DRONELIFE first heard about Amprius Applied sciences, Inc. (NYSE: AMPX) at Industrial UAV Expo final 12 months. Amprius has a solution to some of the persistent issues in drone know-how: flight endurance and battery life. Amprius manufactures next-generation light-weight lithium-ion batteries with its Silicon Anode Platform. The corporate’s proprietary anode know-how allows the manufacturing of battery cells with power density ranges approaching twice the efficiency of present commercially obtainable graphite cells.
The corporate has had a giant win, offering a business degree cargo of Amprius drone batteries to AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) for the Switchblade 300 Block 20 loitering missile system. Additionally referred to as the “suicide drone,” the Switchblade 300 might show the case for placing Amprius batteries in additional business drone platforms.
The Amprius light-weight, excessive power density lithium-ion battery cells are anticipated to extend the flight time of the brand new Switchblade by no less than 50%, for longer flight endurance and prolonged loitering functionality.
“This partnership with AeroVironment additional validates the potential of our silicon anode know-how for superior aviation and protection purposes,” stated Dr. Kang Solar, Chief Government Officer of Amprius. “We look ahead to persevering with to work with the AeroVironment group to tremendously enhance flight time of their tactical missile programs.”
Amprius started delivering cell shipments as a provider to AeroVironment in 2022 and is fulfilling extra commitments for the longer term. AeroVironment is at the moment integrating Amprius cells into some protection merchandise and is a strategic investor within the Firm.
“Amprius’ battery cells have the ability capabilities to remodel the vary and mission time for our purposes,” stated Brett Hush, AeroVironment’s vp and product line common supervisor of tactical missile programs. “This functionality might enable operators to deploy loitering missile programs from a higher vary to determine threats and ship a precision deadly payload with minimal collateral results.”
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