SOURCE: Cyber Defense Systems, Inc.

June 07, 2007 08:13 ET

Techsphere Announces Management Change and Technology Officer for New Generation Airship Program

ST. PETERSBURG, FL and ATLANTA, GA and COLUMBUS, GA--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) - Cyber Defense Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: CYDF), a designer and developer of next-generation unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and its wholly owned subsidiary Techsphere Systems International, Inc. (TSI), (, a designer, developer and manufacturer of manned and unmanned airships, announced today the appointment of changes at TSI with Mike Lawson as CEO and the hiring of Preston Carter as Chief Technology Officer.

"We are extremely pleased to have Mr. Carter join our team as we achieve high altitude for our airship program," stated Mike Lawson, the New CEO of Techsphere.

"We continue to gain momentum in both the commercial and government airship markets; a management team dedicated to each of our company's product lines will focus growth and bringing increased value to our shareholders. Mr. Lawson will lead the airship team while I will focus on the UAV and combined opportunities of our company," stated Billy Robinson CEO.

Preston Carter is an aerospace engineer with extensive experience in aerospace systems. His background is quite diverse. He has experience in activities that include the development of advanced concepts, research and development, project management, hardware design, manufacture, test, operations and customer support. The majority of his experience has been in systems related to space vehicles, advanced aeronautical vehicles, high-speed flight, and propulsion; Preston also has extensive mechanical design experience.

Carter will be helping TSI continue the advancement of their stationary aerial platforms towards longer endurance and higher altitude applications. Mr. Carter is also the founder and leader of Vaporcor, LLC of Bend, Oregon, which is the developer of advanced propulsions concepts.

Mr. Carter comes from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he was the Director of Department of Defense Programs. Mr. Carter has been involved in many projects that have flown payloads upon the Space Shuttle, other spacecraft, and high-altitude airplanes. Mr. Carter was a co-founder of the NASA Lunar Prospector mission, which completed a successful mission about the moon and which confirmed that there are water ice deposits near the poles of the moon. In addition, Mr. Carter was one of the principal engineers for the DoD / NASA Clementine lunar mission of 1994, which was America's first return to the moon since the Apollo program. Mr. Carter is also the inventor of the innovative concept for hypersonic flight and space access called HyperSoar which has received wide-ranging interest and study.

From August 2000 to August 2004, Mr. Carter was on assignment from LLNL to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a program manager within DARPA's Tactical Technology Office. Mr. Carter was the program manager of several programs leading the nation's research in high-speed flight and space access.


Cyber Defense Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: CYDF) ( is designing and building a new generation of UAVs. Cyber Defense, located in St. Petersburg, FL, is currently marketing airships and their CyberBug™ UAVs to various branches of the U.S. government and U.S. allies as multi-use platform vehicles capable of deployment in surveillance and communication operations.

Techsphere Systems International, Inc. ("TSI") ( is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cyber Defense. TSI, located in Columbus, GA, is a manufacturer of low- and mid-altitude airships. Together with their teaming companies, Techsphere designs and builds unique airship platforms for use in many areas including surveillance, the military and wireless communications. The current SA 60 spherical airship design holds the world altitude record at over 20,000 feet.

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