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

Vice-Chancellor named next President of NYU

first_imgOutgoing Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University Professor Andrew Hamilton will replace John Sexton as the next President of New York University (NYU). He is expected to take up the position in January 2016.Andrew Hamilton became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2009, having previously served as Provost of Yale University.Prior to this appointment, Hamilton had several academic posts as a chemist, including at Princeton University. He has also held professorships at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Yale. In 2004, Professor Hamilton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.Hamilton’s time as Vice-Chancellor has not been without controversy. He has previously been criticised for his salary of £442,000, which is the third highest of any university boss in the country.In 2013, Hamilton also spoke out against the current tuition fee rules in the UK, suggesting that top universities should be able to charge more to reflect the difference in the quality of teaching between institutions. Hamilton noted at the time that it costs £16,000 a year to teach a student in Oxford.Speaking of his departure Hamilton said, “It is a huge privilege to serve this great university and will remain so for the rest of my time here. It is premature to talk of achievements and legacies – there is still much to be done on my watch – but I am delighted to have been part of a very exciting, dynamic and successful time in Oxford’s long and illustrious history.“It won’t be easy to leave Oxford. I have learnt a great deal, and I’m sure the insights and experience gained here will stand me in good stead in my new role in New York.”The committee in charge of nominating the next Vice-Chancellor is expected to put forward a name by early June.last_img

Congress slashes pandemic preparedness funding

first_imgDec 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The 2008 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this week earmarks only $76 million for influenza pandemic preparedness funding, far below the Bush administration’s $870 million request.The President’s advisors have indicated he will sign the bill when it reaches his desk, according to several media reports.The reduction in pandemic preparedness funding appears to be the most significant cut to President Bush’s spending proposals, Government Executive reported yesterday.The House and Senate appropriations committees said their rationale for cutting the 2008 pandemic preparation budget was based on a $1.2 billion amount remaining from previous appropriations, according Government Executive.However, Rich Hamburg, director of governmental relations for Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News that the $1.2 billion represents one-time funding that is mostly intended for buying vaccines and antiviral medications.The 2008 omnibus bill contains no one-time spending items, he said. “The appropriations committees may have thought that this was a tough budget and that it was hard to make a case that all of the pandemic funding was needed right now,” Hamburg said.To maintain momentum on pandemic preparedness efforts, Congress could fold the funding into the 2009 budget or put budget requests into emergency supplements, Hamburg said.In the past, some public health officials have argued that emergency supplemental funding has a downside for local preparedness efforts, because reliable funding is needed to boost local public health capacity and provide more “boots on the ground” to respond to emergencies.Other cuts that affect pandemic preparedness include a $6 million reduction in the $53 million requested for the National Disaster Medical System, an office of the US Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) that helps state and local officials manage the medical impact of major disasters, Government Executive reported.The approved funding includes the administration’s $158 million request for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s pandemic preparations, but Hamburg said even that amount was subject to a 1.74% spending cut applied to all domestic programs.In its annual report on state and federal preparedness programs, released 2 days ago, TFAH said funding shortfalls at the federal level threaten to derail or reverse progress states have made in boosting the nation’s public health emergency preparedness.TFAH reported that even the Bush administration’s 2008 request for $870 million represented a 25% cut from 2005 public health preparedness funding levels.”Although the federal government has made a substantial investment in public health and pandemic preparedness, the funding has been inconsistent and unpredictable,” the group said.See also:Dec 18 TFAH press release, with links to complete reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror07/HHS budget request briefing document (with emergency preparedness information on page 102)http://www.hhs.gov/budget/08budget/2008BudgetInBrief.pdflast_img

Indonesian ride-hailing, payments firm Gojek to announce layoffs: Sources

first_imgTopics : Indonesian ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek is set to announce layoffs this week, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, although the firm declined immediate comment.Gojek is finalizing an investment round of more than US$3 billion at a valuation of $10 billion, joined by Facebook and previous investors Tencent and Google.Widespread closures over the coronavirus pandemic have battered the ride-hailing industry, with firms cutting jobs globally.Last week, southeast Asian ride-hailing peer Grab announced it would cut under 5% of its workforce as it looks to ride out the impact of the outbreak.last_img

Wilson wires Sprint Series of Oklahoma foes at Ardmore

first_imgChad Wilson led green to checkered in Friday’s Sprint Series of Oklahoma feature at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo by Mike Howard)By David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (Aug. 18) – Chad Wilson quickly took the lead from his fourth starting position and never looked back to capture his second career Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature Friday at Southern Oklahoma Speedway.Tucker Doughty and defending tour champion Andy Shouse started on the front row for the 20-lap feature with Wilson the one taking the lead as the green flag fell. Several cautions dotted the feature yet Wilson would hold on to become the seventh different winner of the 2017 season.Tenth starting Michael Day, who won earlier at SOS, came home second while Doughty held on for third. Gary Owens, who had to run and won the 12-lap “B” feature, started 17th and came home fourth while Blake Dacus, who finished second in the “B” feature, rounded out the top five.Thirty-three cars were entered at Ardmore.Feature results – 1. Chad Wilson; 2. Michael Day; 3. Tucker Doughty; 4. Gary Owens; 5. Blake Dacus; 6. Brandon Anderson; 7. Chris Kelly; 8. Jeff Day; 9. Loyd Clevenger; 10. Cody Whitworth; 11. Jake Martens; 12. Travis Scott; 13. Tristan Oakes; 14. Andy Shouse; 15. Justin Mowry; 16. Steven Shebester; 17. Tanner Conn; 18. Justin Fifield; 19. Marcus Thomas; 20. Monte Ferriera.last_img