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AeroVironment Puma Solar Wing Production Design Under Development

SolAero Technologies To Work With Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory On The Project

SolAero Technologies, a provider of high efficiency solar cells and composite structural products for aerospace applications, announced today that it has received a contract award from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) to develop an integrated solar wing for the AeroVironment Puma Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

The solar wing fabricated with SolAero's advanced, high efficiency solar cells integrated onto a ruggedized composite structure is a direct form, fit, function and mass equivalent to the standard, non-solar wing currently available on the Puma. SolAero's solar wing for the Puma will enable extended range, increased payload power and enhanced persistence in multiple engagement scenarios for Puma's end users.  Flight testing and field validation will be performed in early 2018.

SolAero and its subsidiary Alliance Spacesystems (Alliance) developed the prototype solar wing, achieving mass parity with the standard, non-solar Puma wing under a joint Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with APL and a DoD customer.  SolAero's prototype Puma solar wing performed flawlessly and demonstrated power generation equal to engineering estimates during flight tests at Yuma Proving Grounds (YPG) in mid-2017.

"We are excited by the opportunity to provide our lightweight, affordable integrated solar wing technology to APL in support of this important DoD program." said Brad Clevenger, CEO of SolAero Technologies. "We look forward to the upcoming flight tests and to the positive results enabled by our cooperation with APL on this project."

SolAero and Alliance represent the world's only vertically-integrated supplier of solar cell-composite structural products, which uniquely positions the company to partner with UAS OEMs and their customers to achieve enhanced system performance.  SolAero and Alliance have now successfully demonstrated solar wing design and fabrication capabilities on three distinct UAS platforms, underscoring the flexibility of the solution and its affordability for a range of applications.

(Image provided with SolAero Technologies news release)

FMI: www.jhuapl.edu, www.solaerotech.com

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