AeroVironment Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, has announced its MacCready Works lab has donated automated Quantix hybrid drones, spare parts and AeroVironmentâ€™s Decision Support System analytics software to West Point to support the military academyâ€™s Center for Innovation and Engineering and Geography and Environmental Engineering Department.
â€śMacCready Works is a focal point for AeroVironmentâ€™s continuous innovation, focusing on relentless problem solving and doing what has never been done before,â€ť said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. â€śWe are fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with and support the prestigious West Point Military Academy as we work together to advance unique and innovative solutions using the Quantix system.â€ť
West Point cadets will deploy two Quantix systems as part of the collaboration. The Quantix system is a fully integrated drone, sensor and software information solution for collecting and using aerial imagery that is as easy to use as an app.
The droneâ€™s robust hybrid VTOL technology allows Quantix to operate effectively in a variety of conditions, so cadets can collect data and create actionable intelligence when and where they need to.
This donation is part of AeroVironmentâ€™s ongoing support for West Point cadets and the companyâ€™s commitment to supporting those who defend freedom. The company also hosts West Point cadets as interns at AeroVironmentâ€™s California facilities and hopes to collaborate on future projects with West Point.
Further supporting American troops and first responders, AeroVironment offers a rebate on the purchase of a new Quantix and AVDSS ecosystem bundle to active and veteran United States military personnel and active and retired law enforcement and fire fighters and their immediate families.