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Lockheed Picks North Atlantic Industries to Build VTOL Drone Navigation Tech; Kevin Renshaw Comments

Lockheed Picks North Atlantic Industries to Build VTOL Drone Navigation Tech; Kevin Renshaw Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Northrop landingA Lockheed Martin subsidiary has chosen North Atlantic Industries to produce flight control equipment for a vertical-takeoff-and-landing unmanned aerial system.

NAI will manufacture a navigation technology for the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System that is being built by Lockheed’s Skunk Works arm for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program, NAI said Thursday.

“ARES seeks to demonstrate several key technologies to achieve an operational VTOL system with a more compact footprint than those of conventional helicopters and couple this with higher cruise speeds,” said Kevin Renshaw, Skunk Works’ ARES senior principal engineer.

The UAS’ navigation system will feature a sensor interface architecture with simulation, communications and programmable controller functions, according to NAI.

NAI says the technology is intended to help Lockheed manage functionality based on ARES application needs.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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