GILBERT, Ariz., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- You might think that the Yuma,
Arizona desert is the last place anyone would find an assortment of
revolutionary, futuristic technology. But at a secure, remote facility
located 90 miles north on the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground, the sweltering
sun rose last week on nearly 400 military employees and contractors
dedicated to pushing the limits of military air drop operations at the US
Army's Precision Air Drop Technology Conference and Demonstration.
This year the company to watch was STARA Technologies, Inc. a Gilbert,
Arizona based company in a weight range of its own that is applying an
entirely new spin on tactical air drop operations. "What makes STARA's
Mosquito guided parachute so unique is not only its weight class but its
mission," comments President Colin McCavitt. "The big boys are here to show
how many pounds of supplies they can get on the ground for the least amount
of money. STARA takes the opposite view, it's not how much we drop, it's
what we drop." At PATCAD 2007 STARA demonstrated two products that were
specifically designed to support highly sensitive Special Forces operations
overseas, a 150 pound resupply bundle and a five pound fake rock.
STARA's Chief Engineer Glen Bailey explains, "On the outside it's a
rock but on the inside it can be a sensor designed to listen for enemy
troops or sniff chemical weapons. It blends in with the local terrain and
we just showed the world that we can put it anywhere we want without any
And put it anywhere they did. During PATCAD 2007 STARA threw 3 five
pound fake rock sensors out of C-130 aircraft flying at 10,000 feet and
more than two miles away. The fake rocks landed within 10, 7 and 3 meters
from the desired impact point.
"These results are overwhelming," comments Joe McDaniel, STARA's lead
mechanical engineer on the air drop team. "To put it into perspective, the
next time you are on a commercial airplane and the pilot rings the bell
indicating that the aircraft is at 10,000 feet and you are allowed to turn
on your electronic devices, look out the window and pick any house below
and remember that STARA can put a sensor on it from where you are right
Unofficially STARA has secured first, second and third closest
distances during PATCAD and more than likely has the record for closest
landing for every PATCAD event conducted before this. An amazing feat for a
ten person company that receives zero funding from the US Army Air Drop
Office. McCavitt puts it best, "STARA brought the 3, 7 and the 10 to Yuma."
And finally the message has been heard. STARA was just awarded their
first contract with the US Army to expand the state of miniature air drop.
Through the US military Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) office
STARA will help the US Army deliver smart sensors to the battlefield to
help the soldier on the ground.
Colin McCavitt, President
STARA Technologies, Inc.
Tel: (480) 850 1555
Fax: (480) 850 1050
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