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Kaman’s Kargo Logistics Drone For The Marines Now In Flight

“Kaman has partnered with Near Earth Autonomy for the autonomy system for the drone. The two companies previously collaborated on a helicopter that can operate with or without a pilot and which was tested by the Marines for delivering cargo in Afghanistan. In October 2022 it was announced that the company had been selected to build a prototype for what was then known as the Medium Unmanned Logistics Systems — Air (MULS-A) program, now MARV-EL.”

AI, autonomy proving ground hosts first 3rd-party developer

“We want to prepare the warfighter for the digital future that’s upon us,” said Col. Tucker Hamilton, 96th Operations Group commander and Air Force AI test and operations chief. “This event is about bringing the Eglin enterprise together and moving with urgency to incorporate these concepts in how we test.”

Near Earth Autonomy partners with the US Army to modernize the military and make missions safer for soldiers

The US Army needs smaller drones and heavier-crewed aircraft for its resupply missions. The problem is that this puts aircrews more at risk when they’re entering hostile regions...The heavy-lift vertical takeoff and landing uncrewed aerial system program partnership enables us to broaden our current scope from developing an aerial resupply aircraft for the Marine Corps to creating an autonomous multi-mission aircraft that can autonomously address a wide variety of critical needs.

AFWERX awards contract to Near Earth Autonomy to Collaborate on Reliability Standard for Autonomous Aerial Transport

The US Air Force’s AFWERX has chosen Near Earth Autonomy to collaborate on a reliability standard for autonomous aerial transport as part of the Autonomy Prime program.  This collaboration will see Near Earth and AFWERX establish an accreditation process to formalize assurance for autonomous aircraft.  Near Earth will also develop an architecture that enables high-reliability and supports Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA)-compliant interoperability, ensuring that autonomous aircraft can operate safely and efficiently.

Near Earth Autonomy Named a Humanitarian Award Finalist by AUVSI for Blood Deliveries

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) named Near Earth Autonomy as a Finalist in the Xcellence in Mission—Humanitarian category.  The AUVSI Xcellence Awards honor individuals and organizations that are innovators in the uncrewed systems industry. They must have demonstrated their commitment to advancing autonomy, led and promoted the safe adoption of uncrewed systems, and developed programs that use these technologies to save lives and improve the human condition, said the Arlington, VA based organization.

Autonomous flight specialist Near Earth Autonomy is expanding its military portfolio with a particular focus on logistics use cases

Near Earth Autonomy is a US-based company that provides hardware and software solutions for autonomous flight and landing. It has deepened its work in the defence market in recent years, perhaps most notably through a partnership with Kaman, with which it is delivering the Kargo uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) for the US Marine Corps (USMC).

Inside Pittsburgh tech: This might be one of the city’s greatest technology contributions ever

“If something goes wrong on board the aircraft, you have to be able to do all of what’s necessary to deal with that kind of case,” in a few minutes or even just a few seconds, says Singh.  He co-founded Point Breeze-based Near Earth Autonomy in 2013 to “push the envelope” for autonomous aerial vehicles. At its core, Near Earth builds the technology for an aircraft to be “aware of its environment” without depending on a pilot. Singh says “this level of extrinsic awareness of the world outside the aircraft is what will give it the extra safety that we expect from aviation.”

Near Earth Autonomy Named Innovator of the Year by Pittsburgh Technology Council

The Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) celebrates the most successful and innovative technology companies in Southwestern Pennsylvania at its Tech 50 Awards event. “Every year, the list of finalists and winners continues to impress me,” said Audrey Russo, CEO of the PTC. “While Pittsburgh is known for self-driving cars, Near Earth is unique in that it has pioneered autonomy for the next generation of aircraft,” she added. “We are proud of Near Earth for bringing 'Aviation Alley' to the high-tech ecosystem in the Pittsburgh region.”

Pittsburgh aviation startup Near Earth Autonomy picks up $10M investment from Connecticut aerospace company

"We are excited about this opportunity to accelerate the technology development of autonomous systems," Ian Walsh, chairman, president and CEO of Kaman, said. "In an ever-changing and growing autonomy market, we are confident that our joint expertise will result in highly capable, reliable, affordable and maintainable solutions for both military and commercial applications."

U.S. Department of Defense drone project takes flight at ETI

“We’re really focused on solving logistics problems in new ways,” Chamberlain said...Sometimes in a firefight, soldiers can’t get a helicopter in safely to help the wounded, said Joe Campbell, Chief Technology Officer at ETI.  Often, wounded soldiers lose their lives because of losing blood. But, the use of drones can help save the lives of wounded soldiers and civilians by delivering needed medical supplies at the request of a medic, he said.

Near Earth has a Lead on “Extrinsic” Autonomy that Operates with Situational Awareness for Complex Operations Essential for Building the Safety Case for the Next Generation of Aircraft

For a technology to be adopted, it has to be desirable, technically feasible, and economically viable.  There is clearly an interest in flying in a straight line from point to point.  Technical feasibility is being proven.  Getting these solutions to be economically viable will take some time.   The early adoption will come in the areas where cost is not the driver.  Generally, we see this happening in applications that involve hazards.

Preparing for liftoff: Pittsburgh is flying into the future

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s future, and that future is being built right here in Pittsburgh. We are grateful to be part of such a diverse, skilled and supportive community.  And we’re thrilled to be embarking on a journey to elevate our region, the nation, and the world.

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