AV in the News
January 22, 2018
AeroViroment Inc. opened 2018 with plans to build a drone that flies higher and longer than any it has built before – a solar-powered plane that could soar in the upper atmosphere for weeks or months at a time and carry a load of telecommunications transmitters.
The company laid out its latest goals as part of a Jan. 3 announcement of a joint venture with Tokyo-based telecommunications giant SoftBank Corp., called HAPSMobile Inc. The new partners will join an ambitious field of projects – including a flying-wing in the works at Facebook Inc. and a balloon-based experiment by Alphabet Inc. – that aim to lift telecommunications transmitters up to 65,000 feet above sea level in order to grab a piece of the broadband market in developing countries.-> View More
AeroVironment Set to Define the Solar-powered HALE Segment for Commercial Drone Operations. Learn more
January 19, 2018
“We’ve been aware of the utility that HALE unmanned aircraft systems can deliver and have been tracking the market’s receptivity to it for a long time now,” Steve Gitlin, Vice President Corporate Strategy at AeroVironment, told Commercial UAV News. “With this partnership, we’ll be able to work with a partner who not only understands the end user market opportunities in telecommunications, but also has a very deep understanding of technology innovation themselves.”-> View More
December 15, 2017
- Mad Money" host Jim Cramer sat down with AeroVironment President and CEO Wahid Nawabi to hear about his defense and commercial drone company's new products.
- Nawabi showed Cramer a new product for the agriculture industry that is available for purchase starting Thursday.
- The $16,500 autonomous drone comes with an app that runs software analytics on its own, the CEO said.
The fight against the Islamic State has become a learning opportunity for the U.S. military as it looks to a future taking on very adaptable and resourceful opponents. There's also a growing realization that lower-cost technology solutions, whether in precision weapons or lighter attack aircraft, can provide advantages in an era of constrained budgets.-> View More
When it comes to military intelligence, tiny is where it’s at.
No one knows this better than AeroVironment Inc. (AV). The Monrovia-based maker of unmanned aircraft systems has produced a variety of small drones that are used extensively by U.S. military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the company’s newly unveiled Snipe Nano Quad has taken “small” to a new level. The unit is about the size of a cell phone, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in a multitude of high-tech features.-> View More
U.S. soldiers are getting another tool to stay a step ahead of the enemy.
Aerovironment, a drone supplier for the U.S. military, has introduced a tiny drone that's designed to be worn on a soldier's uniform. The Snipe, which weighs about as much as a baseball, can be launched from the palm of one's hand. It's designed for close-range surveillance and reconnaissance.
On the sand, in the air and in the water, the U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton are training for the next generation of warfare. “Throughout my entire career, maritime supremacy was guaranteed, air supremacy was guaranteed,” Col. Dan Sullivan said. “Now even a primitive adversary like ISIS is flying UAVs with explosive charges on them.”-> View More
March 18, 2017
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII --
Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment tested an Unmanned Aerial System, also known as the RQ-20 Puma, at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, March 8, 2017.
The Puma provides land-based and maritime intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. It also allows small units the ability to detect improvised explosive devices, according to www.navair.navy.mil.-> View More
February 28, 2017
It sounds like an almond grower’s magnificent dream: Instead of having people walking orchard blocks to make sure your trees are getting adequate irrigation, you just whip out your phone or tablet and chart a course for your drone. But if the scientists involved in a new project are correct, this is no dream. When growers wake up in the morning, they can draw up a flight plan and check various orchards — without ever leaving their front porch.-> View More
February 22, 2017
AeroVironment Inc. has partnered with Cal State Fresno in a year-long study to determine how imagery and analytics from drones could be used to help almond growers better manage their water use.-> View More