SAN DIEGO. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), a manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems (also known as unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, and drones), radars, and electro-optic, and related mission systems solutions, announced that it can provide a company-owned aircraft to support humanitarian relief efforts.
“Angel One,” an aircraft based on the jet-propelled Predator RPA system owned and operated by GA-ASI, is capable of delivering 8,500 pounds of Humanitarian Daily Ration packets (HDRs) for 3,400 people each day. This capability could ensure urgently needed food and medical supplies reach those otherwise inaccessible, such as victims of war or following natural disasters throughout the world, officials say.
“Angel One,” an aircraft based on the jet-propelled Predator RPA system owned and operated by GA-ASI, is capable of delivering 8,500 pounds of Humanitarian Daily Ration packets (HDRs) for 3,400 people each day. (Graphic: Business Wire)
Using a specially designed internal bay door release mechanism, which allows for two separate drops of aid per mission, the field is evenly distributed with HDRs, increasing the likelihood of civilians successfully retrieving needed aid, and ensuring greater delivery success over more traditional “pallet” aid drops.
“Angel One” can fly up to three missions of three hours each per day for as long as humanitarian relief is required.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing remotely piloted aircraft systems, radar, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company’s Aircraft Systems business unit is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable RPA systems, including Predator A, Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper, Gray Eagle, Predator C Avenger, and Predator XP.
The company also manufactures a variety of state-of-the-art digital Ground Control Stations (GCS), including the next-generation Advanced Cockpit GCS, and provides pilot training and support services for RPA field operations. The Mission Systems business unit designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx Multi-mode Radar and sophisticated Claw sensor control and image analysis software into both manned and remotely piloted aircraft. It also focuses on providing integrated sensor payloads and software for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft platforms and develops high energy lasers, electro-optic sensors, and meta-material antennas.
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