SOURCE: Ascendant Engineering Services

June 12, 2012 15:17 ET

Ascendant Engineering Services Receives Patent for Small Arms Weapon Shock Simulator

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Jun 12, 2012) - Ascendant Engineering Services (AES) announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company a patent (U.S. No. 8,166,797) for its Small Arms Weapon Shock Simulator (WSS).

AES ( has already sold nearly a dozen of the WSS systems, which were made available last year to the U.S. Military and to other companies that sell products and services to the defense industry.

The patent will not only protect the company, but create a framework for growth.

"In the year since we launched the WSS, we have received tremendous feedback from customers and prospective customers about additional ways that we could use this technology to create new products that would gain immediate traction in the defense industry," said Jon Noeth, co-founder and President of the company. "The patent gives us the comfort to move forward on some of those initiatives."

Fans of the company and others will be watching.

The WSS has already been featured in articles in Design World, the Austin American-Statesman, and KVUE, the local ABC affiliate in Austin.

Earlier this month, AES Principal Greg Mooty presented on the WSS at the prestigious NDIA Joint Armaments Conference, which was held in Seattle, Washington. The following presentation was made:

"These are exciting times at AES," said Noeth. "Ascendant has grown from Austin's largest contract-engineering firm to a company that also capitalizes on market opportunities, like the need for a product like the WSS."

Noeth said that the WSS emerged as a viable product because the U.S. Military's previous practice of requiring a soldier to take a newly configured weapon system accessory to the gun range and fire the weapon thousands of times before it could be certified for use was problematic on several fronts, including: the cost to deploy the test resources, the cost of the ammunition, range safety concerns and the fact that environmental toxins are deposited into the ground and released into the atmosphere.

Years in the making, the WSS has become a qualified success in the marketplace. The U.S. Army, for example, approved the WSS as a substitute for live fire testing last fall. With the Army on board, many other customers have lined up to purchase the system.

About AES

AES was founded in 2004 by six partners, each bringing a different area of engineering expertise to the field. They believed that by integrating their diversity of knowledge, they could open up new avenues for collaboration and innovation. So they envisioned a new kind of engineering firm, one that embraced a culture of cross-disciplinary interaction and research. Drawing on 100 years of combined experience, the founding partners transformed that concept into a successful engineering firm, and AES was born.

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