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MicroLink Devices Powers Successful Stratospheric Flight of Airbus Defence and Space Zephyr S HAPS Solar Aircraft

By admin In UAV News

17

Oct
2018

MicroLink Devices Powers Successful Stratospheric Flight of Airbus Defence and Space Zephyr S HAPS Solar Aircraft

MicroLink Devices extends its congratulations to the Zephyr team of Airbus Defence and Space for the successful launch and landing of the maiden flight of the next-generation Zephyr UAV that flew more than 25 days continuously without refueling, setting a new long-endurance flight record.

The Zephyr platform is a new class of unmanned air vehicle that operates as a high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) enabling affordable, persistent, local satellite-like services. Running exclusively on solar power, the Zephyr aircraft holds world records for absolute endurance as well as altitude, flying at 70,000 feet or higher. This stratospheric platform can fly for months at a time and combines the persistence of a satellite with the flexibility of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It is expected to be used in a wide range of emerging applications including maritime surveillance and services, border patrol missions, communications, forest fire detection and navigation.

MicroLink Devices provides a lightweight and flexible, high-efficiency solar sheet technology that is an enabling technology for electrically powered UAVs and satellites that have significant area and weight constraints. The combination of high-efficiency and low mass enabled by MicroLink’s epitaxial lift-off (ELO) inverted metamorphic multi-junction (IMM) solar cells provides superior performance unmatched by any other solar cell technology.  The latest generation of MicroLink solar sheets has specific powers exceeding 1,500 W/kg and areal powers greater than 350 W/m2. The development of MicroLink’s ELO technology was sponsored over the past decade by numerous US agencies including NASA, DARPA, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, NAVAIR, Army Research Office, Army REF, CERDEC, and the Department of Energy/NREL.

“We are very grateful to have had the opportunity over the past decade to participate in the Zephyr development effort,” said Dr. Noren Pan, President and CEO of MicroLink Devices. “The recent Zephyr flight is a remarkable accomplishment by Airbus and is an exciting beginning to a new stratospheric unmanned aircraft platform. It also represents the first long-endurance flight of a HAPS aircraft powered by ELO IMM solar cells and an important validation of this technology.”

Sophie Thomas, Airbus HAPS Program Director stated, “Our collaboration with MicroLink Devices in the application of their ELO solar sheet technology to the Zephyr has been important to the success of the HAPS program. The high specific power of MicroLink’s solar sheets enables the Zephyr to fly uninterrupted in the stratosphere which would not be possible with lower performance solar cell technology. This will further extend the capability and utility of the Zephyr platform for our customers.”

About MicroLink Devices: 
MicroLink Devices is an American-owned, ISO 9001 certified company located in Niles, IL and founded in 2000.  MicroLink has specialized in the growth of epitaxial structures that are used to make the high-performance transistors and power amplifiers that are essential to the high-speed communications industry.  Over the last ten years, MicroLink has been a prime federal contractor on projects to develop compound semiconductor solar cells, detectors, lasers, and high-speed transistors.  MicroLink Devices’ ELO IMM technology is transitioning rapidly into volume production to meet emerging opportunities for high-efficiency, thin and flexible solar sheets for aircraft and space applications.

MicroLink Devices Link:  http://www.mldevices.com

Airbus Zephyr Link: https://www.airbus.com/defence/uav/zephyr.html

Published at Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:47:30 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}Kittyhawk: Where Flight Happens (Even In Controlled Airspace)

Now Offering LAANC as an FAA-Approved UAS Service Supplier

For months and months, our customers have been hounding us about LAANC, including customers that recently became investors. While listening to ideas and feature requests, we were heads down building and coding (aside from the occasional trip to DC to meet with the FAA :). Today we’re excited to announce that native LAANC authorizations are live available in the Kittyhawk platform, opening up more than 30,000 square miles of controlled airspace for drone flights.

As you might expect from us, we’ve rethought LAANC from the ground up. For both our enterprise customers and extensive community of commercial 107 operators, a LAANC authorization is more than about speed. Without context to your flights, your fleet, and your operations, the value of a LAANC authorization is lost. We’re making LAANC authorizations actionable, enforceable, and visible across your organization in real-time.

Within our new LAANC UI, you’ll experience new designs with a quick yet compliant flow to apply for LAANC. When creating your flight plan, you’ll experience brand new Kittyhawk maps with data sources pulled directly from FAA-approved sources. Don’t be surprised if you can’t help but smile as you go through the flow.

After you’ve applied for LAANC, you’ll have had a complete and detailed record of both past and pending authorizations with easy access to your FAA reference code. We’ve designed an intuitive timeline so that you can see the history and state changes of a request. We’ve built screens so that you can view the flight plan, compliance details, as well associated airports and airspace. Basically all of the detailed history and reporting that you’ve come to love from Kittyhawk.

As the skies open for Kittyhawk and our customers, we took some time to think about the the platform we’ve built, the role we’re playing in moving the industry forward, and ultimately what Kittyhawk stands for — both in the present and for the decades to come. Without belaboring team off sites and design sprints, we can sum it up in three words:

Where Flight Happens™

The problem for most commercial drone programs is that flight is happening everywhere for them. Multiple tools and technologies, each with their own security policies, contracts and data sources. We want to become the single source of record for commercial drone flight. One place to do everything from flight-to-flight operations, so drones can become more like other tools in the workplace. They’re safe to use, the data moves where it needs to, and ROI is clear and sustainable.

Over the past few months, we’ve had some very exciting and transformational developments. We closed a round of funding with some awesome new investors, including Boeing HorizonX, followed by an investment from Travelers Insurance. We’ve been hiring like mad, and our team is growing across the board (PS, we’re hiring 🙂. Though perhaps no bigger moment happened for our team, the company, and our customers than becoming an FAA-Approved UAS Service Supplier.

The skies are opening for all of us, and it was with this energy that we wanted to evolve the Kittyhawk brand. We’re changing on the inside, and our public face should fit with where we’re going. We love (present tense) the Kittyhawk “K”, but Kittyhawk embodies more than a letter. When we started the company, it was important to us to give a nod to where flight began. With the launch of LAANC, we’re releasing a new look, new colors, and a new mark for the company.

Different people will see and feel different things from our logo. In my mind, we’ve found a four-dimensional representation of flight. A modern day version of the infinity symbol, with ties to a Celtic knot. Inherent in this mark is transportation, flight routes, traffic, directions, and a virtual bridge. Plus, if you look hard enough, you can still find a “K”… Oh, and a new green. Check it all out at https://kittyhawk.io

Published at Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:41:43 +0000

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