10:08 uur 26-06-2018

GA-ASI voert eerste middelhoge Trans-Atlantische vlucht uit met op afstand bestuurd vliegtuig

SAN DIEGO – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Op 10-11 juli is General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) van plan om voor het eerst een transatlantische vlucht uit te voeren met een op afstand bediend luchtvaartuig (MALE) op middelgrote hoogte. De MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA van GA-ASI is eigendom van GA-ASI en zal vliegen van het Flight Test and Training Center van GA-ASI in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Verenigde Staten, naar Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire, Verenigd Koninkrijk. Het vliegtuig zal daarna worden tentoongesteld op 13-15 Juli voor de Koninklijke Internationale Vliegshow (RIAT) zijn die op RAF Fairford wordt gehouden. De vlucht en tentoonstelling zijn ter ere van het honderdjarig bestaan van de RAF (RAF100).

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“GA-ASI is er trots op de RAF in het afgelopen decennium te hebben ondersteund met onze MQ-9 Reaper®. Ter ere van de RAF100 viering, en om een nieuwe standaard in RPA uithoudingsvermogen te demonstreren, zullen we SkyGuardian vliegen over de Atlantische Oceaan,” zei Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “Gezien de uitstekende 100-jarige geschiedenis van de RAF, geloven wij dat deze vlucht een geschikte manier is om de positie van de RAF als leider in innovatie te vieren.

GA-ASI to Fly First Trans-Atlantic Flight of a MALE RPA

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On July 10-11, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is scheduled to fly from the company’s Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA, to Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK. The aircraft will then be on static display July 13-15 for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) airshow being held at RAF Fairford. The flight and display will commemorate the RAF’s centenary celebration (RAF100).

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GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is scheduled to fly from the company’s Flight Test and  ...

GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is scheduled to fly from the company’s Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA, to Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK. The aircraft will then be on static display July 13-15 for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) airshow being held at RAF Fairford. The flight and display will commemorate the RAF’s centenary celebration (RAF100). (Photo: Business Wire)

“GA-ASI is proud to have supported the RAF over the past decade with our MQ-9 Reaper®. In honor of the RAF100 celebration, and to demonstrate a new standard in RPA flight endurance, we will fly SkyGuardian across the Atlantic,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “Given the distinguished 100 year history of the RAF, we believe that this flight is an appropriate way to celebrate the RAF’s position as a leader in innovation.”

In 2017, GA-ASI and the RAF marked the 10-year anniversary of RAF MQ-9 operations, which coincided with the RAF completing 100,000 flight hours with its Reaper force. The entire Reaper fleet has completed over two million flight hours to date and is comprised of over 300 aircraft within the NATO alliance. The RAF is acquiring MQ-9B SkyGuardian as part of its PROTECTOR RG Mk1 program.

MQ-9B is the latest evolution of GA-ASI’s multi-mission Predator® B fleet. GA-ASI named its baseline MQ-9B aircraft SkyGuardian, and the maritime surveillance variant SeaGuardian. MQ-9B is a “certifiable” (STANAG 4671-compliant) version of the MQ-9 Predator B product line. Its development is the result of a five-year, company-funded effort to deliver a RPA that can meet the stringent airworthiness type-certification requirements of various military and civil authorities, including the UK Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA) and the U.S. FAA. Type-certification, together with an extensively tested collision avoidance system, will allow unrestricted operations in all classes of civil airspace.

Several important MQ-9B milestones were achieved in recent months, including the first FAA-approved flight for a company-owned RPA through non-segregated civil airspace without a chase aircraft, and an endurance record of more than 48 hours of continuous flight.

As part of the trans-Atlantic flight, GA-ASI has partnered with Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications (SATCOM) services. Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband SATCOM will be used by the MQ-9B’s ground control station to communicate and control the aircraft and also will be used in the RPA’s final configuration for capabilities such as automatic takeoff and landing.

High-resolution photos of MQ-9B SkyGuardian are available to qualified media outlets from the listed GA-ASI media contact.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is the leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than five million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com.

Predator, Reaper, and Lynx are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

 

Contacts

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Melissa Haynes
+1 (858) 524-8108
ASI-MediaRelations@ga-asi.com

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