Nov 30, 2022
Gecko Robotics, a leader in helping the world’s most important institutions operate and maintain their physical assets, today announced that it has been awarded an 18-month $1.5 Million contract by the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. The award comes through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and is part of the Air Force’s efforts to modernize the legs of the U.S. nuclear triad.
“Ensuring the safety and efficiency of our nation’s most critical assets is in our DNA at Gecko, and we look forward to our partnership with the Air Force in this vital mission,” said Jake Loosararian, CEO and Co-founder of Gecko Robotics. “I’m also proud of how our team and our product have risen to the challenge during this competitive process as we continue to increase our partnerships across the federal space.”
Under the new contract, Gecko Robotics will integrate state-of-the-art concrete evaluation technology into their fleet of crawling robots. The hardware and software components together will provide the capability to rapidly assess concrete and steel liners in Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch facilities. The ability to rapidly assess the current infrastructure of launch facilities is paramount to ensure a smooth transition to the Sentinel program and transition to a modernized sustainment program.
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The award comes after a competitive process where companies were invited to submit proposals for initial peer review. After a review by key stakeholders, Gecko Robotics was invited to participate in the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center’s 2nd Pitch Day. At the conclusion of the process, Gecko Robotics was awarded a Phase 2 contract under the SBIR program.