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GA-ASI Successfully Tests Air-to-space Laser Communication System

San Diego - 20 February 2020 - 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). GA-ASI conducted the test with Tesat-Spacecom (TESAT), the leader of space-based laser communication (lasercom), using their GEO Laser Communication...

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GA-ASI Begins MDO Demonstrations Using Gray Eagle ER
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GA-ASI Begins MDO Demonstrations Using Gray Eagle ER

SAN DIEGO – 21 January 2020 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) on November 19, 2019 completed the first in a series of internally-funded Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) demonstrations using a company-owned Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The flight series will continue in 2020 and show that a GE-ER equipped with long-range sensors and...

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GA-ASI'S Predator Series Aircraft Pass Six Million Flight Hours RPA Sets Industry Record Providing Mission Support for Customers Worldwide
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GA-ASI'S Predator Series Aircraft Pass Six Million Flight Hours RPA Sets Industry Record Providing Mission Support for Customers Worldwide

San Diego – 04 November 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that its Predator®-series of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), which includes the Predator, Predator B, Gray Eagle, Avenger® and MQ-9B SkyGuardian® lines, has surpassed six million flight hours. The milestone was achieved on October 31, 2019 with GA-ASI aircraft having completed 430,495...

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

Provides Crucial In-Theater Support and Proof of Concept for MUX SAN DIEGO – 12 September 2019 – Over the last year, 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. A major component of the squadron’s accomplishments included use...

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GA-ASI'S PREDATOR A RPA TURNS 25
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GA-ASI'S PREDATOR A RPA TURNS 25

SAN DIEGO – 17 July 2019 – 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, marks the 25th anniversary of its Predator A unmanned aircraft this month. Predator A completed its first flight in July 1994 and made its operational debut in 1995. More than...

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SkyGuardian Surpasses 100 Test Flights
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SkyGuardian Surpasses 100 Test Flights

New GA-ASI RPA Continues On-time Development towards First Delivery in Early 2020s Paris – 16 June 2019 – 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...

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

OTTAWA – 29 May 2019 – As members of Team SkyGuardian Canada and supporters of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) for Canada’s RPAS Project, L3 WESCAM and 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...

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

San Diego – 09 April 2019 – 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). “Controlling takeoff...

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New Block 50 Ground Control Station Flies MQ-9 Reaper
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New Block 50 Ground Control Station Flies MQ-9 Reaper

San Diego – 26 February 2019 – The U.S. Air Force’s new Block 50 Ground Control Station (GCS) – developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) – for the first time controlled an MQ-9 Reaper® on January 8th from the GA-ASI Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif. The Block 50 GCS cockpit for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) is designed with...

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Communication Systems & Equipment

GA-ASI Successfully Tests Air-to-space Laser Communication System

San Diego - 20 February 2020 - 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). GA-ASI conducted the test with Tesat-Spacecom (TESAT), the leader of space-based laser communication (lasercom), using their GEO Laser Communication...

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

Second Demo Focused on Long-Range Sensors, Targeting and Air Launched Effects San Diego - 19 February 2020 - On January 30th, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) showcased an impressive suite of long range sensors on its Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) during flight operations at Yuma Proving Grounds. The second in a series of demonstrations,...

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GA-ASI Begins MDO Demonstrations Using Gray Eagle ER
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GA-ASI Begins MDO Demonstrations Using Gray Eagle ER

SAN DIEGO – 21 January 2020 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) on November 19, 2019 completed the first in a series of internally-funded Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) demonstrations using a company-owned Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The flight series will continue in 2020 and show that a GE-ER equipped with long-range sensors and...

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GA-ASI Awards Gray Eagle ER Modernization Contracts

Enhancements to Avionics, Datalinks and Software Will Increase Performance San Diego –12 December 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has teamed with the U.S. Army to enhance the capabilities and survivability of the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Army awarded GA-ASI multiple contracts to upgrade the Gray Eagle...

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GA-ASI Begins Demonstration Flights in Greece

European Countries Get First-Hand Look at Maritime Surveillance and Detect and Avoid Capabilities of GA-ASI RPA LARISSA AIR BASE – 10 December 2019 – Today General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (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...

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

San Diego – 04 December 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), the world’s leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), has been advised that the Australian Government has selected GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian® variant to provide the Armed RPAS for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under Project Air 7003. This follows the Government’s...

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GA-ASI Assists California Air National Guard with Fire Season

SAN DIEGO – 25 November 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is supporting the California Air National Guard (CA ANG) as they provide real-time reconnaissance for California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) firefighting operations in Southern California. CA ANG’s 163rd Attack Wing routinely performs aerial reconnaissance for firefighting...

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GA-ASI Demonstrates Small Glide Munition Launched from Gray Eagle ER GE-ER's Altitude Enables Longer Strike Range for SGMs

San Diego – 21 November 2019 – A U.S. Army MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) performed a flight demonstration using a Dynetics GBU-69B Small Glide Munition (SGM) on August 21-22. The SGM is a lightweight munition with increased effective range. “The GE-ER operates at an altitude...

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GA-ASI to Conduct Series of Capability Demonstrations in Europe

Working with HAF to Showcase Maritime Surveillance and Airspace Integration for RPA SAN DIEGO / LARISSA AIR BASE – 11 November 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), 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...

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GA-ASI'S Predator Series Aircraft Pass Six Million Flight Hours RPA Sets Industry Record Providing Mission Support for Customers Worldwide
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GA-ASI'S Predator Series Aircraft Pass Six Million Flight Hours RPA Sets Industry Record Providing Mission Support for Customers Worldwide

San Diego – 04 November 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that its Predator®-series of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), which includes the Predator, Predator B, Gray Eagle, Avenger® and MQ-9B SkyGuardian® lines, has surpassed six million flight hours. The milestone was achieved on October 31, 2019 with GA-ASI aircraft having completed 430,495...

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