DEVELOPER OF UNMANNED SPY PLANE GETS AWARD.Byline: Daily News
General Atomics Aeronautical aer·o·nau·tic also aer·o·nau·ti·cal
Of or relating to aeronautics.
aero·nau Systems received the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum Current Achievement Trophy for the development of the Predator unmanned spy plane.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., received the trophy - a miniature version of ``The Web of Space'' by sculptor John Safer - at a Nov. 14 ceremony at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
The trophy is on display at the museum. President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Cassidy Jr. accepted the award.
Established in 1985, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in scientific or technological endeavors relating to air and space technology and exploration.
Predator is controlled by operators on the ground. The aircraft, modified to carry the Hellfire hell·fire
The fire of hell, considered as punishment for sinners.
the torment of hell, imagined as eternal fire
Noun 1. air-to-surface missile, was the first unmanned aircraft to fire offensive weapons against enemy forces
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems produced the Predator for the U.S. Air Force and the Italian Air Force
``We developed the original Predator in name only back in 1988. Little did we know that the original Predator name would evolve to what it is today - an essential contributor to our national defense and war on terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act ,'' Cassidy said during the award ceremony.
``The future is now for the UAV UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
UAV Unmanned Air Vehicle
UAV Unmanned Aerospace Vehicle
UAV Unmanned Airborne Vehicle
UAV Uninhabited Air Vehicle
UAV Urban Assault Vehicle
UAV Unpiloted Aerial Vehicle (less common) industry but only because Predators are the systems that have made it happen from numerous locations worldwide.''
The museum's announcement of the award said the significance of unmanned aerial vehicles
In the past, obtaining reconnaissance information over enemy territory was extremely risky, the museum said. Loitering Loitering (IPA pronunciation: ['lɔɪtəˌrɪŋ] is an intransitive verb meaning to stand idly, to stop numerous times, or to delay and procrastinate. above combat zones has traditionally held even greater risks for the pilot and crew.
``Predator's reliability and capability have allowed the relocation of the operators to safe locations,'' the museum announcement said.
``Development of the Predator and its follow-on system, the prop jet- powered Predator-B, are finally achieving a goal set more than 50 years ago to save lives by removing aviators from immediate danger over enemy targets,'' the museum announcement said.