PHOENIX, Az., June 13, 2017 – Dynetics, Inc. recently awarded Kutta Technologies, Inc. (Kutta) a Phase 2 subcontract to assist with the development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Gremlins program. Gremlins is chartered with enabling volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UAS) called gremlins, which would be launched and retrieved in air. Kutta is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation, specializing in proven, high-tech UAS.
“We are very excited to be part of the Gremlins team,” said Doug Limbaugh, Kutta’s chief operating officer. “We have a proven track record of moving UAS control station technology from prototype through certification and into the field. We are pleased to work with a talented Dynetics team once again, and we look forward to helping shape the next chapter in multi-vehicle UAS command and control.”
Kutta is providing the multi-vehicle control services and a scheduling algorithm for Gremlins. The goal is to enable smart coordination of persistent and reliably synchronized launch-and-recovery operations. Work on the Gremlins program will leverage Kutta’s previous experience coordinating multi-vehicle surveillance, as well as combining unmanned and manned platforms.
“Kutta has been and will continue to be an important contributor for our vision and execution of the Gremlins program,” said Mark Miller, Dynetics Gremlins program manager. “Coordination of a dynamic environment during high-risk, airborne operations requires the kind of best-in-class expertise that Kutta offers.”
During Phase 1, Kutta successfully demonstrated control station prototypes for launch-and-recovery workflows and an initial system specification. The Phase 2 effort aims to refine these designs toward airworthiness in preparation for flight testing in Phase 3, currently planned for early 2018.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Recognized as one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space,” Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused advanced technology solutions in the areas of space, aviation, electronics and systems integration. SNC’s diverse technologies are used in applications including space exploration and satellites, aircraft integrations, navigation and guidance systems, threat detection and security, scientific research and infrastructure protection. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, SNC operates under the leadership of owners, CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, with a workforce of more than 3,000 personnel in 34 locations in 19 U.S. states, England, Germany and Turkey providing global support to customers.
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About Kutta Technologies
Kutta Technologies (Kutta) is a high-tech research & development, manufacturer and supplier of command-control-communications software applications, interconnects, components and subsystems for Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health programs. Kutta designs and develops innovative communication and visualization technologies that revolutionize industries. We employ highly-experienced mathematicians, physicists, and electrical and software engineers, and have created a culture and environment for delivering high-impact results. For more information on Kutta visit www.kuttatech.com.
Artist's rendering of synchronized Gremlins UAS.