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

San Diego – 15 February 2019 – On December 4, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) demonstrated a complete MQ-9B mission without the use of a Launch and Recovery Element (LRE) Ground Control Station (GCS). Specifically, preflight checks were conducted through engine start using only the Expeditionary Command & Control (XC2) portable laptop, and subsequently, the aircraft...

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USSOCOM Increases Value of MALET Contract for GA-ASI Aircraft

SAN DIEGO – 14 October 2019 – The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has increased the ceiling on its contract to support modifications and capability enhancements to its Medium-altitude, Long-endurance Tactical (MALET) 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...

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

SAN DIEGO – 07 October 2019 – 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). The objective of the demonstration, scheduled for 2020, is to tackle key challenges that prevent routine...

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General Atomics Wins AFA Citation of Honor

SAN DIEGO – 16 September 2019 – The Air Force Association (AFA) awarded General Atomics (GA) with the Citation of Honor on September 16th. 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. The award was presented to GA-ASI...

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GA-ASI to Demonstrate Agile Condor Capability for USAF

SAN DIEGO – 16 September 2019 – 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...

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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 and Uk Mod Sign Test and Evaluation Contract for Protector

San Diego – 11 September 2019 – GA-ASI has signed a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to complete the test and evaluation activities required to certify the Protector RG Mk1 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system to fly in civil airspace. The DCS contract also funds additional Protector programme elements, including X-band SATCOM system...

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Four Additional Belgian Companies Join Team Skyguardian

San Diego – 29 August 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optic and related mission systems, announced today that four more Belgium-based businesses have been selected to join five previously identified companies to support the development of MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA for Belgium....

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

GBSAA COA Decreases Cost of RPA Flight Operations GRAND FORKS – 27 August 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations by utilizing a Ground-based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA) system.The GBSAA system provides an alternative...

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Raf Sees Demo of New Protector Capabilites Demonstration Highlights CGCS, P3E, Mission Intel Station and Certifiability

San Diego – 22 August 2019 – On August 16th, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) gave a flight demonstration to Royal Air Force (RAF) senior leadership and RAF Reaper operators, as well as guests from the U.S. Marine Corp. and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The flight showcased MQ-9B SkyGuardian – GA-ASI’s development RPA that the RAF’s new Protector RG Mk1 is...

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

San Diego – 19 July 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has reaffirmed its collaboration with Cobham Aviation Services UK for through-life support strategies for the Protector RG Mk1 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). First delivery of the GA-ASI-developed RPA to the Royal Air Force (RAF) is expected in the early 2020s. Cobham has been providing technical and...

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