Enabling these individuals and their organizations to help themselves better, AeroVironment excels as an industry-standard innovator that provides advanced technology for its customers in defense and energy industries with state-of-the-art tactical unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems, pseudo-high-altitude satellites, and commercial information solution. AeroVironment serves to provide immediate assistance when lives are on the line, time is short, and when distances are great and the terrains are difficult. Through its breakthrough, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Tactical Missile Systems, the company provides soldiers the potentially life-saving information they need to engage and farmers the key data they need to grow. When it matters most, the company stands resolutely in providing its people the intelligence that they need to decide with confidence and—proceed with certainty.
Innovation has driven AeroVironment since our founding in 1971 by Dr. Paul MacCready, when he set in motion our creative culture of relentless problem solving and doing what had never been done before. Since the time AeroVironment’s marked its beginning more than 47 years ago, the company’s scientists and engineers have sought innovative solutions to many of the ever prevalent and most difficult security, energy and infrastructure management challenges around the world. Ever since, the company’s team has envisioned, invented, and commercialized remarkable solutions that help its customers succeed. In its new innovation engine, MacCready Works, AeroVironment has assembled a small, dedicated team of the industry’s brightest and most experienced thinkers to focus on partnering with customers to solve some of the most important problems and transition them into unique, innovative solutions. Besides the remarkable products that AeroVironment offers, it’s the actionable intelligence provided by the company to its customers is what defines the core differentiating element for AeroVironment.
Highly Tactical UAS
When the mission is critical, and danger looms ahead, the most powerful weapon that can help the warfighters is information. To protect themselves, protect civilian life, and tailor their response to the threat, commanders and troops on the ground need superior tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) - and they need it on demand. AeroVironment’s portfolio of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) meets that demand, delivering systems with unrivaled flexibility and capability.
The Driving force behind the development of AeroVironment’s breakthrough technology of UAS is the company understands of the vitality of providing people with the ability to see the situation ahead. With UAS’s sophisticated eyes in the sky, the company could provide life-saving intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance for the national troops on the battlefield. Today, AeroVironment has become the acknowledged expert and largest supplier of small, unmanned aircraft systems to the Pentagon and dozens of allied nations.
Generated by their advanced payload of electro-optical or infrared sensors, our tactical unmanned aircraft - Puma™ AE, Raven® and Wasp® AE - can wirelessly transmit critical live video and other invaluable information directly to our hand-held, ground control system (GCS), empowering troops with real-time tactical reconnaissance, tracking, combat assessment and geographic data. Man-portable and requiring minimal training, all of our small UAS can be assembled without tools, in less than five minutes, and launched and operated by one person. AerVironment’s efficient and reliable electric motors are powered by replaceable modular battery packs that can be swapped out quickly, enabling rapid return to flight. Designed for durability and incorporating an intuitive and user-friendly interface, our ground control system allows manual control of the aircraft or GPS-based autonomous navigation using operator-designated waypoints. And because all of our small UAS operate from this common ground control system, training time and costs are further reduced.
With AeroVironment’s Tactical unmanned aircraft systems, tactical commanders can be certain. When they observe around the next corner, to the next intersection, or beyond a distant ridgeline, they can be confident.
AV DSS automatically aggregates all of their data making it easy for them to use and understand which can help improve operational efficiencies and increase profitability
When and where it matters most to our warfighters, we give them the real-time intelligence they need to move faster, move safer, and proceed with certainty.
As effective as AeroVironment’s small UAS have become on the battlefront, they promise to be equally life-saving on the home front. AeroVironment’s family of integrated and interoperable UAS also gives law enforcement personnel and first responders the ability to see and assess the situation ahead. While AeroVironment’s information solutions will significantly change the way, farmers and energy providers monitor and manage their assets.
Precision Agriculture and Decision Making
Facing a challenging commodity landscape and increased pressure to improve crop yield and decrease input use, many growers are turning to AeroVironment’s fully integrated drone-based ecosystem. By providing the hardware, sensor, and software, the company is significantly eliminating compatibility concerns, unneeded complexity, and confusion over whom to call with questions. AeroVironment’s Commercial Information Solutions remote-sensing business integrates drone-based aerial mapping and surveying with cloud-based data analytics to help businesses in multiple industries to digitize crops, powerlines, pipelines, railroad tracks and other infrastructure for analysis to detect anomalies and changes. AeroVironment is providing a one-stop, full-service decision-support-system so businesses can make smarter, quicker decisions that will help increase revenue, reduce costs and operational risks.
Together, Quantix™ and AeroVironment’s decision support systems (DSS) are optimized to deliver actionable crop health insights that can improve farming efficiencies and profitability for seasons to come.
Quantix™ is an innovative drone featuring a powerfully simple, automated flight and a unique, hybrid design that allows the aircraft to launch vertically and transition to horizontal flight; maximizing aerodynamic efficiency and range. Quantix™ was developed for on-farm reliability and features a durable, lightweight airframe with a one-meter wingspan and carbon fiber spar reinforcement. Vertical takeoff and landing provide for the safest flight operations while protecting valuable on-board cameras.
With the simple touch of a button, Quantix initiates a fully-automated takeoff, flight, and landing, eliminating the learning curve. Therefore, even first-time users can successfully operate the drone safely to collect meaningful data.
With Quantix, growers can now survey their entire farm more efficiently and accurately, on their schedule, to easily spot crop health issues that might be missed by the naked eye. Within a single flight, its integrated cameras capture both high-resolution color and multispectral imagery. On-board processing delivers composite true color and NDVI maps as soon as the drone lands using Quick- Look™. This allows for quick assessment while the grower is still in the field to catch potential issues before they start impacting yield. While still in the field using Quick-Look™ maps, anomalies can be identified and ground-truthed to determine water, insect, weed, and disease pressures, so you can catch potential issues before they start impacting yield.
In the end, security and privacy are paramount. As a company trusted by the U.S. Department of Defense, AeroVironment™ incorporates the same security standards into its DSS as the industry’s largest cloud service providers, allowing growers to rest assured that their data is protected.
AeroVironment’s cloud-based Decision Support System™ (DSS) is another exceptional tool that performs advanced image processing, analytics, comparative and historical reporting while providing actionable intelligence enabling the users to make smarter and quicker decisions. Eliminating the need for the user to spend their time in front of a computer stitching imagery together; AV DSS automatically aggregates all of their data making it easy for them to use and understand which can help improve operational efficiencies and increase profitability.