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Ascent Solar to support Silent Sentinel

THORNTON, Colo., May 26 (UPI) -- U.S. company Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. says its solar photovoltaic module will be used in a new hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle.

Ascent Solar announced it has teamed with Bye Aerospace Inc. to support the development of its Silent Sentinel hybrid-UAV technology. Silent Sentinel is designed to support evolving surveillance and reconnaissance operations by the defense and homeland security markets.

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Officials say the Silent Sentinel will be integrated with Ascent Solar's flexible thin-film solar photovoltaic modules to support endurance and quiet operations.

"Ultimately, (the Silent Sentinel) will provide advanced tactical reconnaissance functionality while utilizing a uniquely long endurance, highly capable tactical sensor platform that is operationally stealthy and cost-effective to operate," Charlie Johnson, Bye Aerospace chief operating officer, said in a statement.

"The unique characteristics of the Ascent Solar flexible modules allow us to design this UAV to become very energy efficient."

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