Press Releases 2019

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    General Atomics Announces NASA Deep Space Atomic Clock in Nominal Operation

    “OTB continues to operate nominally, and we are excited that DSAC is performing as anticipated,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “We continue to provide operation services to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and NASA for the currently scheduled year-long trial of DSAC’s functionality."

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    GA-ASI Awards Gray Eagle ER Modernization Contracts

    The Army awarded GA-ASI multiple contracts to upgrade the Gray Eagle ER’s avionics, datalinks and software in order to improve the UAS’s operational capability in contested environments.

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    GA-ASI Begins Demonstration Flights in Greece

    GA-ASI begins a series of demonstration flights using its MQ-9 Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The flights, being hosted by the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) and staged out of Larissa Air Base in Greece, showcase the maritime surveillance capabilities of the MQ-9, as well as the GA-ASI-developed Detect and Avoid (DAA) system.

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    Australian Defence Force Selects GA-ASI's MQ-9B for Project Air 7003

    “We have worked closely with the ADF to determine the right RPAS to meet their needs,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “MQ-9B will provide the all-weather, multi-mission support, and interoperability that the ADF requires. We look forward to working closely with our Australian industry partners to provide a highly capable RPAS to the ADF, while creating high-tech jobs in Australia.”

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    General Atomics Researcher Honored for Fusion Engineering

    David Pace has been selected by the Fusion Power Associates (FPA) Board of Directors to receive its Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award for his leadership within the fusion research community and his work developing fusion diagnostics at multiple international facilities.

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    GA-ASI Assists California Air National Guard with Fire Season

    GA-ASI is supporting the California Air National Guard as they provide real-time reconnaissance for California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) firefighting operations in Southern California.

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    GA-ASI Demonstrates Small Glide Munition Launched from Gray Eagle ER

    When launched from the GE-ER at maximum altitude, the glide weapon can reach extended ranges, which means it can effectively engage threats in a multi-domain operations environment while staying out the engagement zones of threat weapons.

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    GA-ASI To Conduct Series of Capability Demonstrations in Europe

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), announced today that they are working with the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) in Greece to conduct a series of demonstration flights for European countries in December.

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    DIII-D Receives Five-Year Funding Award from Department of Energy

    The cooperative agreement enables GA’s stewardship of DIII-D to continue through 2024, providing opportunities for scientists from around the world to carry out important research in the development of practical fusion energy.

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    General Atomics Awarded Army Contract for Hydrogen Generation System Prototype

    “Vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer a more reliable, efficient, quiet, reduced thermal signature and environmentally-sound option to support field operations,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

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    GA-ASI's Predator Series Aircraft Pass Six Million Flight Hours

    “Six million flight hours is a testament to the reliability of our unmanned aircraft systems that are designed, built, and sustained by a dedicated group of skilled and innovative professionals for operations around the world,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “In our more than 25 years in business, GA-ASI has achieved a list of historic ‘firsts’ in RPA development and we have leveraged those accomplishments to better support our customer’s requirements.”

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    General Atomics Researcher Named Fellow of the American Physical Society

    According to the APS, Buttery was selected “for pioneering contributions to the understanding of magnetohydrodynamics stability in tokamak plasmas, including the physics of tearing modes and magnetic field errors, and for outstanding scientific leadership of national and international fusion research.”

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    General Atomics Awarded Contract for Manufacture of Hypersonic Glide Body Prototypes

    “We bring expertise in manufacturing highly complex systems, a long standing relationship with Sandia National Laboratories, and prior experience on the Block 0 glide body, to this high priority national security program,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

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    USSOCOM Increases Value of MALET Contract for GA-ASI Aircraft

    The funding increase from $15 million to $93 million is in response to the significantly expanded payload capacity of the newly fielded MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). 

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    GA-ASI Partnering with NASA to Demo Commercial Mission with a Large UAS in Southern California

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has signed a cooperative agreement with NASA to perform a demonstration flight as part of the agency’s project to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS).

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    General Atomics Awarded Army Contract Supporting Hypersonic Glide Body Prototype Development

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) to further the development of the Common Hypersonic Glide Body (CHGB) and Flight Test Vehicle...

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    General Atomics Wins AFA Citation of Honor

    “Thank you to the U.S. Air Force Association for this extraordinary recognition,” said Alexander. “We’re proud to support the future generation of scientists and engineers who will drive our industry forward.” GA has been an advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and aerospace education for more than two decades through its charitable donations and outreach programs at the regional and national level.

