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AV’s Raven Small UAS Achieves 30-Hour Persistent Surveillance in Demonstration with U.S. Army

April 01, 2009
MONROVIA, Calif., April 1, 2009 - The U.S. Army Product Manager for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) and AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) recently conducted a continuous 30-hour demonstration of persistent surveillance of a point target using AV's RQ-11B Raven® small unmanned aircraft system. The demonstration at Camp Roberts, Calif. followed an inquiry from Pentagon officials regarding the potential for AV's Raven small UAS to perform low-cost, tactically relevant persistent surveillance.   -> View More

San Francisco’s Hybrid Taxis Prove Their Worth

March 30, 2009
Reporting from San Francisco - Even here, in the capital of true believers in one thing or another, Paul Gillespie stands out. The veteran cabby and former president of the San Francisco Taxicab Commission is one of the reasons this city's taxi fleet is vying to be the most environmentally correct in the country. After years of advocating for hybrid taxis, Gillespie, who says he has "the carbon footprint of an Ethiopian child," now has proof that they are green in more ways than one.   -> View More

ISR Operations: “Eye in the Sky”

March 23, 2009

"Clearly, airborne ISR capability has become indispensible to successful ground and air combat operations, and the U.S. Air Force brings the lion's share to the battle," said Col. Eric Holdaway, director of intelligence for Air Force forces in the Middle East and Central Asia. With respect to combat operations, the ISR mission provides a level of planning, analysis and targeting support never seen before in the history of warfare.

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AF Raven B Operators Maintain 'Eyes-on' for Ground Forces

March 19, 2009

(Camp Bucca, Iraq, March 19, 2009) - "There it is," said Staff Sgt. Jeff Tomkiewicz, 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, as he pointed at a little, buzzing white dot in the sky. As the Raven B operator approached the small strip of sand of Camp Bucca's Burge Field, the tiny Raven B unmanned aircraft system hovered above the ground for a moment then unceremoniously fell to the ground, waiting for Sergeant Tomkiewicz to retrieve it.

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So You Think It’s a Toy?

March 17, 2009

KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq - RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicles may be easily mistaken for an unorthodox version of a model airplane, but Airmen here use the UAV to secure the base and surrounding neighborhoods. Weighing in at less than 5 pounds, the Raven is operated from the ground via a remote control unit that can send the aircraft 10 kilometers away at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

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Smithsonian - Under the Radar with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

February 25, 2009

At the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (NASM), a display of six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) demonstrates what happens when the little airplanes of my childhood get serious. Take the five-pound, 45-inch wingspan AeroVironment RQ-14A "Dragon Eye." Launched by hand, or with a bungee cord, the tiny scout plane is controlled by GPS coordinates entered into its guidance system with a standard laptop computer.

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AeroVironment Launches Production of Its New Digital Data Link with $16.8 Million Order

February 09, 2009
MONROVIA, Calif., Feb. 9, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) has received an order from the U.S. Army valued at $16,758,776 for the production of 50 new Raven® (RQ-11B) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) equipped with AV's Digital Data Link (DDL). Announced by the U.S. Army on January 22, 2009, this production order was issued under an existing contract and includes initial spares packages and DDL retrofit kits for 206 existing Raven® systems. The introduction of AV's DDL follows several years of internally funded research and development in addition to a $7.6 million contract awarded in October 2008 for the completion of R&D activities.   -> View More

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AeroVironment Awarded $41.7 Million Contract Option for Raven® Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Support Services

February 04, 2009
MONROVIA, Calif., Feb. 4, 2009 - AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced that the U.S. Army has ordered additional RQ-11B Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated services for its fiscal year 2009 requirements by the exercise of an option under an existing contract. Each Raven® system typically consists of three aircraft, two ground control stations, and spares. The aggregate order value is $41.7 million and is fully funded.   -> View More

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AeroVironment’s AV 900 is the Centerpiece of Advanced Battery Research Lab in Detroit

January 30, 2009

Ricardo Inc. opens a $2 million battery systems development center outside of Detroit, a facility the engineering firm considers state-of-the-art for the burgeoning research field. "We think the linchpin to electric vehicles and hybrids is batteries, and that's what this lab is all about," says Ricardo President Dean Harlow.

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A Balanced Strategy, by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates

January 21, 2009
The defining principle of the Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy is balance. The United States cannot expect to eliminate national security risks through higher defense budgets, to do everything and buy everything. The Department of Defense must set priorities and consider inescapable tradeoffs and opportunity costs.   -> View More

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