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  • Atair - Press
    AS is revolutionizing the parachute industry with the development of composite textiles and manufacturing techniques Atair AS is using its Composite Parachute Technology reg CPT to develop highly efficient light weight parafoils with applications of great social consequence Atair AS s CPT is being implemented on autonomously guided parafoils for resupply and unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance in IRAQ Atair AS s autonomously guided parafoil systems were developed for the U S Army Natick Soldier Center NSC to transition the Army s current WWII era low altitude low accuracy high vulnerability airdrop practices into the 21st Century Existing airdrop methods expose air and ground troops to threat from insurgents inexpensive shoulder fired surface to air missiles SAMs Guided parafoil systems can be likened to a smart bomb but for safely delivering cargo Atair AS s systems can be air dropped at up to 35 000 ft autonomously glide over 30 miles and land cargo within 150 ft of a target thus saving lives and protecting assets Cargo for ground and special operations forces includes food and water medical supplies fuel munitions and other critical battlefield payloads In conjunction with the exhibit Preston will speak on Atair AS s enabling technologies

    Original URL path: http://www.atair.com/press/2005/04/smithsonian-spotlights-atair/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Atair - Press
    of biological systems to autonomously maneuver track and pursue evasive targets in a cluttered environment is vastly superior to any engineered system Atair AS is pioneering the development and implementation of flocking and active collision avoidance algorithms on Onyx autonomously guided parachute systems Atair AS technology was first tested December 16 18 in Eloy Ariz where a fleet of five Onyx systems were airdropped and successfully flocked in tight formation to target Onyx systems are autonomously guided parafoil systems designed to allow military cargo to be parachuted from high altitude and horizontal stand off and land accurately on target Atair AS developed the Onyx systems under contract with the U S Army Natick Soldier Systems Center Onyx systems can be dropped at up to 35 000 ft altitude autonomously glide for 30 miles and land on a preprogrammed target accurate to about 150 feet The importance of flocking and active collision avoidance towards the application of precision resupply is critical With this technology multiple systems 50 can be deployed in the same airspace guiding to one or multiple targets without possibility of mid air collisions Atair AS inventive technology has advanced the state of the art in guidance and control

    Original URL path: http://www.atair.com/press/2005/03/atair-aerospace-becomes-first-to/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Atair - Press
    Unmanned Vehicle Systems International AUVSI is the world s largest non profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems community AUVSI members include major government organizations industry and academic institutions Participants at the symposium will include Atair Aerospace Lockheed Martin General Dynamics BAE Systems Boeing Raytheon NASA the DoD the DoE and the FAA Atair Aerospace Inc is a Brooklyn based defense company dedicated to modernizing military and industrial

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  • Atair - Press
    skies when Austrian stuntman and skydiver Felix Baumgartner flew across the English Channel with nothing but a small carbon fiber wing strapped to his back and Atair parachutes to stop his hurtling 20 mile long freefall descent that reached top speeds of 220 mph Designed and manufactured by Atair Aerodynamics these high performance parachutes have won numerous awards and set world records in the parachute industry The rigid wing suit

    Original URL path: http://www.atair.com/press/2003/11/birdman-flies-atair-parachutes-across/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Atair - Press
    then autonomously navigates while gliding through the air at high speed until its landing parachute is deployed and the system touches down at a pre programmed coordinate on the ground New pictures of the Onyx System in flight are now available for viewing on Atair s website http www atairaerospace com onyx The new pictures detail the main guidance parafoil in action and the transition from guided parachute to landing

    Original URL path: http://www.atair.com/press/2003/10/onyx-system-caught-on-tape/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Atair - Press
    addition to government awarded funds of approximately 849 000 the Festo Corporation has Fast Tracked Atair s SBIR transition to Phase II funding with a 250 000 dollar investment The need for this technology is required now more than ever Precision airdrop will not only reduce risks to supply lines but also allow military forces to position supplies ahead of rapidly moving combat forces and deliver supplies covertly to Special Operation Forces without securing the airspace directly over the drop zone The proliferation of inexpensive surface to air missiles and anti aircraft guns gravely jeopardizes aircraft and personnel flying below 25 000 feet a significant problem since conventional military airdrop techniques require cargo to be released under round parachutes from altitudes below 1 500 feet for accurate placement In response to the critical strategic requirements of precision airdrop Atair has developed the Onyx System This recoverable and reusable delivery system can be deployed from an altitude of up to 35 000 feet and with an on board flight computer it can autonomously navigate cargo to a predetermined landing target This ensures the safety of delivery aircraft and personnel from hostile ground based fire Atair Aerospace is a Brooklyn based Defense

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  • Atair - Press
    International AUVSI is the world s largest non profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems community AUVSI members include major government organizations industry and academic institutions Participants at the symposium will include Atair Aerospace Lockheed Martin General Dynamics BAE Systems Boeing Raytheon NASA the DoD the DoE and the FAA Atair Aerospace Inc is a Brooklyn based defense company dedicated to modernizing military and industrial airdrop techniques through

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  • Atair - Press
    feet Speaking with National Defense Magazine about this problem Edward Doucette Director of Airdrop and Aerial Delivery at the Army Natick Soldier Center Mass stated that dumb airdrop the way we the Army do it today is at the mercy of the wind and accuracy is nonexistent In response to the critical strategic requirements of precision airdrop Atair AS has developed the Onyx System This recoverable and reusable delivery system can be deployed from an altitude of up to 35 000 feet and autonomously navigate its cargo to a predetermined landing target thus ensuring the safety of aircraft and personnel from hostile ground based fire After release from the aircraft the Onyx System employs an elliptical parafoil for initial deployment and guidance The navigation of the cargo to a predetermined landing zone is controlled by an on board flight computer that utilizes GPS and Inertial Navigation Sensor technology A second non guided parachute is then deployed at the lowest possible altitude for a soft landing The Onyx System is unique in that its design significantly reduces time aloft and vulnerability to wind It is also scalable to considerably heavier cargo weights than is feasible with other technologies The technological advances used to design this system have received multiple top awards been used to set multiple world records in the parachute industry and have led Atair AS to file more than 16 patents In order to meet RML goals the military will need the rapid accurate clandestine low cost and low vulnerability delivery of supplies to its troops In a presentation given by Edward Doucette during the 2003 Parachute Industry Association Symposium he stated that out of over 1000 initiatives in the U S military the development and implementation of guided parachute technology ranks 22 and of those top 22 guided

    Original URL path: http://www.atair.com/press/2003/06/atair-aerospace-transforms-precision/ (2016-04-26)
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