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EnerDel To Deploy AV’s Advanced Electric Vehicle Power Cycling And Test Systems At Indiana Facility

November 30, 2009
MONROVIA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2009 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel, a subsidiary of Ener1, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEV), will be using a portion of its recent federal stimulus grant to purchase eight AV advanced electric vehicle power cycling and test systems.   -> View More

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Army to Expand Raven Family of Unmanned Aircraft

November 17, 2009

Soldiers like the Raven unmanned aircraft - the smallest in the Army's inventory - because they can lug it around in a rucksack and launch it into the air by hand. Ground commanders now want the flexibility to fly the system higher and for longer periods.

Officials at the Army's unmanned aircraft systems program are proposing a new concept for the Raven. They are looking to expand it into a set of Ravens of three different sizes, says Col. Gregory Gonzalez, project manager of the UAS program. One would be smaller than the current Raven, the other would be larger to give troops more options.

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Electric-Car Target of 200 Million Urged by Nissan, FedEx

November 16, 2009

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Electric vehicles should provide three-fourths of U.S. driving needs by 2040, with oil imports effectively "reduced to zero," executives from companies including Nissan Motor Co., PG&E Corp. and FedEx Corp. said.

Meeting the goal for more than 200 million electric vehicles would require $130 billion in spending on efforts such as building battery-charging stations, according to a report today by the Electrification Coalition, a Washington-based group led by transportation and energy industry executives.

"Heavy reliance on petroleum has created unsustainable risks to American economic and national security," the group said. "Electrified transportation has clear advantages."

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U.S. Army + U.S.A.F. Urgently Need More UAV Pilots

November 12, 2009

While the U.S. Air Force struggles to train 400 UAV operators a year, the U.S. Army is training 1,400, and is increasing that to 2,300 by next year. Most of the army operators use the small (five pound) Raven UAV, which provides platoons, companies, and vehicle convoys with aerial reconnaissance. Interestingly, UAV operators spend about 1,200 hours a year controlling UAVs in the air, versus 450 hours for army helicopter pilots and even less for air force pilots in the combat zone. Most army UAV operators are enlisted troops, while all USAF operators are officers. The Raven training lasts approximately 80 hours, but this tiny UAV was designed for ease of use. It takes about five times longer to train operators for larger UAVs such as the Shadow and Predator.

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Companies in Electric Transportation Value Chain to Form Electrification Coalition

November 11, 2009

Business leaders representing the entire value chain of an electrified transportation system will hold a press conference on Monday, 16 November to announce the formation of the Electrification Coalition and the release of its Electrification Roadmap, a report outlining a vision for the deployment of electric vehicles and infrastructure on a mass scale.

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AV Test Systems Support EV Development

November 11, 2009

FEV grows its EV and hybrid expertise to develop tomorrow's electrified powertrains.

In the last 12 months we have developed, or helped develop, 10 different alternative powered vehicles, either electric, range-extended, or hybrid vehicles," said Dr. Jochem Wolschendorf, Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Vehicle and Drivetrain Engineering for FEV.

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Army To Field Upgraded Raven UAV In December

November 04, 2009

When a commander in the war zone needs a bird's eye view, it often means grabbing a nearby rucksack and releasing a small unmanned aerial vehicle dubbed the Raven.

Tossed to the skies and controlled from the ground, soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are using the UAV for overhead observation.

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AeroVironment’s Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft System Receives Military Aircraft Type-Classification

November 03, 2009
AeroVironment's Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft System Receives Military Aircraft Type-Classification Certificate from the Netherlands Military Aviation Authority Certification Permits Operation of Raven in Dutch National Airspace by the Military

MONROVIA, Calif., Nov. 3, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that the Military Aviation Authority of the Netherlands (MLA-NLD) has issued a Military Type Certificate (MTC) for the Raven® B NLD MUAS, the first such certificate issued in the Netherlands in the Micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle category. This certificate permits Dutch military personnel to operate Raven systems in designated Dutch airspace.   -> View More

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Hear the BBC World Service Tell The Story Of The Sunraycer Solar-Powered Race Car

November 03, 2009

Witness Solar Powered Cars

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Forbes.com The 200 Best Small Companies

October 27, 2009
Behind the numbers of this year's best small companies. Small fry got smacked hard in year two of the Great Recession: 42% of the companies in the Russell 2000 small-company index lost money in the last 12 months, versus 22% for those in the S&P 500. Still, enough winners emerged to ease the sector's overall pain. The Russell was up 8%, the S&P 6%.   -> View More

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