AFWERX Awards Asylon $1.2M Contract
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
AFWERX has awarded automated robotic security leader Asylon Robotics Inc. a $1.2M Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for the transition of its DroneCore platform from a fixed position to mobile asset, in addition to implementing ruggedization capabilities for operation within maritime environments.
Asylon will assist Patrick Space Force Base 45th Security Forces Squadron through the announcement of the development of DroneCore Tactical for deployment on long-range mobile ISR missions. DroneCore Tactical will make use of a roll-on and roll-off universal vehicle robotic automation kit, enabling non-technical users to remotely launch and pilot a drone from a variety of trucks. The system will employ Asylon’s battery swapping technology for the execution of continuous ISR missions, with operational flight times of over 50 minutes per hour. These flights can be carried out remotely without the limitations of a tethered system, and without requiring the presence of a local human operator. The mission can be conducted and monitored fully from a remote operations center through the use of DroneIQ, Asylon’s remote command and control software.
“Security Forces teams are looking for unmanned capabilities that do not take away from human resources to operate,” said Brandon T. Priddy, TSgt, U.S. Air Force. “This effort will seek to validate Asylon’s approach for automating unmanned assets so that security forces teams can focus on the mission and not the operation of an asset.”
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to work with the 45 th Security Forces Squadron. Their leadership’s vision for leveraging unmanned systems to automate routine mundane security tasks align well with our overall commercialization strategy,” said Chief Revenue Officer Michael Quiroga. “A system capable of automated long-range mobile ISR has tremendous defense and commercial physical security applications.”
Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.
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