SkyGrid Signs Space Act Agreement with NASA

SkyGrid partners with NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign to collaborate on operations infrastructure and airspace simulation.

AUSTIN, Texas, July 13, 2021 – SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company has been selected to participate in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign. The award focuses on system development through integrated vehicle and airspace demonstrations in real-world scenarios. Developing a safe and effective aerial mobility infrastructure is a critical prerequisite to large scale commercialization of air taxis, cargo delivery aircraft and other new air vehicle concepts.

SkyGrid is one of only thirteen companies and institutions that have been chosen for a Space Act Agreement to work with NASA to define and develop the future of advanced aerial mobility (AAM). SkyGrid will participate in National Campaign-1 (NC-1) by developing future airspace system capabilities based on its AerialOS platform. NC-1 will include flight demonstrations and simulations at test sites around the country over several months in 2022.

“The National Campaign team is excited to conduct operational flight demonstrations with the first Advanced Air Mobility integrated experimental ecosystem for the urban environment that connects airspace providers, infrastructure services, and a UAM vehicle in real time,” said Starr Ginn, AAM National Campaign lead.

As an infrastructure and airspace partner, SkyGrid will collaborate with NASA to address key safety and integration challenges necessary to develop aviation markets for passenger and cargo transportation. SkyGrid will also focus on critical operational challenges such as air to air conflict management, community impact, interoperability among novel vehicles, airspace management systems, and urban infrastructure.

“We are excited to work with NASA and be part of the Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign. Together, we will define when, where and how to safely and securely integrate manned and unmanned vehicles in our national and global airspace.” said Amir Husain, CEO and founder of SkyGrid. “With our fast-maturing AerialOS platform, SkyGrid is already working to unlock the future of mobility. This partnership with NASA will allow us to more broadly collaborate with key industry participants and demonstrate the progress SkyGrid has made in a very brief time.”

About SkyGrid

SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of autonomous aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain technologies, SkyGrid solves the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft into complex, rapidly changing airspace. SkyGrid’s intelligent system monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in environment conditions, aircraft performance, and regulatory dynamics to safely enable a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package deliveries to aerial taxis. SkyGrid is also an FAA approved LAANC service supplier, providing flight authorizations to thousands of drone operators in the US.

 

SkyGrid Press Contact

Carla Repsold

Marketing Manager

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Pioneering Blockchain Investor, Rumi Morales, Appointed Adviser for SkyGrid

Former CME and Goldman executive played key role in developing crypto ecosystem with Ripple investment and CME Crypto Futures

AUSTIN, Texas, June 9, 2021 – SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company that brings artificial intelligence, blockchain, and a over a century of aviation experience to the drone space, announced today that Rumi Morales, Partner and Board Member at Outlier Ventures and former head of CME Ventures, has been added to its Advisory Board. In her role at SkyGrid, Morales will help cultivate the ecosystem relationships and technology strategy that will define SkyGrid’s next generation products.

Morales is a pioneer in blockchain technologies and digital currency, and a leading educator and investor in artificial intelligence, robotics, and quantum computing companies. In her previous role at CME Ventures, the investment arm of the Chicago-based CME Group, Morales was responsible for early investments in blockchain startup Ripple, distributed ledger startup Digital Asset Holdings, and investment company Digital Currency Group. More broadly, Morales spearheaded investments in blockchain companies as well as in companies specializing in AI, IoT, and quantum computing.

“SkyGrid has experienced tremendous growth and industry interest in its platform. This is primarily because we have focused on building a highly-skilled team of innovators,” said Amir Husain, President and CEO of SkyGrid. “As a proven leader in blockchain technologies and the crypto ecosystem, Rumi will bring valuable knowledge to the SkyGrid team and play a key role as we continue to scale and build our next-gen platform for autonomy and aviation.”

Recently recognized in the Forbes 2021 Top 50 Blockchain list, SkyGrid leverages the functionality of blockchain and AI to provide secure and safe airspace management for drones. This blockchain-enabled air traffic control system allows for accurate, immutable flight records, maintenance and regulatory validation and transparency. Beyond the use of Blockchain in autonomous aviation, the company has already demonstrated many technology firsts, including a recent “world first” flight demonstration that showcased AI-powered cyber defense capabilities fully integrated on-board an autonomous, unmanned aerial vehicle.

“I’m extremely excited to join SkyGrid on its journey to define the future of large scale unmanned aviation. This is an important mission and one in which safety, auditability, and trust will factor heavily. Blockchain technology has a critical role in enabling all these characteristics, and I look forward in helping the SkyGrid team take their ground-breaking platform to the next level.

About SkyGrid 

SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environmental conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance.

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Carla Repsold

Marketing Manager

crepsold@skygrid.com

SkyGrid and Its Partners Open HyperWerx Autonomy Facility in Greater Austin Area

HyperWerx

Leading AI company announces the launch of a cutting-edge testing facility.

