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AeroVironment’s EV Charging Systems Featured on CBS Evening News.

May 09, 2009

AeroVironment's EV Charging Systems featured on CBS Evening News segment regarding "Green Technology and Economic Growth."

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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty Announces Partnership with Nissan North America and AeroVironment

May 07, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- Mayor Fenty along with District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein, other District officials, and senior representatives from leading automotive company, Nissan North America, and AeroVironment, an industry expert in battery and charging systems, announced today a partnership that could bring hundreds of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and charging stations to the District.   -> View More

An Aged Electric Grid Looks to a Brighter Future

April 27, 2009

The nation's electricity grid is facing some huge challenges - it's outdated and unprepared for increasing demand and a future that includes more renewable sources of energy. In a weeklong series, NPR is examining the state of the nation's electricity infrastructure.

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Visualizing the Grid

April 27, 2009

The U.S. electric grid is a complex network of independently owned and operated power plants and transmission lines. Aging infrastructure, combined with a rise in domestic electricity consumption, has forced experts to critically examine the status and health of the nation's electrical systems.

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Military Embraces Green Energy

April 26, 2009
Reporting from Ft. Irwin, Calif. - Inside a futuristic-looking dome that rises from the sandy wasteland of the high Mojave Desert, soldiers in plywood cubicles work at computers powered by solar panels and a towering wind turbine. Plug-in cars shuttle the troops across the vast expanses here at Ft. Irwin in San Bernardino County. At night, tents lined with insulating foam provide a cool retreat at the end of a 100-degree day.   -> View More

The ‘Eye in the Sky’ Keeps Soldiers Out of Harm’s Way

April 25, 2009
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Kirkuk, Iraq - A group of insurgents wait in the dark to ambush a convoy. They sit patiently, eager, having planned the attack and thinking they know what to expect. A few minutes pass and then - suddenly - they are inexplicably blinded by spotlights as Soldiers seemingly from nowhere take advantage of their disorientation and safely disarm them. There was one thing that the attackers did not consider; the "eye in sky" that can see in the dark.   -> View More

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TALES OF THE TAPE: Unmanned Planes Fuel AeroVironment Growth

April 21, 2009

CHICAGO (Dow Jones)-With a corner on the U.S. defense market for very small, unmanned aircraft and new clean energy technology in the pipeline, AeroVironment, Inc.'s (AVAV) chairman and chief executive, Timothy Conver, expects the company to find continued opportunities for revenue growth. Conver said Secretary Robert Gates's strategy at the U.S. Department of Defense, to offer greater support to current armed forces, plays into AeroVironment's strength.

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Learning green: Manufacturers go eco?

April 16, 2009
When we look out across the business landscape today, we can see a number of things looming that might make profitability difficult. A contracting economy is right up top as a primary concern, and that makes every new decision increasingly important. A wrong step is magnified when times are tough. So what are we to make of "Green Business"? It's a concept bouncing around the media and the internet that purports to improve the efficiency of workplace operations while minimizing the impact of productivity on the local (and some say "global") environment.   -> View More

Unmanned Plane to Inspect Inland Powerlines - ABC Online (Australia)

April 15, 2009
Ergon Energy and the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace (ARCA) are studying the feasibility of using UAS instead of manned helicopters to inspect Queensland's inland electricity network. ARCA Director Rod Walker says his organization has already used UAS in the past to check powerlines between Wondai and Murgon in the South Burnett. "It all comes down to cost benefit-what UAVs can do is fly for extremely long periods of time...They can fly at quite low altitudes-lower than you want to routinely fly in a fixed-wing aeroplane."   -> View More

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AeroVironment Featured in CNN’s “Edge of Discovery” Series

April 03, 2009

Cameras with Wings They look like remote-controlled airplanes, but they provide the military with eyes in the sky.

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