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    GA-ASI To Demonstrate Agile Condor Capability for USAF

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to demonstrate the Air Force Research Lab’s “Agile Condor” capability using a MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) owned by GA-ASI. Agile Condor is a high-performance computing architecture that will be used to demonstrate artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

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    GA-ASI Demonstrates Multi-Mission Control and Metis

    Multi-Mission Control (MMC) enables a single pilot to control multiple MQ-9s for transit operations and routine Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions using a streamlined graphical user interface and lightweight hand controller.

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    USMC Sets New Milestone with GA-ASI MQ-9A

    The U.S. Marine Corps’ (USMC) Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1) blazed a trail of firsts and was awarded the 2018 Marine Corps Aviation Association Unmanned Aircraft Squadron of the Year.

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    General Atomics Awarded Manufacturing Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Bearing Support Structures

    “This contract leverages our extensive manufacturing competencies to ensure these critical structures are delivered to NSWCCD as the first new COLUMBIA Class submarine begins construction in October 2020,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

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    GA-ASI and UK MoD Sign Test and Evaluation Contract for Protector

    “This completes another important milestone as we work towards the delivery of Protector to the Royal Air Force (RAF),” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “We have completed more than 100 qualification test flights using our two company-owned SkyGuardian RPA.”

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    Four Additional Belgian Companies Join Team SkyGuardian

    “The addition of these four companies to Team SkyGuardian will further enhance the capabilities of SkyGuardian and build on our already strong business partnerships in Belgium,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI.

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    GA-ASI Receives FAA No-Chase COA for Unmanned Flights in North Dakota

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization from the FAA for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations by utilizing a Ground-based Sense and Avoid system.

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    General Atomics Orbital Test Bed Satellite Payload Commissioning Underway

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that commissioning of NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC), the primary hosted payload on-board the Orbital Test Bed (OTB) satellite, is now underway.

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    RAF Sees Demo of New Protector Capabilities

    “This demonstration was a complete success and has really built our anticipation and excitement about our new Protector RPA to a whole new level,” said RAF Group Captain Lyndon Jones, Protector RG Mk1 Programme Director.

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    DIII-D University Collaborators Receive Funding from Department of Energy

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday announced $14 million in awards to ten universities across the country to pursue fusion energy research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego.

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    GA-ASI Teams with Cobham for Protector Through-Life Support

    The support services include developing maintenance strategies that provide lower cost sustainment over the life cycle of the product and providing distribution and other logistical support. GA-ASI and Cobham Aviation Services have had a long-lasting relationship and are well-suited to provide world-class sustainment to the UK Protector programme.

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    GA-ASI's Predator A RPA Turns 25

    “With innovation in mind, we have always looked for ways to challenge the industry standard,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “Our Predator-series has evolved over the past 25 years into MQ-9 and Gray Eagle (MQ-1C), which are the most combat-proven RPA in the world.”

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    DIII-D Scientists Develop Technology to Improve Feasibility of Fusion Reactors

    Scientists at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility have taken a step toward advancing fusion energy to a practical reality with a technology that enables more effective cooling of fusion plasmas, reducing the risk of damage to the interior walls of fusion tokamaks. The development is known as a small angle slot (SAS) divertor.

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    DIII-D Scientists Pinpoint Mechanism Responsible for Wall Erosion in Fusion Devices

    Scientists at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility (DIII-D) have found the mechanism responsible for enhanced erosion of the inner walls of fusion tokamaks, potentially solving a significant challenge to the viability of future fusion reactors. 

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    General Atomics Researcher Honored for Career Achievement in Fusion Science

    The Fusion Power Associates Board of Directors has selected Dr. Edward (Ted) Strait to receive its Distinguished Career Award for his contributions to fusion science and advancing the performance of fusion plasmas.

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    General Atomics Orbital Test Bed Satellite Successfully Launched and Deployed

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that its Orbital Test Bed (OTB) satellite was successfully launched on-board the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral.

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    Recent Breakthrough on DIII-D Enables Major Step Toward Economical Fusion Energy

    It’s called “Super-H Mode,” and it could mean a dramatic reduction in the cost and size of future fusion reactors. Experiments exploring a new advanced operating mode for fusion reactors that could represent a major step toward realizing a nearly limitless source of carbon-free energy. 

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    GA-ASI Supports ATC Demonstration

    “This simulated MALE RPA flight operating under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) was actively managed by civil ATCOs, dealing with every conceivable contingency scenario,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “This demonstration helps show the Air Traffic Management community that flying large RPA in civil airspace can be as safe as managing a commercial manned aircraft, when the RPAS is properly designed.”