AUSTIN, Texas, May 26, 2021 – SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, and SparkCognition, the world’s leading infrastructure-focused artificial intelligence (AI) company, is pleased to announce the opening of a new complex, HyperWerx™, a first-of-its-kind autonomy facility to showcase the potential of AI integrated with physical systems. The HyperWerx facility will be used by SparkCognition and its partners to develop and test the exciting, new advancements in the world’s most promising technologies. 

Building the Future of AI at HyperWerx

“When you work with technology as nebulous as software, it can be challenging to visualize exactly how AI and physical systems will work together. Beyond that, it is simply not possible to develop new physical applications without the experimentation, testing and safety validation process,” said Amir Husain, Founder and CEO of SparkCognition. “With that in mind, we conceived HyperWerx – a place where we can truly explore the interplay between AI software and the physical systems, which I believe will be a core driver in shaping the future of society.” 

The HyperWerx facility sits on 50 acres in the greater Austin area, and will explore many facets of AI capabilities–ranging from the development of robotics platforms and unmanned aerial vehicles to the integration of terrestrial and aerial systems and extending to applications in commercial and defense industries. While plans to further develop the entire campus are already in motion, the immediate opening of Building One at HyperWerx will allow SparkCognition to begin deploying complex sensors, fleets of drones, radars, next generation versions of the SkyGrid platform, integrated aerial and terrestrial autonomous systems, and much more.  

The HyperWerx facility currently includes participation from key partners SkyGrid and SparkCognition Government Systems and will continue to enhance its partner ecosystem as it adds new capabilities. SkyGrid, a joint venture between Boeing and SparkCognition, is the world’s first aviation operating system built on AI and blockchain, and SparkCognition Government Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of SparkCognition, is the world’s first full-spectrum AI company devoted entirely to government and national defense. Current and future partners of HyperWerx will also use the facility to explore new systems and deliver cutting-edge solutions to their customers and partners. 

“As technology progresses exponentially, our physical world is increasingly intersecting with the digital world – and exploring the fusion of hardware and software has never been a greater imperative,” said Steve Nordlund, Vice President and General Manager of Phantom Works at The Boeing Company, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at SparkCognition. “With the launch of HyperWerx, SparkCognition is proving its ongoing commitment to bringing the potential of AI to life, solving real world challenges facing its customers and partners.”  

This first facility represents hour zero for HyperWerx. The vision for the entire HyperWerx campus is to create an AI ecosystem that involves several partners focused on exploring the art of the possible with AI and other exponential technologies. In the future, SparkCognition will continue to develop the HyperWerx campus, adding more facilities and innovative courses to support the vision of SparkCognition and its HyperWerx partners.  

About SkyGrid
SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environmental conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance. For more information, visit skygrid.com, LinkedIn, or Twitter. 

About SparkCognition
SparkCognition catalyzes sustainable growth for their clients throughout the world with proven artificial intelligence (AI) systems, award-winning machine learning technology, and a multinational team of AI thought-leaders. Clients are trusted with advancing lives, infrastructure, sustainability, and financial systems across the globe. They partner with SparkCognition to understand their industry’s most pressing challenges, analyze complex data, empower decision-making, and transform human and industrial productivity. With leading-edge artificial intelligence products—Darwin®️, DeepArmor ®️, SparkPredict ®️, and DeepNLPTM—SparkCognition’s clients can adapt to a rapidly changing digital landscape and accelerate their business strategies. To learn more about how SparkCognition’s AI applications can unlock the power in your data, visit. www.sparkcognition.com. 

SkyGrid Contact Info 
Carla Repsold
Marketing Manager
crepsold@skygrid.com

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Michelle Saab
VP, Marketing Communications
msaab@sparkcognition.com

SkyGrid and SparkCognition Deploy First AI-Powered Cybersecurity System on Drones

drone cybersecurity

High-performance, edge deployed cybersecurity platform will provide zero-day protection against advanced attacks.

AUSTIN, Texas, January 19, 2021 – SparkCognition, the world’s leading industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company, and SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, today announced a new collaboration to deploy AI-powered cybersecurity directly on drones, protecting them from zero-day attacks during flight. Equipped with SparkCognition’s DeepArmor® cybersecurity product, SkyGrid is the first airspace management system to enable drone protection powered by AI. This approach provides more advanced airspace security than traditional anti-malware reliant on signatures of known threats.

“In the near future, we’ll essentially have a network of flying computers in the sky, and just like the computers we use today, drones can be hacked if not secured properly,” said Amir Husain, CEO and founder of SparkCognition and SkyGrid. “In this emerging environment, traditional anti-malware technology won’t be adequate to detect these never-before-seen attacks. SkyGrid is taking a new, intelligent approach by using AI to more accurately detect and prevent cyberattacks from impacting a drone, a payload, or a ground station.”

