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VERTICAL AEROSPACE BECOMES HONEYWELL’S FIRST EVTOLL PARTNER
Monday, July 15, 2019
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BRISTOL, UK -- Vertical Aerospace has confirmed a strategic partnership with Honeywell to use their fly by wire aircraft control systems on future Vertical Aerospace aircraft.

Cities are already overly congested and polluted. Vertical Aerospace wants to remedy this by making urban air mobility a reality by 2023. Strong partners like Honeywell who have invested in the technologies applicable for the eVTOL market, making their systems smaller and lighter whilst having the knowledge and experience to keep safety at the forefront, are key to success.

The agreement will provide Vertical Aerospace’s vehicles with Honeywell’s latest flight systems for urban air mobility. These include Honeywell’s new triplex fly-by-wire computers, which offer the critical redundancy they are looking for in developing incredibly safe eVTOL aircraft. Honeywell’s high-performance systems are ideally suited to the high capability aircraft that Vertical Aerospace is developing.

The agreement between Honeywell and Vertical Aerospace was signed on June 28, and it will be integrated into a flying prototype in 2020.

Michael Cervenka, Vertical Aerospace COO, said: "I’m delighted that Vertical is leading the way in signing this important contract with Honeywell. This is the culmination of a thorough evaluation, during which we have been impressed with Honeywell’s product offering and technical capabilities. Equally important is the speed, agility and level of support they have provided. I very much look forward to progressing to the next phase, on our exciting journey towards a fully certified aircraft."

Carl Esposito, president, Electronic Solutions, Honeywell Aerospace, said: "Rapid technology innovation is at the forefront of our surge in meeting the urban air mobility challenge. We're excited to work with Vertical Aerospace on installing our new compact fly-by-wire system in their eVTOL platform, helping their air taxi meet all safety, maintenance and operating objectives from prototype testing through deployment."

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FALCO EVO DRONE IS USED TO MONITOR IRREGULAR MIGRATION DURING FRONTEX OPERATION
Friday, July 12, 2019
ROME -- On June 20, Leonardo's Falco EVO tactical remotely-piloted aerial system played a key role in monitoring a case involving irregular migrants in the Mediterranean sea as part of monitoring activities of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. In an operation launched from the Italian island of Lampedusa, the Falco EVO worked with other Frontex assets to identify a "mothership" trawler as 81 illegal migrants were transferred to smaller boats, a technique increasingly used by criminal organizations. Following the transfer, the Falco EVO’s surveillance payloads kept a close eye on the trawler until an enforcement operation was launched by Italian authorities to seize the boat.

The Falco EVO system deployed at Lampedusa Airport has already flown for more than 280 hours on behalf of Frontex, with one mission on the 26th June clocking in at 17 hours and 21 minutes. This extra-long mission came about when Frontex received a request from the Italian Authorities to help monitor two boats in the Lampedusa area. Close collaboration between ENAV, ENAC, AST Lampedusa, the Italian Guardia di Finanza (customs police) and Leonardo allowed the mission finish time to be extended by two hours to 24:00 so that the Falco EVO could support the interception.

The Falco EVO has been deployed at Lampedusa Airport since December 2018 as part of multipurpose aerial surveillance provided by Frontex. Flights are planned in coordination with the Guardia di Finanza and the Italian Ministry of the Interior and carried out by Leonardo, which owns and operates the Falco EVO under a service arrangement. ENAC, Italy’s national agency for civil aviation, ENAV, the company managing Italy’s civil air traffic, and Lampedusa Airport operator AST Aeroservizi also support the operations.

In its configuration for the Frontex mission, the Falco EVO is equipped with an advanced suite of sensors including the Company’s Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light radar, which is suitable for long range missions during the day and at night. The Falco EVO is operated and maintained by Leonardo crews.

Source:  Leonardo
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PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES TO PROVIDE U.S. WITH COTS INTELLIGENCE SOFTWARE AND SERVICES
Friday, July 12, 2019
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ALTO, Calif. -- Palantir Technologies has been awarded a $27,640,000 fixed-price blanket purchase agreement under the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Enterprise Software Initiative to provide commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, software and services for DoD, the Intelligence community and the Coast Guard. This one-year agreement includes four, one-year option periods, which if exercised, would bring the potential value of this agreement to an estimated $143,800,000 million.

The ordering period of the base agreement will be from July 12, 2019, through July 11, 2020. If all options are exercised, the ordering period will extend through July 11, 2024.

No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated at the delivery order level using operations and maintenance (DoD) funds. This agreement was non-competitively procured with a brand name justification in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 8.405-6 via a limited source solicitation and publication on the General Services Administration eBuy web site.

The U.S. Navy's Naval Information Warfare Center, Pacific, is the contracting activity. The contract award number is N66001-19-A-0044.

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