U.S. Department of Defense increases investment in drones

UTM’s AirMap has received $3.3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense "to assist in product development and engineering support to integrate sUAS mission planning, post-mission analysis, and unmanned traffic management software."

The award is part of the action in Chapter 3 of the National Defense Production Law, "aim to help and strengthen the basic domestic basic industrial capabilities of small unmanned aerial vehicle systems, aerospace technology, and shipbuilding, and national defense-critical labor. These actions will help Retain important labor capacity in the entire chaos caused by COVID-19, and resume some jobs lost due to the pandemic. The department still maintains close cooperation with FEMA and HHS. In the overall management of the coronavirus pandemic by the US government, Provided nearly $2.9 billion in life-saving medical services, supplies and equipment to service members and federal agencies."

The Department of Defense has signed contracts totaling $13.4 million with five companies to maintain the capacity of this important domestic industrial base. In addition to AirMap, other awards include:

1. ModalAI, located in San Diego, California, has received US$3 million in funding to develop its next-generation American-made flight controller, which will achieve advanced autonomy, including GPS refusal to navigate and full environment obstacle avoidance.
2. Skydio, located in Redwood City, California, received $4 million to improve the hardware/software and data link of the flight controller for its sUAS so that powerful components can be purchased and used in the U.S. government's unmanned systems .

3. Graffiti Enterprises, located in Somerset, New Jersey, received a $1.5 million modification to modify the commercial data link of its Department of Defense sUAS, including operating in restricted frequency bands, reducing the size, weight, and Power and improve the security and resilience of data links for software development.

4. The Obsidian Sensors company (Obsidian Sensors) in San Diego, California, U.S. received 1.6 million US dollars in funding for the manufacture of low-cost dual-heat sUAS cameras, which can be installed on the gimbal of the stabilizer and then integrated and integrated Installed on a small packaged ISR system.

The five awards were awarded at the opening ceremony of the Department of Defense Innovation (DIU) Business Solutions. "DIU led the development of the UAS framework for the U.S. Department of Defense, which aims to provide the Department of Defense and other federal government stakeholders with secure and reliable sUAS capabilities.

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