Ascent Solar Enters Collaboration for Solar-Driven UAS

Ascent Solar Technologies has recently declared its partnership with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies and Bye Aerospace for delivering its lightweight, versatile copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaics that will drive the Silent Falcon unmanned aerial system (UAS).

Silent Falcon refers to a small tactical UAS drone, portable and convenient for extended intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Silent Falcon was launched at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference in Las Vegas recently. It marks the integration of multiple new technologies like ASTI’s flexible photovoltaic modules establishing a quiet and rapidly used platform serving a wide range of military and civilian applications. Designed with three wing configurations supporting varied mission profiles, each Silent Falcon system can be adopted for 30 modules.

According to the CEO of Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, John W. Brown, at present, small or tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have been promised with an emerging global military and public safety agency market. These markets represent sales that surpass multiple hundred units per year. As the working potential of UAS has been reflected through their adoption in these markets in addition to studying the FAA rules for domestic commercial, civilian use, there will be increase in the market size and volume of annual units sold.

According to Ascent Solar’s President and CEO, Victor Lee, partnership with Silent Falcon promotes the product’s value. With lightweight and versatile feature, the product can help meet the demands existing in multiple markets. The expansion of emerging electric drone market supports a wide range of applications from military to disaster relief with rapid and safe recovery and deployment.


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