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Firms Vie For Share Of Growing Unmanned Plane Market

August 12, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq may slow sales of some unmanned aerial vehicles after years of exponential growth, but demand from civilian agencies and foreign countries will underpin the market for years to come, industry and defense officials said on Tuesday.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Awarded U.S. Patent For Electric Vehicle Energy Data Management And Control

August 10, 2009
Web-based System Solution for Industrial and Passenger Electric Vehicle Battery Optimization

MONROVIA, Calif., Aug. 10, 2009 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for technology that facilitates the optimal charging, management, control and maintenance of battery packs, chargers and electric vehicles (EVs). Patent No. 7,444,192 builds on AV's intellectual property portfolio in its Efficient Energy Systems business segment. This segment's products include PosiCharge® systems, the leading fast charge systems for electric vehicles.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Featured on Engineering TV

August 10, 2009
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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment’s Nano Air Vehicle Featured on G4TV

August 05, 2009

Real Flying Saucers, Supersonic Fighters, and Battle Birds

Sometimes the things we see in action movies are real. No, really! Check out these actual military forces like a flying saucer prototype, the supersonic F35C Lightning II stealth fighter and a nano air vehicle modeled after a hummingbird. Don't get any crazy ideas about becoming a movie action hero.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Delivers Near-Megawatt Scale Electric Vehicle Test System to Department of Defense for Advanced Vehicle Testing

August 04, 2009
Delivery of "AV-800" Marks the Introduction of 800 Kilowatt Testing Solution

MONROVIA, Calif., Aug 4, 2009 --" AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) delivered its first AV-800 , a high-power, heavy-duty, near-megawatt scale electric vehicle (EV) test system to the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Michigan for advanced vehicle testing.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AV Featured in the LA Business Journal - These Firms Keep Things Interesting

August 04, 2009
I was thumbing through Forbes magazine a few weeks ago, and came across an article about AeroVironment Inc. The story was about how the Monrovia company is developing an explosive so it can add a lethal punch to its little drone aircraft that are popular with American soldiers in Afghanistan.   -> View More

Drone Aircraft Market Surges In U.S.

July 30, 2009

The U.S. Air Force on July 23 released a report detailing the potential future use of unmanned drones as bombers, cargo transports and in attacking "swarms." The market for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has surged over the last decade, driven by proven operational successes in Iraq and Afghanistan and by Israel's extensive usage. The total UAS market (air vehicles, ground control equipment and payloads) is expected to be worth $55 billion through 2020.

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How Robot Drones Revolutionized The Face Of Warfare

July 24, 2009

Barely an hour's drive from the casinos of Las Vegas, a group of unassuming buildings have become as important as the trenches were to WWI. The big difference? Today's warriors are fighting without getting in harm's way, using drones to attack targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Fast-Charging EVs: Time to Get Down to Business

July 24, 2009

You may never have heard of California-based AeroVironment (founded in 1971), but it?s the company that brought you the first version of the General Motors EV-1, and a whole host of ultra-cool sun-powered lightweight racers, including the Solar Challenger and the Sunraycer.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

UAV Ravens Keep An Eye In Iraqi Skies

July 23, 2009

KIRKUK - Launching an unmanned aircraft by throwing it in the air really hard might not sound too technologically advanced, but with surveillance equipment and auto navigational systems on board, these easily-deployable UAVs can be the difference between life and death on the battlefields of Iraq.

This aircraft, known as a "Raven," is operated by two Soldiers here with the 1st Cavalry Division, who use it as an "eye in the sky" around the base.

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