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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Mercury Computer Systems Introduces Complete UAV Solution for Cost-Effective Remote Sensing Applications

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CHELMSFORD, Mass., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced the fully integrated VistaNav(TM)-SSR (Smart Surveillance & Reconnaissance) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), which comprises a ground station, integrated VistaNav synthetic vision system, a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and various electronic sensor systems. Designed to drastically improve operational mission capabilities for airborne intelligence applications at an affordable cost, the VistaNav-SSR is the first Mercury end-to-end product offering to be pre-integrated with an airframe architecture.

The VistaNav-SSR is based on the Vector-LRE airframe from IntelliTech Microsystems, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of autonomous vehicle technologies for sea, air, and space applications. The Vector-LRE is a small UAV capable of either remote-control operation or fully autonomous flight, and of performing a wide range of day and night scientific and surveillance missions including oil and gas pipeline monitoring, forest fire detection and monitoring, oil and gas magnetic surveying, precision agriculture, and more. As a tactical-class UAV, the Vector-LRE provides an excellent payload-to-weight ratio that allows the integration of multiple payload, navigation, collision avoidance, and communication subsystems onboard.

Leveraging Mercury's 20+ years of experience in embedded computing and 3D visualization expertise, the VistaNav-SSR includes Mercury ACIP(TM) (Airborne Component Integration Processor) technology, which allows the integration of highly optimized airborne electronics and associated functions into a small, unmanned airframe.

"Building on the success of our VistaNav general aviation synthetic vision system, we are extending the benefits of 3D situational awareness to small unmanned aircraft systems," said Philippe Roy, Director and General Manager of the Navigation & Simulation Systems Group at Mercury. "VistaNav-SSR is an affordable, easy-to-use system that will enable customers to perform very high-performance missions while significantly minimizing human error and, more importantly, human fatalities in hazardous but necessary applications."

Some of the VistaNav-SSR functionality was successfully demonstrated last June with IntelliTech Microsystems, in a live fire detection and monitoring application sponsored by NASA and USFS at Fort Hunter Liggett Army Garrison, California.

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