Battlespace Acquires Unmanned Systems Alaska

USAK will extend Battlespace's capabilities and support to the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

Battlespace, Inc. of Arlington, Virginia, announces its acquisition of Unmanned Systems Alaska, LLC of Fairbanks, Alaska. Battlespace has acquired Unmanned Systems Alaska to optimize its support to the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, in the support of the newly designated Pan Pacific RPA Test Range Complex research and test site operator. As lead of the Pan Pacific RPA Test Range Complex, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, was one of six test site-centers chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Jerry Norris and Robin Battaglini cofounded Battlespace in 1993. "This acquisition at the over two decade history of our company follows the evolution and maturity of our company and Unmanned Aircraft Systems as their widening implementation in commercial airspace and difficult environments like the Arctic, requires the development of well tested processes and full integration with the National Airspace," said Robin Battaglini.

Battlespace, Inc. has selected Mr. Greg Foscue to take the stick as President of Unmanned Systems Alaska and to direct operations from Fairbanks. Greg brings three decades of aviation experience to his new position. From his new position, Greg says, "I am truly excited to get started beginning with support to Alaska in meeting the technical, environmental, privacy, and regulatory challenges associated with safely operating unmanned aircraft in our nation's airspace."

Unmanned Systems Alaska will provide scientific, engineering, and programmatic services with RPA in specific areas related to space physics and aeronomy, atmospheric sciences, satellite and space sciences, snow, ice, and permafrost, seismology, volcanology, and tectonics and sedimentation; and in the research development, tests and evaluation of RPA. As a subject matter expert the Battlespace Team can provide mission and technical support; build and certify RPA programs for civil, commercial, and government entities; liaise with the FAA; provide every sort of logistic support; and operate and maintain test site systems. Foscue adds, "Unmanned Systems Alaska's highest goal is to assist the University in establishing a world-class RPA Flight Test and Training Center."

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