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Ascent Solar Takes Flight Aboard Silent Falcon™ Unmanned Aircraft
|By Business Wire
|May 20, 2014 06:01 AM EDT
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), a manufacturer and
developer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV)
modules, along with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies (SFUAS), announced
the successful first flights of the production Silent Falcon™ Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS) powered by Ascent Solar’s ultra-lightweight,
flexible photovoltaic modules. Silent Falcon™ UAS, jointly developed by
SFUAS, Bye AEROSPACE and Ascent Solar, is a tactical drone designed to
be easily deployed, and integrates proprietary, disruptive technology to
deliver superior UAS performance.
The patent-pending Silent Falcon is a solar/electric powered, all
composite and modular small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) equipped
with an interchangeable wing configuration designed for commercial,
public safety and defense applications both domestically and
internationally. The combination of efficient aerodynamic design,
lightweight composite construction and Ascent’s monolithically
integrated and ultra-lightweight thin film photovoltaic modules, enables
the 25 lb. Silent Falcon™ UAS a remarkable 6 to 12 hour flight endurance.
“These first flights represent the culmination of tremendous
collaboration between Ascent Solar, Bye AEROSAPACE, and Silent Falcon
UAS,” stated Dr. Joseph Armstrong, Chief Technology Officer of Ascent
Solar. “Overcoming technological challenges, our teams have demonstrated
the ability to integrate our flexible photovoltaics with appropriate
power management systems into a feature-rich small unmanned aircraft
system enabling extended mission flight time and, as a result, enhanced
mission flexibility. More importantly, the photovoltaic modules
integrated into the wings represent a lightweight version of our
production materials, and as such, are immediately available.”
“The Silent Falcon’s unprecedented performance and value is ready for
the market place as we transitioned from prototype and commenced low
rate initial production,” said John Brown, President of SFUAS. “Our
sales teams are targeting domestic, Latin America and the Asia Pacific
About Ascent Solar Technologies:
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic
modules using flexible substrate materials that can transform the way
solar power generation integrates into everyday life. Ascent Solar
modules, which were named one of TIME Magazine's 50 best inventions for
2011, can be directly incorporated into standard building materials,
commercial transportation, automotive solutions, space applications,
consumer electronics for portable power and durable off-grid solutions.
More information can be found at www.ascentsolar.com.
About Silent Falcon UAS™ Technologies
Silent Falcon UAS™ Technologies was established in 2010 to introduce
disruptive technological UAV innovation to global defense, intelligence
and national security agencies, the domestic public safety agency market
and U.S.-based private security contractors. The company is
headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information, go to www.SilentFalconUAS.com.
About Bye AEROSPACE
Bye Aerospace, founded in 2007 and headquartered near Denver, is
applying clean energy solutions to innovative aircraft designs for the
aerospace and defense markets. For more information, go to www.ByeAerospace.com.
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