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Archangel Systems, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract to study the feasibility of a technical and forward-thinking solution for optimized vehicle loading: the Continuous Estimation of CG (Center of Gravity), Inertial and Loading (CECIL). The investigation will determine the sensors and algorithms for continuous monitoring of both CG and load. Simulated measurements and algorithms extracts total load, load distribution, CG in three dimensions, and how all three change throughout the mission, both during the loading process and during operation. Advanced algorithms detect signature changes in a vehicle’s dynamics in real time which are mapped to CG shifts and weight changes. This investigation compares optimized conventional methods of load sensors for weight estimation to the proposed inertial method to show a full picture of feasibility. Furthermore, algorithms project the vehicle dynamics forward in time and input the future vehicle state to a 3-D model for the vehicle’s stability along with the CG and loading measures. The model computes future rollover risk and alerts the crew before rollover is imminent.

For further information on Archangel’s products, contact Bill Dillard at (334) 826-8008 x14 or via our website at http://www.archangel.com/index.php/contact.

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, and Military applications. Areas of expertise include inertial sensor research, hardware and software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to any DAL criticality level. For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

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Archangel is pleased to announce that it was featured in an article in the local newspaper, the Opelika-Auburn News. In the article, writer Kristen Oliver reports that Archangel Systems, Inc. was recognized with a corporate citizen award by Auburn Mayor Bill Hamm at the Auburn City Council meeting on April 1, 2014. Phillip Dunlap, economic development director, nominated Archangel for the award. Dunlap explained that Archangel is one of eight companies in Alabama to receive the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award for excelling in international trade.

For further information on Archangel’s products, contact Bill Dillard at (334) 826-8008 x14 or via our website.

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, and Military applications. Areas of expertise include inertial sensor research, hardware and software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to any DAL criticality level. For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

Velocity Aerospace (Burbank, CA) and Archangel Systems (Auburn, AL) have signed a dealer agreement that authorizes Velocity to sell, service, and install Archangel products.The agreement focuses on Archangel’s line of sensing products, including the AHR150A Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS), AHR75 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS), AHR800 Supersonic ADAHRS, and AFC001 Flight Controller.

AHR800

With locations in Ft. Lauderdale, Burbank and the Van Nuys airport, Velocity Aerospace is a world class provider of aviation component repair and overhaul (MRO) services, installation and upgrade for aerospace systems, as well as component exchange programs to both operators and maintainers. Expanding its upgrade and modification projects is part of the growth strategy for 2014 and beyond.

Velocity Aerospace President Dennis Suedkamp stated, “We welcome the Archangel family of products into the Velocity Distribution and Installation teams. The Archangel product lines truly move Velocity and our aerospace customers rapidly into the forefront of the industry with these high quality, forward thinking and highly reliable components. The weight savings and cost savings along with the high reliability provide a very rapid return on investment.”

Velocity Aerospace has a global customer base of commercial air transports, corporate business aircraft, freight carriers, regional airlines, general aviation and helicopters. They also serve as an authorized stocking distributor for several aircraft instrument and component OEMs and industrial instrumentation OEMs.

From Bill Dillard, Archangel’s Director of Emerging Technology, “Archangel has done good work to date with aircraft OEMs. We are now teaming with dealers interested in modification projects and STCs. Velocity’s MRO experience provides tremendous visibility into upgrade opportunities. This agreement is an excellent fit for both companies.”

The Archangel ADAHRS and AHRS use MEMS sensors and sophisticated blending algorithms to yield "FOG-grade" performance at greatly reduced size, weight, power, and cost. The AHR800 is designed to operate in the extreme environments of supersonic aircraft with maximum indicated airspeeds of 850 knots. Bridging the gap between modern AHRS and legacy autopilots, the AFC001 provides efficient automatic flight control while converting ARINC 429 attitude data to dc control voltages.

For conversations with Velocity on aircraft modifications, please contact Josephine Demetriou at (818)333-5631 or use the contact page at the Velocity website: velocityaerospace.com

For further information on Archangel’s products, contact Bill Dillard at (334) 826-8008 x14 or via our website at www.archangel.com/about/contact.

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, & Military applications. Areas of expertise include inertial sensor research, hardware & software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to any DAL criticality level. For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

Archangel Systems was recently presented a Governor’s Trade Excellence Award by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. The award was presented to eight Alabama companies that are excelling in international trade.

Governor's Award“Alabama products are among the best in the country, and the companies recognized today show how successful Alabama products are reaching the global marketplace," Governor Bentley said. “In 2013 Alabama exports totaled $19.3 billion which represents a 57% increase since 2009.  The Export Alabama Alliance is connecting Alabama companies with exciting new opportunities, and that’s good business for this state.”

“The companies honored here today make up an important component of the state’s engine for growth, retention and job creation,” Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said.  “A sustained increase in exports plays a key role in Accelerate Alabama, the state’s strategic plan for economic development.”

The Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards Program was established in 2005 to recognize Alabama manufacturers and service companies for excelling in international trade.  The objectives of this program include identifying Alabama’s successful exporters, promoting exports as role models to the Alabama business community and increasing awareness of the impact of exporting on Alabama’s economy.

