U.S. Drone Maker Skydio Selected for Final Integration in the U.S. Army’s Short Range…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness U.S. Drone Maker Skydio Selected for Final Integration in the U.S. Army’s Short Range Reconnaissance Program Pinterest REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Skydio, the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, today announced the U.S. Army elected to continue with the Skydio X2D SRR system to complete remaining integration and documentation requirements within the Other Transaction Agreement Prototype Phase. The SRR program, managed by the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Aviation’s Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS) located in Huntsville, Alabama, aims to equip Soldiers with a rapidly deployable small UAS solution to conduct Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) activities. The Army decided to continue with Skydio for final integration activities based upon extensive testing and evaluation. The evaluation of the candidate prototypes focused on an assessment against the Performance-Specification during the Limited User Test coordinated by U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) and several Limited Objective Experiments. Soldier feedback and design review packages were used to assess the overall product performance, quality, as well as readiness to scale production. While the Army’s decision represents a strong step forward, it does not constitute full completion of the Other Transaction Authority (OTA) project nor does it guarantee a follow-on production award. “We are proud to have been selected by the U.S. Army for the final integration in the SRR program.” said Adam Bry, Skydio CEO. “The Army has done incredible work to ensure our soldiers have access to cutting edge drone technology. This milestone is the result of years of research and development in autonomous flight and core technologies. It is a testament to the breakthrough capabilities of the Skydio X2D and our world-class team.” Skydio X2D is the ultimate solution for military and defense customers to perform reconnaissance, search and rescue, and security patrol missions. Skydio X2D pairs Skydio Autonomy, the world’s leading AI-driven flight autonomy software, with a foldable, highly portable airframe that leverages hyper-strength composites to withstand the most demanding environments. X2 features a dual 12MP color optical plus 320×256 FLIR® thermal sensor, and is equipped with GPS-based night flight and strobe lighting, making it ready for both day and night operations, while providing up to 35 min of flight time on a single battery. Designed, assembled, and supported in the USA, X2D complies with the NDAA’s rigorous supply chain security requirements and offers superior cybersecurity protection. “Access to accurate, timely information on the battlefield is a critical determining factor for mission success,” said Chuck McGraw, Skydio Director of Federal Sales. “Drones are powerful situational awareness tools for organic unit-level ISR, but legacy manual solutions are difficult to fly and easy to crash. With its unmatched AI-powered autonomy, Skydio X2D represents the next step in the evolution of small unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to reduce cognitive overload by unlocking the simplest and most effective flight experience.” About Skydio Skydio is the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight. Skydio leverages breakthrough AI to create the world’s most intelligent flying machines for use by consumers, enterprises, and government customers. Founded in 2014, Skydio is made up of leading experts in AI, robotics, cameras, and electric vehicles from top companies, research labs, and universities from around the world. Skydio designs, assembles, and supports its products in the U.S. from its headquarters in Redwood City, CA, to offer the highest standards of supply chain and manufacturing security. Skydio is trusted by leading enterprises across a wide range of industry sectors and is backed by top investors and strategic partners including Andreesen Horowitz, Levitate Capital, Next47, IVP, Playground, and NVIDIA. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005193/en/ CONTACT: Aircover Communications Morgan Mason [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE OTHER DEFENSE INTERNET CONTRACTS HARDWARE TECHNOLOGY DEFENSE SECURITY AUDIO/VIDEO AIR TRANSPORT AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING SOURCE: Skydio Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 09:02 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005193/en WhatsApp read more

Indiana official named to national board

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Commissioner Adam Krupp to serve as Secretary on the Board of Trustees for the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA). Indiana has not had an individual selected to serve on the board since 2005.“I am honored to be elected to FTA’s Board of Trustees by my peers from around the country, several of whom I have gotten to know personally and look up to as experts in this field,” said Commissioner Krupp. “It is certainly a privilege to be an officer among this group of leaders performing public service day in and day out. One of my goals is to represent Indiana proudly on behalf of our entire team here at DOR.”FTA is a national organization bringing together leaders to improve the quality of state tax administration through interstate collaboration by representing all 50 states and several municipalities.FTA officers are nominated through FTA’s Nominations Committee, which is comprised of members from each of the four geographic regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West). Nominees are then approved by the board. Upon approval, all FTA members vote for their candidate. Officers are elected for one-year terms; board members for two-year terms.As an officer of FTA, Commissioner Krupp will:Provide guidance and direction to FTA staff.Review and approve the FTA annual operating budget.Create resolutions, which represent FTA’s official position on federal legislation.Interact with agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service to review forms.“This is a great opportunity for Indiana to have a seat at the table concerning matters of great importance in tax administration on a national level. With this opportunity comes significant responsibility; I am ready to step up and share Indiana’s perspective in a collaborative manner.”More information about FTA can be found on their website https://www.taxadmin.org/.last_img

