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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

NASA, AeroVironment & SmartC2 Team for Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight UAS Traffic Management Flight Demo

May 03, 2016
  • AeroVironment/SmartC2 solution meets requirements for a small unmanned aircraft system platform with beyond-visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) capabilities and UTM communications interface
  • AeroVironment/SmartC2 team will help NASA prove technologies that support the development and approval of FAA requirements for safe flight and respectful integration of small UAS into the National Airspace
  • Solution comprises AeroVironment’s FAA-certified RQ-20A Puma™ AE and SmartC2’s VirtualAirBoss™ operations infrastructure

NEW ORLEANS (XPONENTIAL 2016), MAY 3, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a world leader in small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced that the company – in partnership with SmartC2, a leading provider of flight business management systems – will team with NASA on its Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Technology Capability Levels (TCL) 2 flight demonstration slated for October 2016.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Unveils Mantis i45 EO/IR Gimbal Payload for Puma AE, Delivering a Dramatic Leap in Small UAS Image Resolution and ISR Capability

May 02, 2016
    • Designed for AeroVironment Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems, Mantis i45 is available for both commercial and military applications
    • Mantis i45 features an advanced suite of sensors, including ultra-high-resolution EO and IR imagers, that takes the guesswork out of tactical ISR
    • Mantis i45 operators see better and farther than ever before, enabling them to make better decisions and perform missions with certainty

    NEW ORLEANS (XPONENTIAL 2016), MAY 2, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a world leader in small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today unveiled its new Mantis i45 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) gimbal payload designed for AeroVironment Puma™ AE (All Environment) small unmanned aircraft systems – for both commercial and military applications. The company made the announcement at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2016 conference and trade show taking place May 2-5 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans (Note to editors: see a demo of the Mantis i45 at AeroVironment’s booth #1525).

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    AeroVironment Completes Development and Begins Production of Switchblade Tactical Missile System Upgrade

    April 28, 2016
    • New digital Switchblade, Block 10C, incorporates AeroVironment Digital Data Link for enhanced communication security and other capabilities
    • Continues evolution of proven Switchblade system to address U.S. Army Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) capability
    • Available for fielding this Spring

    ATLANTA, At Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit, April 28, 2016 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it has developed a block upgrade, designated Block 10C, to its already fielded Switchblade™ Tactical Missile system. The Digital Data Link (DDL) incorporated into Block 10C provides a stable and secure encrypted communication link that enables more efficient use of existing frequency bands and significantly reduces the likelihood of signal interception. Frequency efficiency and secure communications are critical to warfighters in today’s complex operational environment.

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    AeroVironment Announces Leadership Transition Plan

    April 04, 2016

    Tim Conver Announces Retirement as CEO, Effective May 1; Will Continue to Serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif.-  AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Wahid Nawabi, currently president and chief operating officer, as chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective May 2, 2016. Mr. Nawabi succeeds Tim Conver, who will retire as CEO effective May 1, 2016, and remain chairman of the Board.

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    Drones Break the Ice on Antarctic Deep-Freeze Mission [Video]

    March 23, 2016
    A U.S. Coast Guard cutter for the first time used unmanned aircraft to help it navigate the frozen continent’s icy inlet during a crucial summertime mission.   -> View More

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    AeroVironment Focuses on Maritime UAS Ops

    February 15, 2016
    A recent example of maritime UAS operations was a National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center of Excellence for Unmanned Technologies test mission. A team from the California State University Channel Islands was invited to see how the Puma AE works during a test mission on the research vessel R/V Shearwater, sailing from Santa Barbara Harbor in central California to the Santa Barbara Channel.   -> View More

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    QualityLogic Program and Test Tools Used by UL to Test AeroVironment and Kitu Systems Products for Conformance

    February 10, 2016
    AeroVironment has implemented the IEEE 2030.5 standard in its model EVSE-RS EV charging station, one of the most widely deployed home EV chargers in North America. “The IEEE 2030.5 standard is accepted and increasingly used as a communications protocol for many types of devices, including solar smart inverters,” said Alec Brooks, Chief Technology Officer for AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems business segment. “The marketplace is moving towards open standards with independent validation, and IEEE 2030.5 represents a compelling solution. The results of the UL and QualityLogic testing will increase the adoption rate for this standard and will help AeroVironment meet key criteria for deployment of new grid-tied technologies, such as electric vehicles, which we are actively supporting. It also ensures secure and reliable communications for our customers.”   -> View More

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    AeroVironment’s Puma AE UAS Supporting Coast Guard Ice Breaker for Operation Deep Freeze Resupply Mission through Treacherous Antarctic Seas

    February 02, 2016
    • Puma AE hand-launched unmanned aircraft system is scouting the ice shelf ahead of the Coast Guard’s Polar Star, supporting critical ice-breaking mission to resupply McMurdo Station in Antarctica
    • First time an unmanned aircraft system has been used to assist Coast Guard in navigating Ross Sea - avoids putting crew and costly helicopters at risk

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 2, 2016 – In a development that takes the life-saving capabilities of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to one of the most remote and unforgiving regions on earth, AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it and a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been contracted to provide the U.S. Coast Guard ice breaker Polar Star with a RQ-20A Puma™ AE unmanned aircraft system and a flight crew for the annual joint “Operation Deep Freeze,” the military component of the larger, civilian-managed U.S. Antarctic Program to re-supply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station. The Operation Deep Freeze joint team departed Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, on December 30, 2015 and reached McMurdo Station on January 18, 2016.

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    How Drones Could Advance Polar Science and Navigation (Once They Work Out the Kinks)

    February 02, 2016
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has attached a delegation to this year’s Deep Freeze. The Coast Guard, just like any American in any public park these days, is fascinated by all the drones flying around, and wondered: How the hell can we make these things useful?   -> View More

    Deep Freeze 2016: Another year, another journey

    February 02, 2016
    This blog is the first in a series of posts following the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as they journey to Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze 2016. Follow their journey.   -> View More

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