Archangel’s catalog of  “mission critical” FAA certified Air Data, Attitude, Heading Reference Systems (ADAHRS) and AHRS are key components for clients including the Boeing Company,  Australian Defence Force, Marenco Swisshelicopter, Erickson Air-Crane, and MD Helicopter. Archangel also supplies sensors which are embedded into products sold by other companies, including Aerosonics.

Archangel’s direct export sales increased from 1% of revenue in 2010 to 66 % in 2013.  In coming years, Archangel expects the largest share of its revenues to come from exports.  Export markets, as of January 2014, include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Panama, Switzerland, and United Arab Emirates. New export markets currently being targeted include France, Spain and South Korea.

For further information on Archangel’s products, contact Bill Dillard at (334) 826-8008 x14 or via our website at http://www.archangel.com/index.php/contact.

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, and Military applications. Areas of expertise include inertial sensor research, hardware and software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to any DAL criticality level. For additional information, please visit http://www.archangel.com/.

© 2014 Archangel Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Archangel Systems, Inc. announced today that it has been issued Patent No. 7,426,859 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the invention of a "Motion Sensor and Method for Detecting Motion".

A motion sensor may detect linear and/or angular acceleration and/or angular velocity of a body relative to one axis, two orthogonal axes or three orthogonal axes. Movement of the body or reference structure may be detected relative to one or more spinning rotors. The rotor(s) may be suspended for rotation and/or other movement relative to the reference structure without physical contacting the reference structure. In one embodiment, the rotor(s) may be electrostatically suspended in such a way that movement of the rotor(s) relative to the reference structure may be detected.

The inventors are Dr. Michael Greene, CEO and Mr. Victor Trent, Director of Engineering at Archangel Systems.

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, and Military Applications. Areas of expertise include sensor development, hardware & software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to the highest levels of criticality.

For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

Media Contact: 334-826-8008

Archangel Systems Inc. announced today it has been awarded a Phase IV contract to continue development of a Navigation Grade version of the MARS device and MARS-based Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), under the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Navigation Grade Integrated Micro-Gyroscope (NGIMG) program. 

The general purpose of this competitively awarded DARPA contract is to investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. The specific purpose is to develop a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) implementation of NGIMG, with the ultimate objective being the realization of tiny, low-power, rotation rate sensors capable of achieving performance commensurate with requirements for GPS-denied navigation of small platforms, including individual soldiers, unmanned (micro) air vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, and even tiny (e.g., insect-sized) robots. By harnessing the advantages of micro-scale miniaturization, the NGIMG program is expected to yield tiny (if not chip-scale) gyroscopes with navigation-grade performance characteristics Successful completion of this 54 month project will enable completely autonomous navigation without any reliance on GPS. Project goals are gyro bias stability of 0.1°/hr and angular random walk of 0.005°/hr in a one cubic cm package using less than 100mW of power for a six axis IMU.

NGIMG-enabled devices with characteristics similar to that listed above and achieved via low cost, batch fabrication methods are expected to enable a myriad of strategic capabilities. In particular, the sheer portability of the rotation rate sensors sought by the NGIMG program should introduce a host of new applications and deployment scenarios, including wearable inertial measurement units (IMU's) for dismounted warriors capable of GPS-denied navigation for lengthy periods; small IMU's for unmanned air and underwater vehicles, and for guidance of small, long-range munitions; and tiny IMU's for insect-like robots intended for a variety of future applications, including first warning perimeter sensing. Together with chip-scale atomic clocks (CSAC's) and location-tracking algorithms that harness additional kinetic information (e.g., biokinetic), chip-scale NGIMG's should allow man-portable dead-reckoning devices with unprecedented precision, with and without GPS. By enabling a swelling of applications, as illustrated above, miniaturization via NGIMG technology is expected to generate a need for high volume manufacturing that, together with wafer-level batch fabrication methods enabled by MEMS technology, should substantially lower the cost of miniature navigation systems, and thus, further fuel expansion of the application suite for NGIMG technology. 

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, and Military Applications. Areas of expertise include sensor development, hardware & software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to the highest levels of criticality. For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

Media Contact: 334-826-8008

Archangel Systems is pleased to announce the appointment of FMS Aerospace Ltd. as their Israeli distributor and marketing representative for commercial and military products, including the AHR150A and associated components. FMS Aerospace is a privately owned company established in 1999 which serves the local defense / home land security OEM's, the local UAV OEM's, the local business jet OEM's, the local aircraft/helicopters modification centers, the local airlines and the Israeli Armed Forces.  For further information, visit the FMS website at www.fmsaerospace.com.

Archangel Systems, Inc. is a private, closely held Alabama Corporation, headquartered in Auburn, Alabama. Formed in 1992, the company specializes in Inertial Sensing Systems & Solutions for Aerospace, Automotive, and Military Applications and power electronics for military and space applications.  Areas of expertise include power conversion and management, sensor development, hardware & software development, as well as FAA certification of both hardware & software to the highest levels of criticality. For additional information, please visit www.archangel.com.

Media Contact: 334-826-8008