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Near Earth Autonomy, L3Harris Demonstrate Blood Delivery via Drones

Near Earth Autonomy and L3Harris Technologies have announced a successful demonstration of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can autonomously deliver life-saving blood and other medical supplies hundreds of miles away from operational bases to medics in the field.

Near Earth Autonomy, Kajima Partner for Drone Inspections of GPS-Denied Construction Sites

Manual inspections of tunnels and construction sites can be time-consuming, difficult, and hazardous. Autonomous drones can help, but they typically require GPS to navigate. Kajima Corp., one of the world's largest construction companies, today said it has partnered with Near Earth Autonomy Inc. to develop targeted systems to inspect such GPS-denied environments.

Near Earth Autonomy picks up Amazon Prime Air cofounder Gur Kimchi to serve on board of directors

Autonomous drone company Near Earth Autonomy announced that Gur Kimchi, a cofounder of Amazon.com Inc.'s drone delivery service named Amazon Prime Air, has joined the Pittsburgh startup company's board of directors.

Kaman places an early bet on expeditionary logistics with new Kargo drone

Kaman is proactively developing a medium-lift platform that it believes will meet U.S. Marine Corps needs for distributed logistics. Kaman’s quadcopter Kargo drone is designed to carry a payload of up to 800 pounds and self-deploy with no payload to a distance of over 500 nautical miles. They've partnered with Near Earth to enable safe flight and landing without GPS.

Frameworks for Thinking About Autonomy

AUVSI hosted Near Earth CEO, Sanjiv Singh, for a keynote on the path to assured autonomy. He discussed 7 key requirements for safe, efficient, autonomous flight.

Autonomous Flight Technology Tested on eVTOL Drone

Near Earth Autonomy’s autonomous flight technology is being tested on an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Volocopter. The combined expertise of the two companies will be used to further autonomous urban air mobility (UAM), culminating in a planned Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) capability demonstration in Munich in 2022.

Fortune 100 Leader Joins Near Earth Autonomy To Expand Drone Capabilities Globally

Former Director of Technology and Innovation for John Deere, has joined Near Earth Autonomy as Senior Director of Market Strategy. With extensive experience developing and commercializing automation and robotics solutions, Foessel will lead business and product strategy as Near Earth expands its technology across new industries and applications.

How Kaman’s unmanned K-Max helicopter is getting smarter

Near Earth is collaborating with Kaman on the autonomy upgrade in a project funded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). This sophisticated decision-making capability represents a significant step up from the autonomy package in the first generation of unmanned K-Max helicopters.

Near Earth Autonomy receives NASA contract

NASA awarded Pittsburgh-based Near Earth Autonomy a contract to develop drone systems for industrial infrastructure inspection, according to a news release. 

Autonomous Drone Platform Resupplies Military Ops

Active-duty Army soldiers and Marines used Near Earth’s technology to safely execute resupply test missions in an operational demonstration last summer. The technology enables obstacle avoidance for safe flight and landing for reliable cargo delivery in dynamic environments. 

Autonomous Drone Navigation System Ends Reliance on GPS

Without GPS, drone navigation drifts, making it difficult to register data and, eventually, causes instability. With NASA’s help, Near Earth Autonomy is breaking drones’ dependency on GPS. In 2015, NASA emerged to take a leading role in the advancement of safe autonomous flight by establishing its UAS Traffic Management (UTM) project. That same year, NASA granted Phase I and II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts to Near Earth Autonomy to build technology for navigation without GPS or maps. Near Earth Autonomy’s SBIR work focused on safely navigating the most difficult parts of a flight with no GPS whatsoever.