Wednesday September 5, 2012 0 comments
THORNTON - Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: ASTI) is collaborating with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies and Bye Aerospace to provide its lightweight, flexible copper-indium-gallium-diselenide photovoltaics to power the Silent Falcon Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), Ascent announced.
Silent Falcon is a small tactical UAS drone designed to be easily carried and used for longer-duration intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
Recently unveiled at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in Las Vegas, Silent Falcon represented the synergy of several new technologies -- including Ascent's flexible photovoltaic modules -- to provide a near-silent, rapidly deployed platform that has multiple military and civilian applications, ASTI said.
"We believe that today there is a large and growing global military and public safety agency market for small or tactical unmanned aircraft systems," said John W. Brown, Albuquerque-based Silent Falcon UAS Technologies' CEO.
"In these markets alone, sales exceeding several hundred units per year are possible. As their use in these markets proves their utility and functionality, and as the FAA rules for domestic commercial civilian use become more clear, we believe the market size and number of annual units sold could increase substantially."
"Our collaboration on Silent Falcon represents a key strength of our product, namely that its lightweight and flexible nature can address multiple markets, from consumer electronics to building integrated PV, and that our manufacturing process is sufficiently agile to support them simultaneously," said Victor Lee, Ascent Solar's president and CEO.
"We see this emerging electric drone market expanding rapidly, with applications ranging from military to disaster relief with rapid deployment and recovery with little risk to human life."
For more information, visit www.ascentsolar.com or www.SilentFalconUAS.com.