AeroVironment, Inc. is a leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Electric Vehicle Charging Systems, and Power Cycling & Test Systems.40 Years of Human Power™
1977: Gossamer Condor

1977: Gossamer Condor

Won the Kremer prize for the first human-powered aircraft capable of a controlled and sustained flight.
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1979: Gossamer Albatross

1979: Gossamer Albatross

First human-powered flight across the English Channel.
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1981: Solar Challenger

1981: Solar Challenger

World record for highest, farthest, longest solar powered manned flight.
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1985: QN

1985: QN

Featured in the National Air & Space Museum’s IMAX film, “On the Wing.”

1986: Pointer

1986: Pointer

First man-portable unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

1987: Sunraycer

1987: Sunraycer

Won the first World Solar Challenge race.
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1989: General Motors Impact

1989: General Motors Impact

AV proposed and developed the world’s first modern on-road electric car for GM.

1999: Industrial Rapid Charger

1999: Industrial Rapid Charger

First high-efficiency industrial rapid charger developed for the US Air Force.

2001: Helios

2001: Helios

Soared to 96,863 ft and became the world’s highest flying airplane.

2003: Dragon Eye

2003: Dragon Eye

First US military small UAS Program of Record.
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2004: Winner, World Wide Tech Award

2004: Winner, World Wide Tech Award

Electric Vehicle Test Systems won the World Wide Technology Award.

2005: Small UAS

2005: Small UAS

First to deploy 1000s of rucksack portable UAVs to US Forces in a single year.

2005: PosiCharge

2005: PosiCharge

First fast charger to support an enterprise-wide Fortune 500 implementation.

2005: Ironless Motor

2005: Ironless Motor

Highest torque-to-weight ratio in the world.

2005: Global Observer

2005: Global Observer

Worlds first liquid hydrogen powered UAS.

2006: Pathfinder/Pathfinder Plus

2006: Pathfinder/Pathfinder Plus

Pioneering solar platform for “Eternal Flight UAS.”
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2007: Wasp Micro Air Vehicle

2007: Wasp Micro Air Vehicle

AV’s smallest production UAS.

2008: Fuel Cell Puma UAS

2008: Fuel Cell Puma UAS

Achieves record 9-hour flight powered by a fuel cell battery hybrid system.

2009: Digital Data Link

2009: Digital Data Link

A small, wireless broadband link that expands the communications capabilities of SUAS.

2010: Global Observer UAS

2010: Global Observer UAS

Successfully completes first flight.

2011: Nano Hummingbird UAS

2011: Nano Hummingbird UAS

AV develops world’s first fully operational life-size Hummingbird-like unmanned aircraft for DARPA.



An innate energy exists within us all, but it’s been our power to transform our energies into innovative, real-world solutions that has defined and differentiated our people and our company from the start.  Solutions that anticipate life.  Solutions that improve life.

It was on an August morning in 1977 that an amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot climbed into the gondola of the Gossamer Condor and began to pedal.  Designed and built by one of Time Magazine’s “greatest minds of the 20th Century,” AeroVironment founder Dr. Paul MacCready, the experimental aircraft did something no other human-powered aircraft had ever done.  It performed a controlled flight. But while human legs powered the Gossamer Condor off the ground, it was a different kind of human power-our very Human Power™ to imagine the impossible and do it-that made that plane truly soar. 


Since our beginnings in 1971, we realized that securing the future would require more than clean power to drive our transportation needs, protect our infrastructure and sustain our resources; it would require that inexhaustible power...human power. Indeed, from building the world's first effective human-powered and solar powered airplanes to developing the world's first modern passenger electric car, that same pioneering spirit that inspired the late Paul MacCready has impassioned a whole new generation of AeroVironment innovators.

Today, whether we are empowering the 21st Century warfighter with our integrated and interoperable family of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or the 21st Century commuter with our home and public electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, human power gives us the vision, persistence, passion, agility and speed to meet our customers' continuously evolving needs and transform their lives.

As a result, our growing family of products and services are more than just that, they are truly different and remarkable solutions, critical for the well being of our nation and our society. Our small UAS provide cost-effective, reliable situational awareness that gives our armed forces and our allies the power to reconnoiter and even target the dangers ahead. While our practical and comprehensive EV charging solutions, like home chargers and fast chargers, are paving the way for a safer, cleaner and brighter world.

At AeroVironment, it's the power to protect and serve...to charge and go...to innovate and transform. But most of all, it's 40+ years of Human Power and it's giving our customers the power to win.

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