Swarming “Smart Bomb” Precision Parachutes and 48-hour Long Endurance Powered Paraglider UAV to be Debuted by Atair Aerospace at the 2006 AUSA Annual Meeting

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Atair Aerospace (Atair) will exhibit its inventive Onyx™ precision guided parachute systems and LEAPP™ Long Endurance Autonomous Powered Paraglider UAV technologies at the 2006 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington October 9-11.

Atair Aerospace (Atair) will exhibit its inventive Onyx™ precision guided parachute systems and LEAPP™ Long Endurance Autonomous Powered Paraglider UAV technologies at the 2006 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington October 9-11.

Onyx systems are autonomously guided parafoil systems designed to allow military cargo to be parachuted from high altitudes of up to 35,000 ft, autonomously glide for 30+ miles, and land on a preprogrammed target—accurate to ~150 ft. Atair's Onyx systems set the state-of-the-art with Adaptive Control, Flocking/Swarming and Active Collision Avoidance capabilities. With this technology, multiple Onyx systems (50+) with payloads ranging from small ground sensors or small munitions to 2,200 lbs of mission-critical supplies can be deployed in the same airspace, guiding to one or multiple targets without the possibility of midair collisions. Atair is the first company in the world to successfully develop autonomous agent swarming UAVs. Atair was recently awarded a $3.2 million contract by the U.S. Army to supply Onyx systems.

Atair will also debut Long Endurance Autonomous Powered Paraglider (LEAPP) UAV technologies with display of the Micro LEAPP ISR UAV and LEAPP UAV. Micro LEAPP is a light-weight, small-scale version of Atair’s DARPA-funded LEAPP UAV. Micro LEAPP is designed for special operations intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Micro LEAPP can operate fully autonomously or be piloted by remote control via a portable base station computer and advanced software which allows continuous tracking, mission and flight planning, video and data downlink. Micro LEAPP is one-man deployable and transportable using a backpack. Mission critical features of Micro LEAPP include up to eight (8) hours of flight time and a max payload capacity of 50 lbs.

Atair’s DAPRA-funded full-scale LEAPP UAV, which is designed for loitering surveillance missions of 48-55 hours aloft, utilizes the largest elliptical paraglider wing ever built with a wing span over 112 ft. Maximum payload capacity for the LEAPP UAV is 2400 pounds inclusive of fuel.

Headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y., Atair Aerospace is a high-technology defense contractor dedicated to modernizing military and government logistics by creatively solving complex aerospace and engineering problems that integrate the state-of-the-art in parachute designs and guidance, navigation, and control systems. Atair Aerospace’s inventive products include the Onyx™ precision guided parachute system, the long endurance autonomous powered paraglider (LEAPP™) UAV, and the GPS-Integrated Inertial Navigation Unit (INU). Atair developed the Onyx precision guided parachute system under contract with the U.S. Army, and the LEAPP UAV under contract with DARPA.

Atair Aerospace will be available for questions and technology demonstrations at Booth #4511 during the 2006 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition.

For more information, contact Rick Zaccari at Atair Aerospace or visit the Atair website at http://www.atairaerospace.com.

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