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Global Aerial Surveillance Secures Facility to Develop Composite Materials

  • Friday, 22nd July 2005
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Global Aerial Surveillance, a developer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for both commercial and military applications, has secured a new manufacturing and administrative space in Nevada to harness composite materials technology.

The facility consists of corporate office space and over 2500 square feet of development and manufacturing area. The new facility is located at: 6012 Topaz, Las Vegas, Nevada

Global will take a new approach to the development of UAV technology by making use of advanced composite construction techniques and materials and incorporating the latest in ultra light high speed computer processors to deliver a flexible, mission-specific UAV to its customers that can perform various complex missions.

“”We intentionally located our new facility directly adjacent to McCarran International Airport and in close proximity to testing fields. The space provides us with the ability to develop and manufacture our products with room to grow,”” commented Craig T. Cervantes, CEO of Global Aerial Surveillance. “”We are excited about the myriad of opportunities present in our market. Both military and civilian applications for UAVs continue to increase. We hope to maximize our research and development activities and begin with our manufacturing and distribution, growth we can accommodate within this new facility.””

Frost & Sullivan, a research group in San Antonio, Texas, forecasts that the market for UAVs, will be worth nearly $5 billion by 2005. Michael Heinz, who heads Boeing’s Unmanned Systems unit and other executives at military contractors, sees an annual market of at least $10 billion by decade’s end, with growth continuing at double-digit rates for a decade or more.

One of Global’s current research projects is the E-Wraith production aircraft, which is an all purpose reconnaissance UAV that runs completely on electric power, with the airframe made from carbon and Kevlar composite materials. This highly aerodynamic unmanned drone can perform fully autonomous aerial surveillance missions up to 4 hours without landing for servicing.

Global Surveillance commented that one avenue they are exploring is developing hybrid fabrics such as Carbon/aramid applications for the body assemblies because of the higher strength of the aramid combined with the stiffness of the carbon fibre, that will make their aircraft bodies more durable for any kind of small bumps or mild collisions of any kind. “We want our aircraft bodies to be very durable in the field and using conventional materials like fibreglass just have not held up to the task.”

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