Aeryon Labs Partners with Protonex to Deliver In-field Battery Charging Solution for Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS

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Aeryon sUAS military operators can now rapidly charge Aeryon SkyRanger batteries in the field using lightweight Protonex intelligent power management kits

Aeryon SkyRanger Flying

“The new charging solution for Aeryon SkyRanger batteries addresses a common challenge faced by military small UAS operators,” said Dave Kroetsch, President and CEO of Aeryon Labs Inc.

Aeryon Labs Inc., the leading provider of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for military, public safety, and commercial applications, and Protonex Technology Corporation (http://www.protonex.com/), a leader in intelligent power management solutions for soldiers and Marines today announced the development of an in-the-field battery charging solution for the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS. This new lightweight charging solution enables an operator to rapidly charge Aeryon SkyRanger batteries using Protonex SPM (Squad Power Manager) and VPM (Vest Power Manager) intelligent power management kits and eliminates the weight of a dedicated sUAS charger.

The need for military operators to keep SkyRanger batteries charged during demanding and often remote operations can introduce significant challenges. Wall sockets are rarely available, and personnel need to take advantage of any accessible source of power such as solar cells, car batteries, and single-use batteries including BA-5590 or BA-5390. The Protonex power managers enable SkyRanger batteries, as well as radio, laptop, and other tactical and civilian batteries, to be charged simultaneously from any available power source, delivering maximum operational uptime, while reducing the need to carry multiple batteries or transport large charging systems.

Protonex is the leading provider of intelligent power management products to the U.S. military, having deployed thousands of lightweight SPM and VPM alternative energy kits to the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corp, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. National Guard, as well as to coalition partners worldwide.

“The new charging solution for Aeryon SkyRanger batteries addresses a common challenge faced by military small UAS operators,” said Dave Kroetsch, President and CEO of Aeryon Labs Inc. “This new offering helps the operator move fast and adapt to changing conditions, and is just one example of how we continue to invest in our class-leading sUAS through both in-house R&D and key technology partnerships such as the one with Protonex.”

”Protonex is pleased to work with partners, like Aeryon Labs, that bring unique capabilities to our warfighters,” elaborated Phil Robinson, Protonex Vice President of Defense Power Systems. “By leveraging power management capabilities that they are already carrying, these operators can deploy new technologies like the SkyRanger without carrying a plethora of new chargers and converters.”

The field charging solution for the Aeryon SkyRanger, compatible with Protonex VPM and SPM units, will be available for purchase from both Aeryon Labs and Protonex in Q4 2015.

To learn more about this solution, visit Aeryon Labs at DSEI 2015, Booth N4-113, September 15-18th.

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