Integrated with SkyGrid’s airspace management system, AerialOS™, the DeepArmor product can be deployed directly on drone hardware to function even when network connectivity is impaired or non-existent. The AI protection defends drones from zero-day attacks by leveraging models trained on the DNA of malicious files instead of relying on a signature database.

SkyGrid and SparkCognition showcased the DeepArmor product’s drone protection in a recent demonstration: https://youtu.be/syX_NevNJX0

“We leveraged cutting-edge AI research and technology to build the DeepArmor product, which allows it to protect endpoints against 99.9% of never-before-seen threats,” said Sridhar Sudarsan, Chief Technology Officer at SparkCognition. “In addition, the product’s uniqueness lies in its ability to provide top-rate endpoint protection on the lowest footprint with minimal interference – all in varying degrees of connectivity. This is the true overarching security differentiator from which SkyGrid’s customers will see value.”

The DeepArmor product suite leverages SparkCognition’s patented machine learning technology combined with a defense in depth mantra to provide multiple layers of protection on an endpoint – instead of using known signatures, heuristics, or rules-based approaches. The software protects a wide range of endpoints, with its most recent addition to the product suite, DeepArmor Industrial, launched in collaboration with Siemens Energy and designed to protect operational technology assets across the energy value chain.

SparkCognition’s AI-first approach to cybersecurity and the DeepArmor product’s advanced threat detection models have been validated by multiple awards, including 2020 Cyber Defense Magazine’s award for best endpoint security and CRN’s 2020 Security 100 List.

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About SkyGrid
SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environmental conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance. For more information, visit skygrid.com, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

About SparkCognition
SparkCognition catalyzes sustainable growth for their clients throughout the world with proven artificial intelligence (AI) systems, award-winning machine learning technology, and a multinational team of AI thought-leaders. Clients are trusted with advancing lives, infrastructure, sustainability, and financial systems across the globe. They partner with SparkCognition to understand their industry’s most pressing challenges, analyze complex data, empower decision-making, and transform human and industrial productivity. With leading-edge artificial intelligence products—Darwin®️, DeepArmor ®️, SparkPredict ®️, and DeepNLPTM—SparkCognition’s clients can adapt to a rapidly changing digital landscape and accelerate their business strategies. To learn more about how SparkCognition’s AI applications can unlock the power in your data, visit www.sparkcognition.com.

SkyGrid Press Contact

Carla Repsold

Marketing Manager

crepsold@skygrid.com

(512) 568 4886

SkyGrid Launches All-in-One Drone App to Automate Every Phase of Flight

SkyGrid Flight Control

Free iPad app, SkyGrid Flight Control, makes it easy to explore the airspace, automate flights, and get real-time insights

AUSTIN, Texas, September 29, 2020 – SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, today launched a new application for drone operators and enterprises to automate every phase of flight in one unified solution. Now available for free in the iPad App Store, SkyGrid Flight Control™ simplifies mission planning and execution, allowing drone operators to autonomously surveil a defined area and detect objects in real-time. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI) computer vision, the solution enables more efficient search and rescue missions, disaster response, perimeter surveillance, site inspections, and more.

“Traditionally, drone operators have used several different tools to check airspace, get LAANC, plan and execute flights, and gather insights, but it’s a manual, cumbersome process,” said Amir Husain, CEO and founder of SkyGrid. “Recognizing this challenge, SkyGrid has minimized the burden on drone operators by creating one solution that automates airspace, flights, and insights. As the only drone solution built on AI and blockchain technologies, we give operators and enterprises the assurances they need to execute safe, compliant missions.”

Powered by SkyGrid’s AerialOS™, SkyGrid Flight Control enables drone operators to automate airspace authorization, mission planning, flight execution, and object detection in one end-to-end solution. The following features and functionality are available for free within the iPad application:

  •  Airspace intelligence: Provides a map of airspace classes, boundaries, temporary flight restrictions, notices to airmen, and other advisories.
  • Ground intelligence: Displays population density, obstacles, elevation, and more.
  • Advanced weather data: Details hyper-local precipitation, wind speed and direction, temperature, cloud cover, and more.
  • Real-time airspace authorization: Automates authorization to fly in U.S. controlled airspace under 400 feet through integration with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) 4.0.
  • Automated mission planning: Automatically generates area exploration, waypoint, and multi-objective missions based on custom flight parameters, such as desired speed, altitude, and location.
  • Autonomous flight execution: Autonomously launches the drone and performs the pre-defined flight plan.
  • AI object recognition: Detects objects in real-time as a drone surveils the defined area with AI computer vision.