BHS and OA varsity football teams are Turning Over Hunger

first_imgRipley County, IN — For the 2020 football season, Batesville High School and Oldenburg Academy football teams joined forces with the Ripley County Community Foundation to Turnover Hunger in Ripley County. The Turnover Hunger program encourages football fans to pledge a dollar amount for every turnover their favorite team forces during the season.At the end of the season, the Community Foundation collects the pledges, and the proceeds are donated to the Weekend Backsack Programs administered in local Elementary Schools. Working together, these two teams collectively raised more than $10,000 since the program’s inception and started an Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation that will continue supporting the teams’ efforts forever. In 2019 alone, the teams’ donations helped feed more than 1,100 citizens in Ripley County.The Weekend Backsack Program provides a backpack of food to Ripley County elementary schools for children who face food insecurity on the weekends. These backpacks are filled with kid-friendly food that is easily prepared and provides nutrition they may not receive when they are outside of school. The students are identified by teachers, and the program runs from September through May, serving the Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, South Ripley, and Sunman-Dearborn schools. The Weekend Backsack program is privately funded, and current programs are not meeting the needs without further support.The Turnover Hunger Fund, and all of the funds administered by the Ripley County Community Foundation, are always accepting donations. You may make a one-time donation or a pledge to the Turnover Hunger Fund on their website, or you may mail a donation to the Ripley County Community Foundation at 13 E. George St, Suite B, Batesville, IN 47006.last_img

Cirrus camp look to skies

first_img Barande-Barbe remains confident the seven-year-old will bounce back to his best, adding: “He is absolutely fine and didn’t have a hard race at Deauville last time. The race did not suit him and I think he thought, ‘Not today’. He was not blowing as much as the other horses after the race. “He will be fine when the race suits him better. He is probably better over the mile and a quarter than he is over the mile and a half.” Aidan O’Brien has an incredibly strong hand among the 13 confirmations for the Irish Champion, leaving in Camelot, Declaration Of War, Triumphant, Kingsbarns, Magician and Ruler Of The World. Yorkshire Oaks heroine The Fugue is an intriguing contender for John Gosden, while Jim Bolger has confirmed Parish Hall and Trading Leather. Bolger said: “The plan is to run Trading Leather in the Irish Champion Stakes. He arrived home from York in good shape and he has been fresh and well since.” Dermot Weld will delay a decision about the participation of Princess Highway until later this week. He said: “She is a very talented filly and I don’t think that we’ve seen the best of her so far this season. She has been left in the Champion Stakes and we will give it full thought, but she is a very possible runner.” The potential field is completed by triple Group One winner Al Kazeem and John Murphy’s outsider Euphrasia. The French star began the season as the highest-rated horse in the world but has been beaten favourite on his four starts in 2013, most recently in the Grand Prix de Deauville towards the end of last month. Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said: “The owner wants to wait and see whether there is going to be any rain in Ireland, so we have left him in the race once more. If there is plenty of rain then he will run, but if there is no rain he will not. If he does not run, he will run in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp (October 5) and then the Champion Stakes at Ascot (October 19).” Press Associationcenter_img Cirrus Des Aigles will need some give underfoot at Leopardstown if he is to take his chance in Saturday’s Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes.last_img

Michael Schumacher’s prophecy on Lewis Hamilton’s F1 future comes true; watch video

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 23:53 IST Michael Schumacher’s Prophecy On Lewis Hamilton’s F1 Future Comes True; Watch Video Michael Schumacher, during the BBC’s Inside Sport program in 2008, had made a prediction on current Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton breaking his record. The year 2013 will forever be remembered by Formula 1 and Ferrari fans after the news broke out about Formula 1 legend and 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher meeting an accident. For the past seven years, only few updates have been discussed about the condition of the German driver. Back in 2008, Michael Schumacher had predicted that current Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton would be the one to break his record of 7 world championships. Fast-forward to more than a decade later, the German legend’s prediction is likely to come true after Lewis Hamilton lifted his sixth world title in 2019. Also Read: Charles Leclerc Beats Michael Schumacher With $10m, 5-yr Deal With Ferrari; Here Is HowMichael Schumacher on Lewis Hamilton winning F1 championship  First Published: 2nd January, 2020 23:53 ISTcenter_img COMMENT Back in 2008 while speaking to the BBC’s Inside Sport, Michael Schumacher had predicted that Hamilton would go on to win seven titles like him. Schumacher had even confessed that when he was on his own record run, not many pegged him to overhaul the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio. He was of the opinion that the sole purpose of records, is to be beaten, so he would not be surprised if the driver from back then or from the future would eventually break his record.Also Read: Michael Schumacher’s Wife Corinna Is Hiding F1 Legend’s Condition, Claims Ex-managerF1: Lewis Hamilton looking to equal Michael Schumacher’s record  Lewis Hamilton enters the 2020 F1 season with six world championships in his name and his eyes will be set on equalling Schumacher’s record. Mercedes has been the dominant force for some years now and Lewis Hamilton has rarely been challenged for the title. The year 2016 was the only exception when he lost the title to his ex-teammate and now rival Sebastian Vettel. In the current set up, the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull will look to halt the Mercedes juggernaut in the upcoming season. Also Read: Lewis Hamilton Vs Michael Schumacher: In A League Of Their OwnRecently, the British driver has been in news regarding his move to Ferrari. Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri had confirmed F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is eager to join the team when his time at Mercedes comes to an end. Hamilton has long been linked with a move to Ferrari after previously admitting his admiration for the Italian outfit. Also Read: Michael Schumacher Hope Emerges: Why He’s An F1 Icon Like No Other Suraj Alva FOLLOW USlast_img