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AeroVironment’s Scott Newbern delivered the Keynote Address “AeroVironment – A Fifty Year Old Startup,” discussing the company’s culture of innovation, factors that have driven our success and provided guidance to robotics technology startups working on DoD innovation initiatives.


In connection with Defense One’s – The Next Big Thing(s) in Unmanned Systems –Juliet Van Wagenen, Editor, Branded Content of GEMG, sits down with AeroVironment’s Gorik Hossepian, vice president of product line management for UAS. As today’s warfighters look to adapt to a quickly changing battlespace, Gorik speaks about how small unmanned aircraft are evolving to address these needs.



"For AeroVironment, success came as a result of four core elements: innovation, simplicity/elegance of design, reliability, and customer collaboration," said Scott Newbern, AeroVironment's chief technology officer. Newbern, who has been with the company since 1997, identified these core elements as the foundation that launched AeroVironment into the global, small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) business. 

According to Newbern, the innovative spirit has been a distinct characteristic among AeroVironment employees since the company's inception. "Back in the early days, many employees were aviation enthusiasts in one way or another," he stated, "and some were world champions competing in aircraft modeling events around the world. 

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Defense One Webcast – Next In Flight: The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Operations

September 10, 2020

Date: 8/18/2020

In connection with Defense One’s - Next in Flight: The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Operations Webcast – AeroVironment’s Gorik Hossepiantalks with Connie Sayer, President of GEMG, about the operational challenges surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles, and opportunities derived from advances in autonomy, AI and machine learning that are re-defining the future for UAVs on the battlefield.


For 50 years, AeroVironment has advanced UAV development. Today, the company is a Technology Solutions Provider at the intersection of four future-defining technologies: robotics, sensors, analytics and connectivity. Its culture of experimentation and R&D dates back to its founder, Dr. Paul MacCready Jr., whose achievements earned him the nickname "the father of human-powered flight." LEARN MORE


A human-powered airplane built by Dr. Paul MacCready, Jr.

Dr. Paul MacCready, Jr., had an unorthodox approach to aviation design, one that paid high dividends throughout his lifetime. His philosophy was to design and build for quick iteration, and he is quoted as saying, “Find a faster way to fail, recover, and try again.” That methodology certainly worked for the design of the Gossamer Condor, the first successful human-powered aircraft.

In 1959, British industrialist Henry Kremer put out a challenge to build a human-powered airplane and attached a substantial monetary prize for the winner. For 18 years, nobody could do it. Dr. MacCready was up for the challenge. Only six months after attempting his aircraft design, a pilot successfully flew the Gossamer Condor. The difference? While others needed a year’s worth of effort for each test flight, Dr. MacCready created a plane that he could fly, fix, and fly again in just a few hours.

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C4ISRNET – SOCOM Tech Priorities Webcast

August 19, 2020

Date: 7/7/2020

In connection with C4ISRNET’s SOCOM Technology Priorities Webcast – AeroVironment’s Scott Newbern talks with Mike Gruss (Editor, C4ISRNET) about the challenges and opportunities facing SOCOM & DoD, as well as how AeroVironment is responding with future defining UAS capabilities at the battlefield’s edge.


Source: AeroVironment Inc.
  • New Puma Smart 2500 Battery extends Puma LE’s flight time by nearly 20 percent with up to 6.5 hours of endurance, delivering longer time on station, greater range, and maximizing its multi-mission capabilities
  • Now compatible with Puma 2 AE, Puma 3 AE and Puma LE, the Puma Bungee Launch System (BLS) expands aircraft launch options and operational capabilities 

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 11, 2020 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced the launch of two new Puma product line enhancement options that reinforce the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and expanding the operational capabilities of its family of tactical UAS. The newly announced product enhancement options are a result of AeroVironment’s collaboration with front-line users to develop innovative solutions that enable customers to proceed with certainty in ever-changing operational environments.

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HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV, “AeroVironment”), today announced the fourth successful test flight of its “Sunglider” solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS). The flight took place on July 23, 2020 (PT) at Spaceport America (“SpA”) in New Mexico. With all basic aircraft tests for the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) now complete, HAPSMobile will proceed with preparations for stratospheric test flights.

In this test flight, Sunglider, the newly renamed UAS designed for stratospheric telecommunications platforms, reached altitudes higher than those of previous flights and maintained high altitudes for a long duration. Sunglider also successfully passed all test points, including flight speed changes, steep turns, automated flight control in the event of interrupted communications with the Ground Control System, and in-flight balance control.

In addition to the Hawaiian island of Lanai, HAPSMobile built a new test site at SpA as part of its mid- to long-term business plan. Since SpA offers flexibility in coordinating test flight schedules, there will be opportunities to conduct test flights with greater frequency and more freedom to conduct various types of tests. HAPSMobile also plans to conduct stratospheric test flights at SpA.

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Listen to Matt Keennon, MacCready Works Senior R&D Engineer and AeroVironment Technical Lead on the Mars Helicopter Program, discuss AeroVironment’s involvement in the project in collaboration with NASA/JPL and the incredible feat of developing a helicopter that will take flight on another planet.

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