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Disruption in Space

The space market is currently experiencing disruption. New technology, new players, new business models and new demand is shaking up what was traditionally a conservative, expensive, risky and slow-paced industry. Record investment is pouring into space companies on a wave of excitement and race to grab market share. In 2015 [...]

August 4, 2017|

Alta Devices Joins Elite High Altitude Leadership Group

Upper Airspace Working Group (UAWG) Alta Devices and other leaders in high altitude technology have initiated the Upper Airspace Working Group (UAWG). This exciting group will work to tackle the challenges and opportunities associated with high altitude missions. The UAWG’s founding members are Facebook, Boeing, Google, Harris, Lockheed Martin, Northrup [...]

July 14, 2017|

Adding Solar To Your UAV Just Got Easier

Many aircraft companies are incorporating solar into their initial UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or drone design or retrofitting it to their UAV wings by customer request. Why add solar to a UAV? The benefits include increased endurance, increased power and greater capabilities. This translates to the ability to fly longer [...]

May 24, 2017|

Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)

One of the most exciting policy changes currently being discussed in the UAV industry is the extension of flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). BVLOS flights are important because they can allow UAVs to cover much greater distances thereby improving the economics and feasibility of most commercial operations. These [...]

April 23, 2017|

Alta Devices hosts Bob Parks (Aurora Flight Sciences)

Last night Alta Devices hosted the February meeting of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AUVSI. AUVSI is the Association of Unmanned Vehicles and the largest body representing the UAS industry. Bob Parks, Sr. Technical Fellow at Aurora Flight Sciences, gave a fascinating talk as the night’s guest presenter. Beginning as a [...]

March 2, 2017|

Alta’s Solar Technology to Power C-Astral’s Next Generation UAVs

Alta Devices and C-Astral announced that Alta’s world-record-breaking solar technology is going to be powering C-Astral’s next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Alta devices produces the world’s thinnest, lightest, and most efficient single and dual junction solar material in the world. When incorporated into C-Astral’s newest UAV, this technology [...]

November 11, 2016|

Highlights from the UAS TAAC Conference

Last week Alta Devices participated in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technical Analysis and Applications Center Conference (TAAC) in New Mexico. This is an annual conference for members of the UAS community and is now in its 17th year. Attendees included DoD, NASA, DHS, NOAA, FAA, BLM, USGS, AIA, academics, [...]

August 7, 2016|

New FAA Ruling for Commercial Drones Will Accelerate Industry Growth

The FAA has announced new rules for the small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry that will go into effect in August 2016. These regulations (Part 107) apply to non-hobbyist drones that weigh less than 55kg, fly below 400 feet and at speeds below 100mph. Under the new rules, UAS pilots [...]

July 14, 2016|

Congratulations to Solar Impulse 2

On Saturday April 23rd, Solar Impulse 2 crossed the Pacific completing its ninth leg on a journey around the world without using a drop of fuel. This journey marks a new era in aviation – one that is based entirely on renewable energy. On behalf of everyone at Alta Devices, [...]

April 28, 2016|

Enabling Autonomous Applications for IoT

This week, Alta Devices and Analog Devices announced they have collaborated on pairing two highly energy efficient components together. These components are the new Analog Devices energy harvesting power management unit (PMU) and Alta Devices solar cells. Alta Devices holds the world record for solar efficiency at 28.8%, and at [...]

February 26, 2016|

Alta Devices Interview at IDTechEx Energy Harvesting & Storage

Alta Devices presented and exhibited at the recent IDTechEx Energy Harvesting and Storage event. Topics included consumer electronics, sensors, Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, transportation and industrial automation. In this video from the event, Rich Kapusta details the gallium arsenide-based solar technology that Alta Devices manufactures in Silicon Valley. [...]

February 8, 2016|

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