ASI. “The PMT will increase training efficiency because it allows us to focus our training and repeat training events in the simulator more easily than on an actual flight system.”

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    Air National Guard to Install GA-ASI Detect and Avoid System on two MQ-9 RPA

    “Our Detect and Avoid System has been extensively tested and not only meets, but exceeds the capabilities of the air traffic awareness and avoidance systems used on today’s commercial airliners,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI.

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    Diazyme Laboratories, Inc. Announces Availability of COVID-19 Antibody Tests

    Diazyme announces the availability of two serological tests for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), namely the Diazyme DZ-Lite SARS-CoV-2 IgG and SARS-CoV-2 IgM CLIA test kits.

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    General Atomics Supports Successful Test of Hypersonic Glide Body

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) participated in the successful testing of the Common Hypersonic Glide Body (CHGB) during joint flight test Flight Experiment 2 (FE-2) in support of the Army Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) and the Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) programs.

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    General Atomics Expresses Support for Fusion and Plasma Sciences Community Plan

    The Community Plan for Fusion Energy and Discovery Plasma Sciences, released by the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Community, provides a detailed plan on how to translate fusion and plasma science advancements into commercialized fusion energy and other technologies that benefit society.

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    GA-ASI To Use Radomes from SABCA for MQ-9B

    “We’re pleased to have SABCA as our supplier for MQ-9B SATCOM radomes,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “This is a complex, major component of the MQ-9B airframe, subject to strict manufacturing process requirements characteristic of type-certified aircraft production. I’m confident that SABCA is up to the task.”

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    GA-ASI and L3Harris Technologies Successfully Integrate WESCAM MX-20 onto MQ-9

    When integrated onto the MQ-9 Predator® B series of RPAS, the WESCAM MX-20 EO/IR system will support Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Precision Guided Munitions (PGM) missions.

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    General Atomics Acquires Neva Ridge Technologies

    “We look forward to bringing the Neva Ridge Technologies team on board to enhance our capabilities,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “Leveraging the team’s extensive expertise to deliver SAR technology innovations will allow us to advance our products, expand infrastructure, and provide enhanced solutions to our government and commercial customers.

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    GA-ASI To Host Blue Magic Belgium Again in 2020

    The BMB event strives to increase the number of small and medium size Belgian companies that can provide research and development (R&D) and innovation to support GA-ASI. GA-ASI hopes to partner and potentially invest in Belgian companies with aerospace and defense technology.

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    General Atomics and Framatome Join Forces on Nuclear Reactor Channel Boxes

    “Efforts to increase nuclear plant economics must look at more than just the fuel rods,” said GA Vice President of Nuclear Technology and Materials Christina Back. “This project begins the process of developing a fully robust core by deploying modern materials for critical in-core components.”

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    GA-ASI Successfully Tests Air-To-Space Laser Communication System

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has successfully ground tested its Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) by establishing a link with a satellite in Geo-synchronous Earth Orbit (GEO).

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    GA-ASI Holds Second Multi-Domain Operations Demo Using Gray Eagle ER

    The second in a series of demonstrations, GA-ASI partnered with industry to integrate best-of-breed long-range ISR payloads and Air Launch Effects (ALEs) on the GE-ER. The aircraft showed a persistent stand-off capability with up to 40 hours of endurance that Commanders can leverage to orchestrate forces in the Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) environment.

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    GA-ASI Hosts Spanish Suppliers as Part of Industry Day

    During the event, the Andalucían companies learned about GA-ASI’s procurement process and supply chain dynamics, and presented their capabilities for potential support for GA-ASI RPA programs.

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    General Atomics EMALS and AAG Systems Green-Lighted for All CVN 78 Aircraft

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) have been cleared for shipboard launch and recovery of all currently deployed Naval aircraft types aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

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    Bharat Forge Signs a Memorandum of Understanding With General Atomics, USA

     “We look forward to working with Bharat Forge to develop strategies for bringing advanced power, energy, and weapon system capabilities to India in support of Indian defence initiatives,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

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    DIII-D Researchers Use Machine Learning to Steer Fusion Plasmas Near Operational Limits

    Researchers at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility achieved a scientific first this month when they used machine learning calculations to automatically prevent fusion plasma disruptions in real time, while simultaneously optimizing the plasma for peak performance.

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    Cobham and GA-ASI Extend Partnership

    Cobham Services Australia announced a five-year extension to the Teaming Agreement between GA-ASI and Cobham to introduce Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into Australia.

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    GA-ASI Begins MDO Demonstrations Using Gray Eagle ER

    The flight series will continue in 2020 and show that a GE-ER equipped with long-range sensors and Air Launched Effects (ALE) is able to Detect, Identify, Locate and Report (DILR) targetable data to support Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF) systems.

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    GA-ASI Concludes Successful Series of MQ-9 Demonstrations in Greece

    “We were honored to have the HAF’s and the HCG’s support for these flight demonstrations with our MQ-9,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “The MQ-9 RPAS is already a strategic asset for NATO countries, providing mission persistence and interoperability between allies. We showcased MQ-9s maritime surveillance and the civil airspace integration capabilities for our European customers.” The MQ-9 configuration demonstrated is operational in the U.S.

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    General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear System Completes Critical High Cycle Testing

    “Arresting aircraft at a high rate over a sustained period on the same wire is an aggressive test and shows the ability of the system to withstand extreme conditions. The Ford has the capability for an even higher operational tempo than demonstrated at the test site because it has three wires and clears aircraft from the flight path more efficiently.”