Optical Alchemy Strengthens Management Team, Names Jennifer Richardson Vice President of Engineering to Address Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market

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Ms. Richardson will leverage her experience in systems engineering and product development to drive the company’s strong track record as a manufacturer and provider of products to address the unmet needs in the 5-50 lb. UAV payload market.

Optical Alchemy, Inc., the leading developer and manufacturer of ultra-light, inertial, stabilized sensor systems for unmanned vehicles, announced it appointed Jennifer Richardson as the Vice President of Engineering. In this position, Ms. Richardson will leverage her experience in systems engineering and product development to drive the company’s strong track record as a manufacturer and provider of products to address the unmet needs in the 5-50 lb. UAV payload market. Ms. Richardson brings over 20 years of R&D experience, and a history of doing business with military branches and associated research facilities, to Optical Alchemy, Inc. The news follows the company’s previous announcement regarding the availability of Optical Alchemy’s new, ultra-light, 2-Axis Sensor payload (i.e., gimbal / turret), the KJ-600, for field trials and deployment. KJ-600’s comprehensive and flexible payload includes an infrared camera (IR), visible zoom camera, laser marker, onboard IMU, GPS and digital compass. Options include a laser range finder (LRF). KJ-600 provides accurate longitude/latitude pointing, weighs only 4 lbs. with its enhanced integrated sensor payload, and allows for 50-60 lbs. of additional payloads, such as fuel, ammunition, or multiple sensors, in existing or new UAVs.

“Ms. Richardson’s addition will augment a seasoned team of engineering veterans as Optical Alchemy continues to experience unprecedented customer demand for the company’s products that serve our military clientele,” said Marc Daigle, President, Optical Alchemy, Inc. “Ms. Richardson will continue to drive our technology and product development strategy to provide the U.S. military with new capabilities to perform new missions in formerly denied areas on the battlefield,” Daigle added.

“I am extremely pleased to serve as Vice President of Engineering at Optical Alchemy, Inc.,” said Jennifer Richardson, Vice President of Engineering, Optical Alchemy, Inc. “I am honored to build and lead a diverse, world-class technology team that has achieved unprecedented initial success making products that fill the sensor void in the UAV market between the Dragon Eye and Shadow Class UAVs,” Richardson added.

Ms. Richardson previously served as Vice President of Engineering for Diversified Optical Products (DiOP), producing thermal imaging systems and optical products. Ms. Richardson has program management experience with large corporations such as Loral and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), as well as senior management experience with Alcatel (NYSE: ALA) and next generation communication equipment start-up organizations that grew through successful acquisition. Her technical expertise includes more than 20 years of experience in systems engineering and product development for infrared imaging systems, radiometers and missile seekers.

Optical Alchemy’s KJ-600 enables UAVs in the Shadow and smaller class to significantly improve their endurance and sensor payloads, thereby meeting the needs of many unmet missions. KJ-600 will follow open architecture standards such as STANAG 4568 and our IP based architecture supports future net-centric open communications requirements necessary for manned and unmanned vehicle communications needs.

About Optical Alchemy, Inc.

Optical Alchemy, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of ultra-lightweight, high performance stabilized sensor systems for unmanned vehicles. The company’s products will create a new level of persistence, enabling UAVs to dramatically expand mission ranges, save fuel, remain in the air for longer periods of time to patrol vast areas and carry additional sensors and ordinance.

The company’s small, ultra-light high performance stabilized sensor systems offer the payload flexibility, inertial stabilization and high pointing accuracy required for sense and respond missions. Optical Alchemy’s system provides configurable payloads including high resolution IR and visible sensors, laser range finder (LRF), laser marker, laser designator or a user-defined custom sensor suite. Onboard IMU, GPS, digital compass and the inertial control system provide accurate latitude/longitude/elevation pointing and, combined with the LRF, target mapping. For more information, visit http://www.uavpayloads.com or contact Joe Romano, Partner, HighGround, Inc. at 781-279-1320 x 208.

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