AirMap, the leading digital airspace and automation company serving the drone economy, was awarded a contract to provide unmanned aircraft system (UAS) traffic management (UTM) services to the United States Air Force (USAF)’s Agility Prime program. The USAF will use AirMap’s UTM platform to support testing of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in preparation for scaling of advanced air mobility operations.
The USAF recently launched Agility Prime, a non-traditional program seeking to accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility vehicles (i.e., “flying cars“). Leveraging unique testing resources and government use cases for distributed logistics and disaster response, the USAF plans to mitigate current commercial market and regulatory risks. The air vehicles tested throughout the program will be used for a variety of operations, including shuttling security forces across missile fields as well as search-and-rescue and logistics missions. AirMap was awarded a $1M Direct to Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) by AFWERX to provide its UTM platform for Agility Prime.
“Congratulations to AirMap on their recent Small Business Innovation and Research contract award,” said Colonel Nathan P. Diller, Director of AFWERX. “Thank you for your interest in the Agility Prime topic areas of the AFWERX open solicitation and your work to advance unmanned traffic management technology for eVTOL airspace.”
“AirMap is proud to partner with the USAF to provide industry-leading UTM services for advanced air mobility operations. We are excited to support all of the Agility Prime participants as they build, test, and bring their eVTOLs to market,” said Larry Berkin, GM of the AirMap Defense Group, an AirMap business unit focused on providing mission-critical technologies to the US Department of Defense.
Date: Sep 23, 2020