USAF Awards Contract for Advanced Drone Autonomy Software Development

Darkhive will integrate and test next generation autonomy software to a variety of UAS platforms By Caroline Rees / 10 Jul 2023
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The US Air Force AFWERX Prime has awarded autonomous unmanned systems developer Darkhive a $5 million Phase III Small Business Innovation Research contract to integrate and test next generation autonomy software to a variety of UAS platforms.

“We’re very excited to be participating in this program,” said John Goodson, CEO of Darkhive. “An open government-owned framework optimized for rapidly integrating, testing and securely deploying software to edge systems has been at the center of our mission from the beginning. The Government and industry team supporting this effort is phenomenal, we’re honored to have the opportunity to contribute to solving some very hard problems for DoD and, most importantly, delivering for the end-user on the front lines.”

Founded in 2021, Darkhive has placed an emphasis on developing affordable, US-manufactured unmanned systems with open hardware and software interfaces to provide life-saving situational awareness at home and abroad. 

“In order to achieve dynamic, autonomous systems both within the US Department of Defense and with foreign partners, we have to break away from fragmented, vendor-locked approaches to software development and secure deployment on uncrewed systems,” said Steve Turner, CTO of Darkhive. “By establishing open, accessible, discoverable, and adaptable interfaces, we can unlock the potential for cohesive, collaborative behavior. The deployment and security of software have experienced significant advancements over the past decade, but these transformative changes have yet to be fully realized in uncrewed platforms and meeting evolving end-user requirements. We are thrilled to collaborate with the US Air Force and industry partners to overcome these challenges and spearhead a revolution in autonomous systems.”

Darkhive has previously been awarded contracts with the Defense Innovation Unit National Security Innovation Capital contract, multiple Small Business Innovation Research with the Air Force, and a Small Business Technology Transfer award partnered with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. 

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact
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