December 16th 2021

Autonomy for Tethered UAS 

KEF was awarded a Ph. 1 SBIR to explore vision-based techniques for tethered UAS in urban environments.  The requirements are extreme, the pace is fast, and the work should be fun.  More news in March/April 2022.

Sponsor:
Army Applications Lab (AAL)

SF, USA

2023

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January 1st, 2022

New Bus Day!

DTRA challenged KEF to fly at night using only EO/IR sensors, and we need to show results by April.  That means testing at night, in winter, in Pittsburgh. To support our dogged field teams, yesterday we bought a short bus that's rolled 320,000 miles but has a strong frame, new engine, and a fully functional lift - indicating a strong electrical system.  This bus will be our mobile deployment center, allowing us to log flight hours without making/breaking camp, while staying warm enough to alter code and analyze flight data.  It will need new tires and brakes soon, but we bought it for $0.25 per pound.  That's cheaper than raw steel!  

We love Bus.

Sponsor: DTRA, CCBC, SOFWERX

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