Congratulations to General Atomics Aeronautical on the Successful Atlantic Crossing of SkyGuardian

August 24, 2018

Delta Digital Video is honored to be part of the successful transatlantic crossing of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.’s (GA-ASI’s) prototype MQ-9B SkyGuardian. The SkyGuardian, remotely piloted aircraft system, touched down at RAF Fairford on the eve of the Royal International Air Tattoo after a milestone crossing.

The aircraft has become the first Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to cross the Atlantic, flying from Grand Forks, North Dakota, GA-ASI’s flight test and training center, to Fairford in 24 hours, 2 minutes, landing shortly before 7 p.m. on July 11. Additionally, it has become the first UAS to operate in British airspace controlled via satellite communications.

The mission included Delta Digital Video’s Model 6820R 2-Channel HD / SD Rugged Video Encoder. Delta Digital Video’s Model 6820R supports up two channels of video with resolutions up to 1080p and multiplexes them with metadata and other system information for real-time video transmission and recording applications. Designed for any airborne or ground-mobile application, specifically military ISR missions, the 6820R is qualified to MIL-STD-810/461/704 and compliant with the Full-motion Video (FMV) standards developed by the U.S. Government’s Motion Imagery Standards Board (MISB) and STANAG. View the datasheet to learn more about the Model 6820R.