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    I2C Makes Situational Awareness More Affordable Using Automation & UX-Based Design

    The new Integrated Intelligence Center (I2C) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) presents innovative ways to improve the user experience for operators of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) using automation and user experience-based design (UX).

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    SkyGuardian Surpasses 100 Test Flights

    The MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – designed and developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) – has now flown more than 100 test flights as development continues towards its first delivery to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as part of the Protector RG Mk1 programme.

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    Three Finalists Selected Following GA-ASI's Blue Magic Belgium Event

    Three finalists have been selected from GA-ASI’s Blue Magic Belgium event with the goal of supporting GA-ASI and the development of MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for Belgium. The three Belgian companies selected are AIRobot, ALX Systems, and Hexagon.

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    Team SkyGuardian Canada Looking to Grow

    Team SkyGuardian presents Canadian industry with business opportunities in the Canadian RPAS Project and across the global fleet of more than 400 MQ-9 aircraft flying throughout the world. To facilitate the Team’s growth, GA-ASI and Team SkyGuardian will engage industry across all regions of Canada through industry events.

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    GA-ASI Integrating L3 WESCAM’s MX™-20 onto Multiple Platforms as Part of Team SkyGuardian Canada

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) are integrating WESCAM’s MX™-20 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging system onto the SkyGuardian RPAS, as well as the MQ-9 Reaper that is currently being operated by several NATO countries.

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    General Atomics Orbital Test Bed Satellite Arrives at Cape Canaveral

    “This will be our first OTB satellite launch, and we are extremely excited to be delivering new technology demonstrations into orbit that will help drive future space exploration,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

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    DIII-D National Fusion Program Completes Year-Long Facility Upgrade

    The new technologies installed during the 11-month upgrade will play a key role in developing the scientific basis for fusion as a reliable and nearly limitless energy source. When experiments restart in early June, researchers will converge on San Diego to use these tools to optimize the performance of fusion plasmas and help bring practical fusion energy closer to realization.

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    19 Companies to Present Capabilities at GA-ASI’s Blue Magic Belgium

    “We look forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of Belgium’s most innovative companies,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “We’re committed to providing the best RPA to Belgian Defense and all NATO countries. To support that effort, we’re identifying and establishing relationships with companies across Belgium that can assist us.”

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    AIAA Recognizes Outstanding GA-ASI Employees

    Chris Dusseault, Claudia Mowery and Brandon Suarez of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) were honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with awards for outstanding contributions to aerospace

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    General Atomics Completes Fabrication of First ITER Central Solenoid Module

    A critical milestone was reached this month when General Atomics (GA) completed fabrication of the first of six modules that will make up the ITER Central Solenoid. Operation of the magnet will enable ITER to create and sustain fusion on a scale unprecedented on earth by providing 15 million amperes of plasma current.

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    71 GA-ASI Suppliers Recognized with Supplier Excellence Awards

    “GA-ASI’s success is based largely on our highly skilled and dependable supply chain,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “We’d like to thank all our suppliers for their dedicated service and commitment to excellence, especially the 71 companies we recognized with this year’s awards.”

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    Army Concludes New Equipment Training for Gray Eagle Extended Range

    The training covered new maintenance procedures, manuals and ground support equipment associated with the MQ-1C ER, which is a new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI).

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    Gray Eagle Model Featured in New Army Museum

    The model was donated by Gray Eagle developer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and follows the $50,000 cash donation the company pledged to the Museum in 2018. The NMUSA is being readied for its official public opening in 2020.

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    General Atomics Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Tesat-Spacecom

    SAN DIEGO, CA, 09 APRIL 2019 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) and Tesat-Spacecom GmbH& Co. KG, Germany announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly develop certified Space-based Laser Communication Terminals (SB-LCT) to support U.S. defense and intelligence applications.

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    Certifiable Ground Control Station Controls First End-To-End Flight

    The Certifiable Ground Control Station (CGCS) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) was used to control the complete flight of an MQ-9B SkyGuardian – including takeoff and landing – on March 12th. This is the first time the CGCS has been used to control an entire end-to-end flight of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

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    General Atomics Featuring New Satellite Solutions at 35th Space Symposium

    “This is a very exciting time for us, as we anticipate the imminent launch of our first OTB spacecraft on the next Falcon Heavy, which will deliver multiple payloads, including the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Deep Space Atomic Clock, to low Earth orbit,” added Nick Bucci, vice president of Missile Defense and Space Systems at GA-EMS.

