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 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the US Marine Corps (USMC).
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“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.”
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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.”
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"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."
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“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.
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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.