AeroVironment, Inc. Press Briefing to Feature Live Demonstration of Nano Hummingbird Unmanned Aircraft
WHY: To offer the media an up-close-and-personal look at the two-wing, flapping aircraft with a 16-centimeter (6.5 inches), tip-to-tip wingspan and weighing two-thirds of an ounce (less than the weight of a common AA battery) going through various maneuvers — climbing and descending vertically, flying sideways left and right, flying forward and backward, as well as rotating clockwise and counter-clockwise, under remote control and carrying a video camera payload. Event will include a Q&A session with AV personnel.
WHAT ELSE: See displays of other innovative
small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) - used extensively by the
U.S. Department of Defense.
Observer™, AV's High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) UAS — the
Global Observerair vehicle recently completed its historic first flight powered by the aircraft's hydrogen-fueled propulsion system at Edwards Air Force Base(EAFB) in Californiamarking the beginning of high altitude, long endurance flight testing for the demonstration and operational utility phase of the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) program.
- AV's electric vehicle charging systems — now being installed in homes and at businesses across the country.
- An additional flight demonstration of AV's small UAS is planned to follow the briefing at a nearby location, contingent upon weather conditions. Those interested in attending this demonstration must confirm their participation in this additional event in their RSVP.
|Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, 1:00 — 2:00 p.m., registration starts at 12:00|
|Tim Conver, AeroVironment's chairman and chief executive officer, and Matt Keennon, AV's project manager and principal investigator on the NAV project.|
|Simi Valley, Calif. Address provided upon RSVP.|
MEDIA CREDENTIALS: All visitors must provide valid media credentials and official federal government identification, such as Passport (U.S. or foreign) or Permanent Resident Card (green card) to gain entry to the event. A driver's license is not acceptable for this event.
RSVP (REQUIRED) to:
Cynthia Nichols, AeroVironment, Inc.
|Tel: (626) 357-9983 ext. 510|
|Sandra Loden, The Boyer Syndicate, Inc.|
|Please do not use wireless systems during the flight demonstration to minimize the risk of signal interference.|
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