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    General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear System Successfully Completes Barricade Arrestment Test

    Marking a critical testing milestone in qualifying the AAG system for barricade use on board Ford-class aircraft carriers. This is the first such test event performed by NAVAIR in more than 20 years.

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    GA-ASI Breaks Ground On New Hangar In El Mirage

    The new facility in the high desert of southern California will be close to 150,000 square feet and be used to house and test GA-ASI’s latest Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) variant, the MQ-9B SkyGuardian.

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    GA-ASI Hosts Business Outreach Events for Belgium Companies

    The goal of the events – called “Blue Magic Belgium” – is to increase the number of Belgian technology companies that can provide research and development (R&D) and innovation to support GA-ASI. This outreach effort follows the Government of Belgium’s selection of GA-ASI’s SkyGuardian to meet the RPA requirements of Belgian Defense.

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    GA-ASI Part of Aviation Week Laureate Award Winning Team

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and its teammates NASA, the FAA and Honeywell were honored for best achievement of 2018 in the category of Commercial Aviation-Unmanned Systems. The team was recognized for conducting the first FAA-approved, no chase plane required, flight of a large Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

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    General Atomics Successfully Demonstrates Aluminum Power System To Power Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle

    “This demonstration marks a major milestone for us, illustrating for the first time that ALPS can be successfully integrated to supply hydrogen and oxygen to fuel cells to generate electrical power and drive an underwater vehicle,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

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    US Air Force Surpasses 4 Million Flight Hours Using GA-ASI Aircraft

    “We are proud that our fleet of MQ-1 and MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems have supported the U.S. Air Force for more than four million flight hours,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “It’s another milestone in the distinguished history of the USAF and GA-ASI.

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    Sankhya and GA-ASI Collaborate on Simulation and Training for India

    “GA-ASI looks forward to this collaboration with Indian industry,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. GA-ASI anticipates working with Sankhya to provide simulation and training technology in compliance with global standards, and to deliver cutting-edge training to pilots, sensor operators, and maintenance crew. 

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    New Block 50 Ground Control Station Flies MQ-9 Reaper

    The Block 50 GCS cockpit for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) is designed with improved capabilities through an optimized Human Machine Interface (HMI) that significantly enhances aircrew situational awareness and allows for single seat operations. 

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    Air 7003 Team Reaper Australia Takes Shape

    “We’ve brought together a world-class group of companies that make up Team Reaper Australia, and the team continues to grow,” said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. “Following the Australian Government’s selection of GA-ASI to provide the Armed RPAS, Team Reaper Australia activity has increased significantly and all team members are committed to supporting ADF requirements.”

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    GA-ASI Continues Ontime Development of MQ-9B

    The Royal Air Force (RAF) is acquiring SkyGuardian as part of its Protector RG Mk1 program and is scheduled for first delivery in the early 2020s. Belgium also selected SkyGuardian for its defense needs. The RPA is being considered as an option for the Australian Defence Force, who chose GA-ASI to supply the RPA system for Project Air 7003.

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    GA-ASI Demonstrates SATCOM Launch & Recovery for MQ-9B Using Expeditionary Command & Control (XC2)

    “Using a portable laptop computer in conjunction with SATCOM taxi and Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability is a game-changer for our customers,” said David R. Alexander, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI.

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    GA-ASI and Raytheon Deutschland Prove New Digital Sensor

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH have successfully proven the performance of a recently developed Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) sensor called the Advanced Radar Detection System (ARDS).

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    General Atomics Awarded Contract for Prototype LiFT Battery System for LDUUV

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Advanced Technology International (ATI) to develop and demonstrate a prototype Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery system for the U.S. Navy

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    GA-ASI Hosts Industry Showcase Highlighting UK Partners

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) hosted an Industry Showcase today to recognize UK companies that are contributing to operational systems such as MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle, and the new MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA program. The Royal Air Force (RAF) MQ-9B variant is called Protector RG Mk1.

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    GA-ASI Builds Industrial Collaboration Team in Belgium for MQ-9B SkyGuardian

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced today that it has teamed with five Belgium-based businesses as part of an industrial collaboration effort with the Belgian aerospace and defense industry. Team SkyGuardian Belgium includes GA-ASI, SABCA, Thales Belgium, Esterline, DronePort, and satellite communication technology company Newtec.

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    General Atomics Awarded Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Hosted Payload Solutions Satellite Delivery Order

    GA-EMS will launch a 110 kg Orbital Test Bed (OTB) satellite and integrate the Argos A-DCS payload which will be provided by the French Space Agency. The SMC HoPS program is designed to facilitate the placement of government payloads aboard commercial satellites.