AIAA Atlanta Section Meeting
September Dinner Social with Nick Alley, CEO of Area-I
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Georgia Grown UAV, the Area-I PTERA
Under contract from NASA and a supporting grant from the Center for Innovation for Aerospace, Area-I, Inc. developed an advanced UAV, the Prototype Technology Evaluation Research Aircraft (PTERA), to test a wide range of cutting edge aerospace technologies. The resulting UAV is a showcase for the capabilities of the aerospace industry in Georgia:
*Area-I (Kennesaw, GA) led the overall UAV design and systems integration;
*Georgia Tech Research Institute (Atlanta, GA) contributed the powered lift aerodynamic technologies;
*Middle Georgia College Aviation School (Eastman, GA) built the advanced composite airframe;
*Aerospace Fabrications of Georgia (Dallas, GA) supplied high precision machined parts.
Initial flight testing of the prototype UAV occurred at Middle Georgia College Aviation at Heart of Georgia Regional Aiorport in July 2012. These successful flight tests proved the basic airworthiness of the UAV prior to additional flight tests by NASA at Dryden Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. Mr. Alley will present the history of the PTERA program, current status, and future plans for additional tests and airframes.
About the Speaker:
Mr. Nicholas Alley is the Chief Executive Officer at AREA-I, Inc. located in Kennesaw, Georgia. Area-I focuses on innovative technologies that enhance aircraft performance and capability through the use of advanced aerodynamics, guidance systems, simulation, and sensing technologies. Furthermore, Area-I personnel have extensive experience with research, design, and flight-testing of unmanned and manned aircraft. Area-I offers low-cost flight test platforms, UAS collision aviodance systems, atmospheric energy harvesting guidance systems, and highly capable flight computing and data acquisition systems. Previously, Mr. Alley served as the Chief Technical Officer for Aerotonomy, Inc., and as a researcher at the Georgia Tech Advanced Design Systems Laboratory and Idaho National Lab focusing on UAV tehnologies. Nick received his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University in 2006.
Come join us for dinner to learn more.
5:30 PM Social Hour
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Program
The cost and location are TBD.
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