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Betting Big - And Small - On Electric Cars

July 14, 2009

The cars of the future will run on electricity, most major automakers agree on that. What they don't agree on is how soon drivers will be ready to fully embrace electric power and how aggressively to push electric cars.

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Vancouver Council Considers Mandatory Installation of Electric Car Chargers

July 08, 2009
City could require 10 per cent of new condo parking spots to include electric car chargers.   -> View More

New Satellite Co. Seeks to Address U.S. Military's Unmet Demand for Communications & Data Relay Capacity

July 02, 2009

A clutch of former Pentagon brass is helping to start a company that offers a new service: satellites intended solely for military communications that would be built, launched and owned by private investors.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

DARPA Awards AeroVironment Phase II Contract Extension for Nano Air Vehicle Development Program

July 01, 2009
AV Achieves Technical Milestone: Controlled Hovering Flight of NAV UAS with Two Flapping Wings

MONROVIA, Calif., July 1, 2009 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) was awarded a Phase II contract extension in April from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build a flying prototype for the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program. As part of this program AV has accomplished a technical milestone never before achieved: the controlled hovering flight of an air vehicle system with two flapping wings that carries its own energy source and uses only the flapping wings for propulsion and control.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

How To Build a Spy Bat - AeroVironment Featured on Forbes.com

June 27, 2009

Researchers are studying creatures that fly through the night in hopes of making tiny flying spies.

As U.S. soldiers march over the mountains of Afghanistan, they lug in backpacks contraptions that look more like model planes than military equipment: flying drones that can buzz over ridges and mountains, looking for Taliban and terrorists. The drones, which the soldiers direct with a controller that looks like a videogame, make their reports by sending back real-time video feeds.

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Source: AeroVironment Inc.

Forbes Magazine Profiles AeroVironment

June 26, 2009

A maker of tiny spy drones used in Iraq and Afghanistan is trying to add lethal firepower and altitude to its profitable business. Aerovironment, a Monrovia, Calif. company, set the world record for altitude in 2001, when it flew a gangly, remote-controlled, solar-powered plane with a 250-foot wingspan to 96,863 feet. The sky is dark up there, and the air is thin, just one-hundredth the density of air at sea level.

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Inside the Pentagon's New Plans for Lethal Drones

June 18, 2009

Esquire.com gets an advanced look at the Air Force roadmap to better robots - flying multi-missile hitmen, floating multi-target guidance systems, flapping suicide bombers - and how they can zero in on Al Qaeda without costing Hillary her job.

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UAS Market Challenges Traditional Aerospace

June 15, 2009
With armed forces taking unmanned aircraft more seriously, is the aerospace industrial base ready to meet the emerging requirements? The answer is yes, and no.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

AeroVironment Receives Order for Third Global Observer Aircraft under JCTD Program

June 03, 2009
Option Exercise for Aircraft and Additional Items Builds on Successful Program Milestones, Resulting in Total Program Funding of More Than $120 Million   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc.

New Model Army?

May 28, 2009
U.S. Marines On Operations In Remote Southwest Afghanistan...BAQWA, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 21: U.S. Marine Sgt. Nicholas Bender launches a Raven surveillance drone from Marine base perimeter on March 21, 2009 near the remote village of Baqwa, Afghanistan. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment use the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to get real time intelligence on Taliban movements.   -> View More

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