More advanced enterprise features are also available for organizations to better manage all drones, pilots, and airspace operations. These features include AI-based mission planning and rerouting, multi-drone missions, custom object detection and counting, geofencing and alerts, and more.

“SkyGrid Flight Control is an important stepping-stone to enable more complex commercial drone operations and advanced air mobility in urban, regional, and global markets,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Being NeXt and executive board advisor of SkyGrid. “SkyGrid is solving complex problems in unmanned aviation with a system that will safely integrate the future volume of drones, passenger air vehicles, and other autonomous aircraft in the global airspace.”

Download SkyGrid Flight Control today in the iPad App Store or visit the SkyGrid website for more information about the advanced enterprise features.

About SkyGrid

SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environmental conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance.

Contact Info

Risa Kleen
Marketing Manager
press@skygrid.com

SkyGrid Adds Hyper-Local Weather Data for Safer Drone Operations

Weather data for drones

New partnership with data provider ClimaCell enhances company’s aerial operating system with micro-weather feeds for hyper-accurate, on-demand forecasts

AUSTIN, Texas, February 11, 2020 – SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, announced today it’s integrating multiple data layers, including hyper-local weather data, into its aerial operating system to enable safer drone operations. SkyGrid is committed to providing the most comprehensive airspace intelligence to help commercial drone operators minimize risks and navigate the sky with confidence.

“We welcome ClimaCell as a SkyGrid data partner and are excited to provide highly accurate weather data to enable safer drone operations,” said Amir Husain, CEO and founder of SkyGrid. “Safety and security are our top priorities as millions of autonomous vehicles begin to take flight in the global airspace. That’s why we’re fueling our system with advanced data sources and using AI-driven predictive analytics to take the guesswork out of planning the safest routes.”

In addition to advanced weather data, SkyGrid has fueled its system with global airspace intelligence, such as aircraft traffic, airspace classes, flight restrictions, obstacle data, population density, and more. Data layers supported by SkyGrid now include:

  • Global weather updates: Wind speed, precipitation type and intensity, temperature, visibility, dew point, cloud cover, air quality, pressure, and more.
  • Hyper-local weather: Minute-by-minute hyper-local weather data, including precipitation, wind, lightning, and air quality.
  • Weather forecasts: Global weather forecasts, including precipitation, lightning, flooding, fire index, and more.
  • Live flight data: Global flight information in near real-time, including aircraft positions, planned routes, status information, and more.
  • Advanced NOTAMs: Global flight restrictions and navigation warnings, enhanced to show full NOTAM lifecycle and coordinates.
  • Live roadway traffic: Near real-time roadway traffic to provide ground awareness during flight.

“We’re thrilled to partner with SkyGrid,” said Itai Zlotnik, Co-Founder and Chief of Customer Success at ClimaCell. “The work they’re doing to lead and inspire the future of aerial transportation is truly amazing, and we’re looking forward to powering their weather-based decision making and operational protocols.”

In the coming months, SkyGrid will continue to add more advanced data feeds to its system, including drone performance data. Using artificial intelligence, SkyGrid’s AerialOS® will generate the safest routes based on a wide variety of factors, including environmental conditions and a vehicle’s health.

About SkyGrid
SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environment conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance.

Contact Info
Risa Kleen
Marketing Manager
press@skygrid.com

SkyGrid Approved by FAA as LAANC Supplier

Boeing, SparkCognition joint venture gains key integration with FAA to automate application and approval process for airspace authorizations

AUSTIN, Texas, December 3, 2019 — SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, today announced it has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a supplier of Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services. Now a UAS Service Supplier (USS) of LAANC, the Austin-based company will accelerate its commitment to ensuring safe and secure integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the global airspace.

LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and industry partners to help automate the application and approval process for airspace authorizations. The FAA service provides drone pilots with access to controlled airspace at or below 400 feet and air traffic professionals with visibility into where and when drones are operating.

“LAANC integration is a key addition to the SkyGrid aerial operating system, which is focused on making UAV integration safer, more secure, and collaborative with regulators across the globe,” said Amir Husain, CEO of SkyGrid. “By offering scalable and robust capabilities – from flight planning to autonomous cybersecurity – in a single, integrated framework, SkyGrid will make large-scale drone applications more practical and accessible.”

SkyGrid’s LAANC implementation will allow customers to seamlessly apply for flight approvals directly within the SkyGrid platform. This integration provides approval for commercial (Part 107 Airspace Authorization and Part 107 Further Coordination) and recreational (Section 44809) LAANC functionality.

“Our goal is to collaborate across the globe as we develop this platform to safely enable the integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt and a SkyGrid board member. “We’re committed to making the skies safer and having the right digital infrastructure for reliable urban air mobility.”

About SkyGrid
SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environment conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance.

Contact Info
Risa Kleen
Marketing Manager
press@skygrid.com