Providing secure, trusted, small unmanned aerial systems capability to the U.S. government at the Federal, State, and Local levels.
About the Project
The Blue sUAS project developed trusted small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for the broader Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Government partners. This effort builds upon the U.S. Army’s sUAS program of record, Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR), for an inexpensive, rucksack portable, vertical take-off and landing sUAS. Blue sUAS systems share the SRR air vehicles' capabilities but integrate a vendor provided ground control system.
DIU's Blue sUAS project provides an initial 5 secure, trusted sUAS options for DoD and Federal Government procurement that meet FY2020 NDAA Section 848 requirements. The Blue sUAS project does not preclude the Government from purchasing any other UAS that are certified compliant by the purchasing Government organization. DIU does not define Government sUAS compliance standards or provide sUAS security or drone certification for such other efforts.
System Specifications and Capabilities
Each of the five sUAS options are certified to fly in DoD and national airspace and meet the criteria required for U.S. Government procurement. The table below provides basic information about all five drones' capabilities. Each system has a variation of the below specifications and additional attributes to offer DoD and interagency customers.
|Operational Range||3+ kilometers|
|Flight Endurance||30+ minutes|
|Environmental Rating||Flies through dust and rain (IP53)|
|Assembly Time||2 minutes or less|
|Take-off Weight||Less than 3lbs|
|Payload||High Resolutions Day/Night Stabilized Optics|
|Architecture||Built around an open source protocol|
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Altavian is a privately held and all U.S.-based engineering firm that designs and manufactures drones. A homegrown defense contractor headquartered in Florida, Altavian has been operating with exclusively American ownership and capital since its founding and is a certified Trusted Technology Provider to the DoD. As a defense contractor, Altavian has an unparalleled history of performance in small UAS. In our short history, Altavian has won over $30M in drone contracts and has proudly served the two largest customers in the world - the U.S. Army and Special Operations Command. At the heart of Altavian’s defense work is a design and engineering philosophy to embrace open system architectures, facilitating the growth of systems, technology, and industry. Altavian’s headquarters are in Gainesville, FL, with employees across five states and an ancillary office in Charlotte, NC.
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Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot is today the leading European group in the fast-growing industry of drones. Visionary, at the forefront of innovation, Parrot is positioned across the entire value chain, from equipment to services and software. ANAFI-USA-Gov/mil is the latest evolution of Parrot’s extensive experience in developing and bringing to market innovative drone solutions for commercial markets. ANAFI-USA-Gov/mil offers the same high-end security, durability and imaging capabilities as Parrot’s Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) drone designed for the U.S. Army. ANAFI-USA-Gov/mil's data encryption and privacy features are compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, delivering best-in-class privacy and security for sensitive missions.
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Golden Eagle is Teal’s third-generation aircraft and is produced entirely in the U.S. for short-range reconnaissance and powerful situational awareness. It protects and informs operators with vertically integrated secure, rugged, and intelligent drone technology. With modular and scalable autonomy, and next-generation AI and sensor modalities layered on top, Teal believes unmanned systems can become orders of magnitude more useful tools, increasing operational effectiveness and lethality, and enhancing the potential of mission success.
About Vantage Robotics
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Vantage Robotics designs, builds and sells UAVs and UAV components for the U.S. government as well as commercial customers. Customers include the U.S. Army, FLIR, Ford, CNN, and Motorola Solutions. Vantage’s Type 1 UAS options include a suite of swappable modular gimbals, which were built to cater to the DoD’s needs and to prioritize safety, security and performance. Founded in 2013, Vantage is a team of seasoned engineers, including professionals from NASA and Stanford, with backgrounds in high-tech products. We have done nothing over the last seven years but focus on making the most capable portable UAS.