General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has achieved a significant milestone in the world of unmanned aviation, showcasing the remarkable capabilities of its Aerial Recovery System for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Air-Launched Effects (SUAS/ALE).

On September 20, 2023, over Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, GA-ASI successfully demonstrated the deployment and retraction of a towline with a cutting-edge “smart end feature” from its MQ-20 Avenger Unmanned Aircraft System while in flight.

This groundbreaking demonstration showcased the seamless integration of a hoist from Breeze-Eastern, equipped with GA-ASI’s innovative smart end feature, into the payload bay of the Avenger.

Successful Integration of Smart End Feature

While the aircraft was in flight, the towline was expertly deployed to the ideal distance for aerial recovery.