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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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Portable Folding Drone Offers Up to 33 Minutes of Flight Time
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Portable Folding Drone Offers Up to 33 Minutes of Flight Time

The Mantis Q drone from Yuneec, Intl. features foldable arms that allow for improved portability. It is controlled via mobile device or remote and offers up to 33 minutes of flight time at speeds up to 44 miles per hour. New features also include voice control, facial detection, an integrated camera, and the capacity for both indoor and outdoor flight. The Mantis Q is ideal for adventurers,...

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Bastille Day Security Enhanced by MQ-9 Reaper
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Bastille Day Security Enhanced by MQ-9 Reaper

SAN DIEGO – 07 August 2018 – The French Air Force operated two of its MQ-9 Reapers® simultaneously in support of France’s Bastille Day events, one over Paris and the second over Cognac, on July 14th. The “French Reapers,” Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), assisted French authorities by providing airborne surveillance over...

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GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25
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GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25

Successful Validation of Arresting Hook Performance for Carrier Launch and Recovery SAN DIEGO – 23 July 2018 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) concluded performance testing of the arresting hook Hold Down Damper (HDD) for its proposed MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling aircraft for the U.S. Navy. GA-ASI worked in collaboration with a team from GKN Aerospace’s Fokker...

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MQ-9B Provisioned for GPS and Galileo Satellite Navigation Systems
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MQ-9B Provisioned for GPS and Galileo Satellite Navigation Systems

FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW – 16 June 2018 – In an effort to increase flexibility for its customers throughout the world, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) announced today that MQ-9B will be able to utilize both the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and European Galileo satellite constellation for its navigation systems. The baseline MQ-9B was originally designed to include...

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New DJI M200 Series Drone Offers Structurally-Detailed Thermal Imagery
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New DJI M200 Series Drone Offers Structurally-Detailed Thermal Imagery

DJI M200 Series Drone is equipped with dual Zenmuse XT and Zenmuse X4S cameras. The unit allows user to inspect buildings, structures and utilities, map solar arrays and monitor concrete curing. The images captured by the cameras are automatically uploaded to cloud. DJI M200 enables Site Scan user to either fly single autonomous surveys or fly manually and tap any part of their iPad screen to...

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GA-ASI SkyGuardian Completes First Trans-Atlantic Flight of a Male RPA
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GA-ASI SkyGuardian Completes First Trans-Atlantic Flight of a Male RPA

GLOUCESTERSHIRE – 11 July 2018 – Today at 6:51 p.m. (GMT+1) a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK and became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a trans-Atlantic flight. The GA-ASI-owned MQ-9B...

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SkyGuardian Takes off from North Dakota on Trans-Atlantic Flight
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SkyGuardian Takes off from North Dakota on Trans-Atlantic Flight

GA-ASI Making History with First-Time Flight of MALE RPA trans-Atlantic GRAND FORKS – 10 July 2018 – Today at 12:48 p.m. CDT a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) took off from Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA on the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a MALE RPA. GA-ASI’s company-owned...

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