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

Heated exchange in Dail over imminent closure of Parentstop

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Twitter Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Heated exchange in Dail over imminent closure of Parentstop Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+center_img The Children’s Minister says every effort has been made by TUSLA to assist Parentstop in finding a sustainable funding model. The imminent closure of the Donegal organisation was brought before the Dail last night by Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher.Katherine Zappone indicated that TUSLA provided additional funding over the last three years to address its recurring annual deficit but confirmed that all funding options have now been exhausted.Reacting, Deputy Gallagher said that there are still other funding options to be explored:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/cofghgfhgfpeshort.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Responding, Minister Zappone says their position remains unchanged:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/zappgfhgfhgfhgfoneshort-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Minister did agree after the exchange to meet with members of Parentstop.The full exchange here:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/parentgbgfhgfhgfhfstopdailraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleStolen Donegal lorry located in Derry villageNext article32 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland By News Highland – October 23, 2019 Harps come back to win in Waterford AudioHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

Security video captures jail inmate trying to escape fall through ceiling

first_imgA security camera captured footage of a jail inmate’s apparent escape attempt from a holding room that ended with her falling through a ceiling and landing head-first in a trash can.The woman was climbing up a holding room wall, and suddenly the ceiling tiles fell to the floor. When guards noticed her legs hanging down, they grabbed her right away.Jessica Boomershine, 42, was charged with escape and vandalism, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office in Ohio.Boomershine was being held in jail on charges of kidnapping and robbing an 85-year-old Dayton-area man last month, records show.last_img

Strong second half, play by Krabbenhoft lift men’s basketball

first_imgWisconsin’s game against Indiana Thursday night was a tale of two halves.The Badgers went into the locker room at the half only up 31-30 against a Hoosiers team at the bottom of the Big Ten with a 1-11 conference record. Indiana was able to hang in the game mainly due to a first-half 18-10 advantage in points in the paint. The first nine minutes of the second half consisted of an 18-4 run by Wisconsin. The difference between halves?“We reiterated what we were trying to accomplish and had better results in the second half,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said.Better results may be an understatement. UW outscored Indiana 37-21 over the final 20 minutes, in part by improving their first-half field goal percentage from 39.3 percent to 60.9 percent for the second half. Ryan deferred much of the difference between halves to UW’s increased efficiency on the defensive side.“You know, we really didn’t do anything different,” Ryan said. “We did it better. We’ve got some older guys, so maybe the learning curve with those guys — kind of like maybe they can relate to a game where this happened, that happened, and I know that’s what (Indiana head coach) Tom’s going through with his young team.”Two of the Badgers’ veterans — junior Trevon Hughes and senior Joe Krabbenhoft — were instrumental in UW’s second-half run. In the first five minutes of the second period, Hughes and Krabbenhoft accounted for six points and three rebounds. Hughes finished with 21 points and Krabbenhoft with 18, showing that the Badgers were able to make the adjustments they needed at halftime.“We got after each other in the locker room, teammate to teammate,” Krabbenhoft said. “They were getting too many easy shots. … You can’t give a team that kind of confidence, especially early in the game. But we said we’ve got 20 minutes to redeem ourselves, to go out there and not give them anything easy. … In the second half, we did a great job.”In addition to shooting better themselves, the Badgers forced the Hoosiers to shoot only 27.8 percent from the field in the second half. Indiana head coach Tom Crean believed both factors combined to put the Hoosiers in a hole they couldn’t claw out of.“I’m sure it was both. I think [the Badgers] did a very good job,” Crean said. “They played like a veteran club, and we played like a bunch of rookies.”One of Indiana’s rookies — junior college transfer Devan Dumes — was limited to 12 points, which was under his team-leading average of 13.8 points per game. Verdell Jones III, who led the Hoosiers with 10 points in the first half, was limited to only six in the second. The Badgers’ veteran players stepped up and reversed the season trend of going into the break with a lead and watching it fade in the second half.Letting late leads slip away was a big problem during the Badgers’ earlier six-game losing streak. UW had a 14-point lead late in the game against Minnesota and allowed the Gophers to come back and win in overtime. Against Iowa, they forced overtime on a late 3-pointer by Jordan Taylor, but were unable to capitalize on their momentum in the extra period. Maintaining the lead was something Krabbenhoft thought the Badgers needed to do against a pesky Hoosiers squad.“I thought we did a good job when we got a nice lead, a comfortable lead [to finish strong],” Krabbenhoft said. “It wasn’t so much on the offensive end, but defensively we stuck to our rules and didn’t let them get any easy ones. Indiana’s great at that, they keep hanging around, they never … quit fighting, and you’ve got to give credit to Indiana because they gave it their best and some of their shots just didn’t fall.”?last_img