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GA-ASI CONDUCTS FIRST FLIGHT TEST FROM UPGRADED FTTC
Monday, September 18, 2017
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Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper

Source: US Air Force


Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - On August 30, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew its first test flight out of its new Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The GA-ASI Block 5 Predator B/MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) flew a round-trip of approximately 1,075 nautical miles.

This was the longest transit flown by a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in Class A civilian airspace under a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) granted by the FAA. The COA authorized the Block 5 MQ-9 to fly in airspace managed by air traffic controllers without the requirement of utilizing a "chase" airplane.

"This flight signified several 'firsts' for us and for the industry," said David R. Alexander, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. "As we continue to demonstrate our ability to fly RPA safely alongside passenger planes, we further our efforts towards certifying the aircraft and increasing their mission possibilities in Class A civilian airspace."

Additionally, this was the first time an unmanned aircraft operated through multiple spot beams of a High-throughput Satellite (HTS). HTS is a new generation of satellites providing higher data throughput and interference mitigation. As an RPA's mission distance increases, it needs to be able to transition seamlessly from one satellite beam to another. For this flight, the Block 5 MQ-9 communicated with two HTS beams.

GA-ASI announced the completion of a new permanent hangar for its FTTC in Grand Forks on August 21st. The new hangar replaces the temporary facility that had been in operation since June 2016. It houses GA-ASI operational hardware, including RPA and ground control stations, as well as offices and conference rooms. In addition to conducting flight tests, the FTTC operation operates an office building near the University of North Dakota campus that features classrooms and a Predator Mission Aircrew Training System for accomplishing the academic and simulator segments of training.

Source:  General Atomics
Associated URL: http://www.ga-asi.com/ga-asi-conducts-first-flight-test-from-upgraded-fttc
Source Date: September 18, 2017
Posted: 09/19/2017

 
 
U.S. NAVY SCANEAGLE UAV'S TO RECEIVE EO/IR IMAGERY ISR SERVICES FROM INSITU
Thursday, September 14, 2017
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A ScanEagle is Launched

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A ScanEagle is Launched

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PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - The U.S. Navy has awarded Insitu of Bingen, Wash., a $9.8 million firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0087) to provide unmanned aircraft systems intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance services in support of maritime operations. Specifically, this includes operations and maintenance of the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems and its real-time electro-optical imagery and infrared imagery. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.

The contract work will be performed in the Pacific theater and is expected to be completed in March 2021.

The U.S. Navy has obligated the full contract amount in Fiscal Year 2017 Operations and Maintenance funds at the time of the award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity

Source:  U.S. Department of Defense
Source Date: September 14, 2017
Posted: 09/19/2017

 
 
MEASURE'S FIRST DRONE SERVICES FRANCHISE OPENS IN ILLINOIS
Monday, September 18, 2017
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Measure, the largest U.S. provider of drone services for enterprise customers, announced its first franchise location with the September 25 grand opening of Measure Springfield in Illinois. The new office provides local, face-to-face service for businesses in Central Illinois that are interested in using aerial data collection to improve productivity, control costs and increase workplace safety.

The franchise's primary focus is on the telecommunications, construction, energy and agriculture sectors. Capabilities range from inspecting cell tower, wind farm and solar farm infrastructure to surveying construction sites, monitoring construction project progress, and assessing crop yields, irrigation problems and pest infestations for precision agriculture. Aerial imagery for commercial real estate, insurance, media and disaster response applications is also available.

All services enable customers to take advantage of the efficiencies and insights of drone technology without the time, expense and experienced personnel required to manage their own drone programs.

National Expertise, Local Delivery

Measure Springfield offers turnkey, industry-specific solutions that combine best-in-class drone technology with professional drone pilots, data collection, data processing and easy-to-understand reporting. Developed by Measure's corporate team and proven through thousands of completed flights, all solutions are standardized to ensure safe, legal and insured flights as well as accurate data capture that can help customers pinpoint operational problems and make critical business decisions.

Franchise owner Troy Reiser is a Springfield native, experienced commercial pilot and former CEO of a South Africa-based airline specializing in air shuttle routes and private air charters to luxury game lodges in Southern and East Africa. His wife and co-owner Jackie Reiser is a marketing specialist and fellow Southern Illinois University graduate whose background includes 18 years with Unilever PLC as well as a role in developing a branding campaign to promote South Africa.

Chief pilot Bryan Alexander is a U.S. Air Force veteran who began flying unmanned aerial systems as a contractor for the U.S. Navy in 2012 and has focused on commercial drones since the birth of the drone services industry three years ago.

"The drone services business is exploding, and partnering with Measure gives us the backing of a national team that has not only helped establish the industry but also has the confidence of customers like Verizon, ARCO Construction and global energy company AES. It also equips us with full-service solutions from flight planning to data analysis that no other drone company in the state can provide," said Troy Reiser. "We are already providing cell tower inspections and close-out audits for national tower owners, and we have everything we need - from the aircraft to the personnel and procedures - to service customers in other sectors."

"Our franchising program is designed to build a nationwide drone services network that can provide efficient, quality aerial data collection to clients anywhere in the country while also ensuring adherence to strict operations, maintenance and safety criteria," said Dan Rothfeld, Measure Senior Vice President of Franchising. "With the Reisers' aviation and business backgrounds as well as Bryan's commercial drone credentials, Measure Springfield will be a strong link in the chain we're building to advance the use of drone technology in the business world."

Source:  Measure
Associated URL: measure.com
Source Date: September 18, 2017
Posted: 09/19/2017

 

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