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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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GA-ASI Unmanned Aircraft Selected by Belgium
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GA-ASI Unmanned Aircraft Selected by Belgium

BRUSSELS – 19 November 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has been notified that the Government of Belgium has approved Belgian Defense to begin negotiations with the U.S. Government to acquire the MQ-9B SkyGuardian Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). “We look forward to providing our unmanned aircraft systems to meet Belgium’s mission requirements, while also...

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GA-ASI Completes FOT&E for Gray Eagle Extended Range
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GA-ASI Completes FOT&E for Gray Eagle Extended Range

SAN DIEGO – 08 October 2018 – Partnered with the U.S. Army, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) recently completed Follow-On Test & Evaluation (FOT&E) for its MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range. Testing of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) began in early June and spanned 644 flight hours during the testing period. The successful test opens the door for MQ-1C ER initial...

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Second MQ-9B SkyGuardian Completes First Flight
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Second MQ-9B SkyGuardian Completes First Flight

SAN DIEGO – 02 October 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) completed the first flight of its second MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) (YBC02) aircraft on September 26. The flight of the company-owned aircraft was conducted at Laguna Army Airfield in Yuma Proving Grounds. “We’re very pleased to have our second MQ-9B aircraft completed and...

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USAF Completes First Auto-Land Using MQ-9 Block 5
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USAF Completes First Auto-Land Using MQ-9 Block 5

Signals USAF’s Move Towards Increased Flight Automation for RPA SAN DIEGO – 17 September 2018 – On August 7, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) completed the first-ever automated landing of an MQ-9 Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), followed by the first auto-takeoff on August 9. The new Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) was developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems,...

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