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NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Air Traffic Management (UTM) system is providing industry leaders with the opportunity to demonstrate to regulators that multiple aircraft can be flow in simultaneously in complex urban environments. Near Earth’s drone repeatedly demonstrated the ability to react to contingencies that required flying to the closest designated landing site and finding a safe place to land. 

Oct 19, 2017

Boeing HorizonX Invests in Unmanned Systems Technology Leader Near Earth Autonomy

CHICAGO – Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced its investment in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based company focused on developing a portfolio of technologies that enable safe and reliable autonomous flight.

Aug 23, 2017

Vahana, an A³ Project, to Use Near Earth Autonomy’s Landing Zone Assessment Technology

Santa Clara, Calif. and Pittsburgh, PA A³, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus in Silicon Valley, has entered into a contract with Pittsburgh’s Near Earth Autonomy, a leader in autonomy for air vehicles, to use Near Earth’s landing zone assessment technology in Vahana, its electric, self-piloted vehicle project. Near Earth’s technology will be a component of the overall sense-and-avoid system for Vahana’s full-scale vehicle to be demonstrated by the end of 2017.

Nov 09, 2016

Near Earth Autonomy Secures NASA Award to Advance Safe UAS Flight

PITTSBURGH, PA — Near Earth Autonomy, a leader in autonomy solutions for unmanned aircraft, announces the successful award through the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to support NASA’s mission to introduce unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace (NAS).

Jun 08, 2016

NASA Selects Near Earth Autonomy to Develop Software to Enable Safe Unmanned Aircraft Flight

PITTSBURGH – Near Earth Autonomy announces a $754,000 award through NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research program to develop Safe50, a software module for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), that will enable safe and robust Unmanned Aircraft (UA) flight, particularly during the first and last 50 feet of the take-off and landing phases.

Sep 30, 2015

Near Earth to develop system to increase bioenergy crop yields through aerial phenotyping of sorghum

PITTSBURGH—The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected the team of Near Earth Autonomy Inc. (Near Earth), Clemson University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to create a system that will accelerate plant breeding compared to traditional methods, with the goal of creating a new, sustainable bioenergy source.

Sep 17, 2015

Near Earth to develop techniques to improve reliability of autonomous guidance and navigation algorithms

PITTSBURGH—The Department of the Navy, through its Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, has awarded a contract to Near Earth Autonomy Inc. to develop and prove feasibility of test and certification techniques for autonomous guidance and navigation algorithms.

Jul 27, 2015

Near Earth to develop system to enable small unmanned aerial vehicles to fly safely beyond line-of-sight

PITTSBURGH—The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a development contract to Near Earth Autonomy Inc. (Near Earth) to create a system that will enable small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fly safely beyond line-of-sight.

Jun 17, 2015

Near Earth to develop system to expand the use of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace

PITTSBURGH—The Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR), funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has awarded a development contract to Near Earth Autonomy Inc. (Near Earth) to expand the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating in the national airspace, in particular to enable safe take-off and landing in constrained environments.

May 01, 2015

Near Earth to develop system of aerial scouts to explore unknown indoor environments and communicate their findings to human operators

PITTSBURGH—The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded a development contract to Near Earth Autonomy Inc. (Near Earth) to create a system of aerial robotic scouts capable of exploring an unknown indoor or tunnel-like environment.

Aug 04, 2014

Near Earth to develop perception technologies for next generation unmanned helicopters

PITTSBURGH—The Office of Naval Research has awarded a development contract to a team headed by Aurora Flight Sciences and Near Earth Autonomy Inc. (Near Earth) to advance technology developed in Phase I of its Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program. Sanjiv Singh, CEO and Chief Scientist at Near Earth will serve as a co-Principal Investigator for Phase II.

Jul 30, 2014

Near Earth Autonomy to develop technologies to enable accurate, fast, and low cost 3D scene modeling

PITTSBURGH—The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a development contract to Near Earth Autonomy Inc. (Near Earth) to produce technology capable of constructing three-dimensional (3D) models of scenes accurately, rapidly, and at low cost.

Jun 18, 2014

Near Earth Autonomy to develop low cost, high performance system for improved passive terrain sensing

PITTSBURGH—The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded a development contract to Near Earth Autonomy Inc. (Near Earth) to advance Low-Light, Low Cost Passive Terrain Sensing.

Sep 13, 2013

Near Earth to develop technologies to enable robust and precise ship-relative navigation in degraded conditions

PITTSBURGH--Unmanned aerial vehicles will soon become an integral part of the US Navy's operations, requiring these vehicles to be capable of taking off from and landing on ships at sea. Precision ship-relative navigation (PS-RN) in degraded visual environment conditions, possibly in the absence of GPS, is a key enabling technology to realize this capability.

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