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Airborne-NextGen 01.30.24: Arctic UAV, GE-25M Test, Ingenuity Bites Martian Dust

Also: Collier Nominations, Electra Orders, EcoMine Lunar Facility, Army Recon Drone

A nearly decade-long project involving the Naval Postgraduate School and Naval Research Laboratory has come to a close, bearing out the utility of the Platform Vanilla UAV and its own flight planning software in the Arctic North.

The collaborators integrated the NPS' flight path planning software named POTION (Path Optimization) with Platform Aerospace's Vanilla UAV, putting the combination to the test in the "daunting North Slope of Alaska, making the best of a narrow weather window." General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, has capped its 1st test flight of the upcoming Gray Eagle 25M (GE-25M) Unmanned Aircraft System, publicly acknowledging the event that took place back in December. The flight marks a milestone in the US Army's future Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)-capable GE-25M. Ingenuity has bit the Martian dust. The surprisingly long-lived Mars Helicopter has finished its mission after incurring damage to its rotors during its final landing. The program was wildly successful, going far beyond the lifespan expected of the flyweight aircraft. Ingenuity was originally assigned to only 5 test flights over the first 30 days of its tenure on Mars, but ultimately it spent 3 years there as it flew 72 missions. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-NextGen!!!

Airborne-NextGen 01.30.24 is chock full of info in this Weekly News Episode, Thursday, January 30th, 2024... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Holland Lee, Sophie Hurlock, Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, and Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, this episode covers:

  • US Navy Completes UAV Testing in Arctic Circle
  • General Atomics Completes GE-25M Test Flight
  • Mars Helicopter Ends Mission
  • Collier Trophy Nominations Due 1/31
  • Electra Order Book Swells to 2,000
  • Space Lab Chosen to Develop EcoMine Lunar Facility
  • Red Cat Integrates AI into Army's Recon Drone Program

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