Won the Kremer prize for the first human-powered aircraft capable of a controlled and sustained flight.
First human-powered flight across the English Channel.
World record for highest, farthest, longest solar powered manned flight.
Featured in the National Air & Space Museum’s IMAX film, “On the Wing.”
First man-portable unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
Won the first World Solar Challenge race.
AV proposed and developed the world’s first modern on-road electric car for GM.
First high-efficiency industrial rapid charger developed for the US Air Force.
Soared to 96,863 ft and became the world’s highest flying airplane.
First US military small UAS Program of Record.
Electric Vehicle Test Systems won the World Wide Technology Award.
First to deploy 1000s of rucksack portable UAVs to US Forces in a single year.
First fast charger to support an enterprise-wide Fortune 500 implementation.
Highest torque-to-weight ratio in the world.
Worlds first liquid hydrogen powered UAS.
Pioneering solar platform for “Eternal Flight UAS.”
AV’s smallest production UAS.
Achieves record 9-hour flight powered by a fuel cell battery hybrid system.
A small, wireless broadband link that expands the communications capabilities of SUAS.
Successfully completes first flight.
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.
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.