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AeroVironment AeroVironment performs test flight of hydrogen-powered UAV. AeroVironment announced a successful flight of its hydrogen-powered drone, the Global Observer. The unmanned aerial vehicle is designed to fly as a surveillance and communication link platform. The UAV flew for four hours in its test flight at Edwards Air Force Base. Jan 14, 2011

AeroVironment AeroVironment confirms successful test of Global Observer spy plane. Monrovia drone maker AeroVironment says the massive robotic aircraft completed its first flight powered by a hydrogen-fueled propulsion system. Monrovia drone maker AeroVironment Inc. announced Tuesday that its massive robotic Global Observer aircraft successfully completed its first flight powered by a hydrogen-fueled propulsion system last week at Edwards Air Force Base. The milestone marked the beginning of high-altitude, long-endurance flight testing of the plane for the U.S. military. The company is developing the drone to stay aloft for a week at a time at a 65,000 feet N vastly expanding the reach of military spy planes. With a wingspan stretching 175 feet, the Global Observer is built to survey 280,000 square miles N an area larger than Afghanistan N at a single glance. Jan 12, 2011

AeroVironment Revolutionary new drones tested. Three revolutionary drones being tested at California's Edwards Air Force Base in coming weeks are seen as substantial advances over the Predator and Reaper drones that the Obama administration has deployed as central to the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan. The planes include the Global Observer, built by AeroVironment Inc., which has a wingspan nearly the size of a Boeing 747, the bat-winged X-47B, built by Northrop Grumman and capable of carrying laser-guided bombs, and Boeing's Phantom Ray drone Jan 11, 2011

Alliant TechSystems Alliant TechSystems (ATK) has revealed key details of a new aerial target designed to simulate the flight profile of one of the most dangerous threats to US Navy ships and submarines. A public briefing posted by the US National Defense Industries Association (NDIA) in early January, but dated 20 October, also reveals that the ZGQM-173A multi-stage supersonic target (MSST) could soon be offered for export on a "case by case basis". Mike Stuart, ATK's director of missiles business development, told the NDIA's annual targets, UAVs and range operations symposium that the new target was expected to achieve first flight on 17 November 2010. However, the company confirmed in January that the first flight has been rescheduled to the current quarter, with the date subject to development delays and "range asset availability". Jan 13, 2011

Arinc Engineering Services, Lockheed martin Arinc Engineering Services has won a USD63.7 million...

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