The Navy, NASA, and AeroVironment Inc. plan to propose an advanced concept technology demonstration (ACTD) in which a variant of AeroVironment's solar-powered Helios unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) would be used to extend the communication range of ships at sea. Dubbed "TheaterNet," the partners hope the project will be chosen by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as a fiscal year 2004 ACTD, according to AeroVironment Vice President Bob Curtin. After being deployed to the ...

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