$84 Million For Small Drone Makers

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The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Friday that it would fund $ 84.4 million in small unmanned technology, space and shipbuilding companies under the Defense Production Act.

The money, which is divided into seven different companies, will be used, according to a Pentagon announcement, to “maintain and strengthen essential domestic industrial base skills”. “These measures will help maintain the critical abilities of the workforce during the COVID-19 disorder and restore some jobs lost due to the pandemic.”

This latest funding includes:

  • AirMap in Santa Monica, California received $ 3.3 million. The money will “support product development and technical support for the integration of Drones mission planning, post-mission analysis and unmanned traffic management software”.
  • San Diego, Calif.ModalAI received $ 3 million for the development of a next-generation, U.S.-made flight controller that provides enhanced autonomy, including GPS denied navigation and obstacle avoidance for all environments.
  • Skydio of Redwood City, California, received $ 4 million to “improve the flight controller hardware / software and data connection for their SUAS so that high-performance components for US government unmanned systems can be purchased and used.”
  • Graffiti Enterprises, based in Somerset, New Jersey, received $ 1.5 million to “change its commercial data connection to use DoD-SUAS, including operating in restricted frequency bands, reducing the size, weight, and performance of the Hardware and software developments Improve the security and reliability of your data connection. “
  • Obsidian Sensors of San Diego, California, received $ 1.6 million to build a “low-cost dual-thermal SUAS camera that can be mounted on a stabilizing gimbal and then integrated and flown into small, packable ISR systems.” .

Click here to read Aaron Mehta’s full story in the Defense News.

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