Media Alert – Alta Devices to Reveal Its New Solar Solution for Stratospheric Flight at XPONENTIAL

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    HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) UAVs and HAPS (High Altitude
    Pseudo-Satellites) are massive aircraft, often with wingspans as
    large as a Boeing 747, that rely on solar power to remain aloft
    for multiple weeks, or even months, at a time. The stratosphere,
    at an altitude of 20 kilometers (60,000 feet), poses unique
    engineering challenges to aircraft due to its harsh conditions.
    For these innovative aircraft to fly successfully, they require
    disruptive technologies such as new types of sensors, batteries,
    materials, software, and wing designs. Until now, solar technology
    designed specifically to meet the unique needs of these aircraft
    did not exist. Recently, however, Alta
    announced its new solar product, Alta
    Devices Anylight™ Solar for HALE



    Alta Devices has a history of world-class innovation with its
    world record-breaking solar technology, designed to power
    autonomous systems. Its Anylight™ Solar for HALE UAVs technology
    is high efficiency, lightweight, and flexible. It extends
    endurance and range by providing more power to batteries, and can
    also power additional payload. This solar technology can be simply
    applied to aircraft surfaces. Alta Devices Anylight™ Solar for
    HALE UAVs is designed specifically to power stratospheric flight.


    HALE UAVs and HAPS are an important new aircraft category and can
    include airplanes, airships, and/or balloons that are designed to
    fly at altitudes of 20 kilometers (60,000 feet) for extended
    periods of time. In addition to being used for a variety of
    communications (such as cell phone connectivity and others), these
    aircraft can be used for intelligence, surveillance, and
    reconnaissance (ISR), search and rescue, border patrol, mapping,
    and many other applications. Solar power is critical for these
    aircraft, particularly because the objective is to fly for years
    without refueling.



    Flight at this altitude demands solar technology that is different
    from the type used in terrestrial installations or space. For
    example, at 60,000 feet, ultraviolet radiation from the sun is
    more intense than on the earth’s surface. Unlike in space with
    zero gravity, the generation of lift is important for
    stratospheric vehicles. In order to allow the aircraft to carry a
    useful payload and enough batteries for night flight, the solar
    technology used must be extremely light-weight. In contrast to
    both terrestrial and space applications, at 60,000 feet,
    mechanical stresses during flight can be very tough on the
    aircraft surface and solar panels, so the solar material must be
    flexible and durable.

    Where and When:


    April 30 – May 2, 2019 | McCormick Place |
    Chicago, IL

    Alta Devices Booth: #431

    Exhibition and discussion of solar technology for unmanned
    systems. Alta Devices will discuss why breakthrough solar
    solutions for stratospheric UAVs are not the same as terrestrial
    or space solar. This will include details about its latest
    product, Alta Devices Anylight™ Solar for HALE UAVs, the first
    solar technology designed for stratospheric flight. Also on
    display, will be UAV solar wing segments, solar modules, and
    information on Alta Devices technology.


    Study: How the NRL Flew the Hybrid Tiger Using Alta’s Solar Power

    Monday April 29, 4:00pm – 4:30pm| Room S404a
    Ian Murray- Engineer, Alta Devices

    The main limitation currently facing the UAV market is the short
    flight time of these aircraft. Alta solar cells offer a way to
    capture energy while flying without compromising the weight, size,
    or maneuverability of an aircraft. Researchers at the U.S. Naval
    Research Laboratory (NRL) chose Alta Devices thin, flexible, GaAs
    technology to integrate into the surface of a UAV wing to achieve
    extended flight time. This discussion will cover the integration
    process and the test flight results.


    Discussion: Flying High: The Latest Developments in High Altitude

    Wednesday May 1, 3:00pm – 4:00pm| Room S402a
    Rich Kapusta- CMO and Head of Sales, Alta Devices

    Significant developments are being made in the HALE UAV and HAPS
    field as these systems prove their worth delivering persistent
    coverage for telecommunications, public safety missions, and
    internet connectivity. Hear from companies leading in the
    development of these platforms and the enabling technologies that
    support them.

    Panelists include: Rich Kapusta – Alta Devices (Moderator), Nigel
    Chandler – AIRBUS Defence and Space, Martin Topping – BAE Systems,
    Matt Ciuca – Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation.


    About Alta Devices: Alta
    is empowering autonomy by delivering the world’s most
    efficient, thin and flexible mobile power technology. By converting
    light of any kind into electricity, Alta Devices AnyLight™ power
    technology extends the energy source of a system, and in many cases,
    completely cuts the traditional power cord. The solution can be
    completely integrated into the final system, and is ideal for use in
    automotive, unmanned systems, satellites, consumer electronics, sensors
    or anywhere size, weight, and mobility matter. Alta Devices holds world
    records for energy conversion efficiency and is headquartered in
    Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, visit
    Alta Devices is a Hanergy company.

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    respective companies.


    For press information contact:
    Abigail Johnson
    (650) 395-7078

    For customer information contact:
    Rich Kapusta, Chief
    Marketing Officer
    Alta Devices
    (408) 585-2050
    [email protected]