KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL--(Marketwire - Nov 17, 2011) - World Surveillance Group Inc. (OTCBB: WSGI), a developer of lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicles ("UAVs") and related technologies, announced today that the Argus One UAV, equipped with a newly developed pod bay and integrated propulsion unit, has successfully completed a series of flight tests in preparation for upcoming flight tests and demonstrations at the Oklahoma Training Center - Unmanned Systems in Lawton, Oklahoma and the U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Test Site. The flight tests were conducted under tower control at Easton Airport by WSGI's technical partner Eastcor Engineering ("ECE").
The newly developed pod bay was re-designed and constructed with new electronics, a more powerful propulsion unit and improved propeller functionality for better handling and maneuverability. It is outfitted with proprietary electronics, including custom built PC-boards running newly developed command and control software that was architected specifically for the Argus One UAV platform. The pod bay continues to be designed to be "plug and play" for swift and easy integration of different payloads for various airship applications and missions.
The recent flight exercises in Maryland included various tests on the newly developed pod bay and integrated propulsion system. The Argus One airship was flown and monitored for two hours with no evidence of fatigue or stress resulting from the integration of the new pod bay and propulsion system. In these flight test exercises, the Argus One airship demonstrated significantly more maneuverability and an improved ability to withstand the winds while aloft.
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