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.”

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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.

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HyperWerx: Building the Future

HyperWerx: Building the Future

Amir Husain is the CEO & founder of SkyGrid, provider of airspace management services for commercial drone operators, enterprises, and aviation authorities. Husain explains how building the HyperWerx campus will showcase what AI really can do for SkyGrid and its partners. 

What is the vision for SkyGrid’s use of the HyperWerx facility? 

HyperWerx is a one-of-a-kind autonomy facility where SkyGrid and our partners can test complex systems, build, design, deploy, and showcase how AI, drones, sensors and other exponential technologies come together to solve important social problems and create large-scale economic opportunities.  

At HyperWerx, SkyGrid will bring next-generation autonomous aviation to life – end to end. This includes flying and testing drones, integrating them with AI algorithms, experiencing first-hand the limitations of commercial systems, the peculiarities of GPS receivers, image enhancement technology and the criticality of sensors and flight controllers. In a nutshell, exploring the art of the possible and expanding its boundaries.  

How is HyperWerx different from other testing facilities?  

The work at HyperWerx ranges from software to hardware, from fabrication to testing, and goes well beyond supporting just aerial robots. The capabilities available to us at HyperWerx are incredibly robust, and we will continue to add differentiated elements on the campus as time goes on.  

HyperWerx represents a unique ecosystem and community. In addition to SparkCognition and SGS, our key strategic partners, including Boeing and Raytheon, are also involved. Broadly, HyperWerx allows for collaboration with academia, commercial, and defense partners at the facility, who are able to work on challenging projects together. HyperWerx will be a hub for one-of-a-kind collaborations with leading minds across industry.  

What will HyperWerx allow you to do now that they have opened building one? 

HyperWerx will allow us to carry out physical integration with a variety of sensors, test guidance and swarm algorithms, monitor drone safety and performance, develop requirements for next generation versions of the SkyGrid platform, aerial-terrestrial integrated autonomous systems, and much more. 

Who are the HyperWerx partners? 

We are joined in our efforts by SparkCognition and SparkCognition Government Systems (SGS) and are already in discussions with leading enterprises and research institutions who will join us on what promises to be an amazing journey. The work we are doing with Boeing and Raytheon will also be featured significantly at HyperWerx. Together, we will work to imagine, prototype and build revolutionary new systems that accelerate our collective transition into a magnificent future, one which I hope will exceed our wildest imagination. 

Are all solutions developed at HyperWerx experimental, or are there products that are currently being sold to customers?  

Various systems ranging from experimental to production systems are being built and tested at HyperWerx. Some of these include autonomous control systems, hybrid UAVs, advanced computer vision systems, autonomous control systems and SkyGrid’s unmanned traffic management platform.  

Why did you choose this location?  

SkyGrid is headquartered in Austin, and the 50 acres of land on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, provides ample resources and space for testing. Austin is culturally rich, demographically diverse and has one of the finest research universities in the world. UT Austin’s computer science department, for example, ranks #6 and its prowess in the field of AI is arguably ranked even higher. HyperWerx will only continue to push the city forward as one of the world’s leading tech communities in Austin’s growing tech ecosystem.  

What are the future plans for HyperWerx? When will the development of the facilities and land be complete?  

Building One of HyperWerx is just the first of many phases we envision in the development of the HyperWerx campus. The campus will continue to see the addition of facilities and robust capabilities, including new structures, test ranges and support for industry specific scenarios. 

What excites you most about the HyperWerx facility? 

What excites me about HyperWerx is not just that it represents the growth of the company, but mostly that it will provide our clients, partners, and team with a laboratory within which to roll up our sleeves and build the future. Personally, I have no intention of merely watching this process unfold from the sidelines. I intend to be right beside our partners and our team – those brave architects of the future – neck deep in the heady business of building, testing, deploying and perfecting products that will tangibly fulfill the promise of the AI revolution.  

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.

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Marketing Manager
crepsold@skygrid.com

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VP, Marketing Communications
msaab@sparkcognition.com

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

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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.

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Carla Repsold

Marketing Manager

crepsold@skygrid.com

(512) 568 4886

SkyGrid Named 2020 A-LIST Award Winner by Austin Chamber & SXSW

Now in its 10th year, the A-LIST awards by the Austin Chamber and SXSW celebrate the most promising and innovative companies in central Texas, and I’m incredibly honored to share SkyGrid was named a 2020 winner in the Tech & Innovation category.

With more than 130 nominations, the awards honor a select number of companies developing market-disruptive technologies, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here at SkyGrid.
 
 

In just over one year since SkyGrid was founded, our team has launched an all-in-one drone app that’s enabling a new era of autonomous aviation. As the only solution built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid Flight Control offers a smarter, more complete solution to automate every phase of flight.

Our app makes it easy to autonomously surveil a defined area and detect objects, such as people, vehicles, and animals, with AI computer vision. This powerful technology enables a more efficient approach to monitor social distancing, respond to natural disasters, surveil critical infrastructure, and much more.

Ultimately, SkyGrid Flight Control is a first step forward in our vision to become the world’s most trusted airspace management system that integrates all unmanned aircraft in the global airspace.

While this has been an unprecedented year in so many ways, I’m very proud of what our team has been able to accomplish. We believe in a future where millions of autonomous aircraft of all shapes and sizes will take to the skies to move our goods, improve our agriculture, augment our security and even provide safe transportation.

SkyGrid is essential to that future… we’re already solving some of the most complex problems in unmanned aviation and our journey has just begun!

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.

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Risa Kleen
Marketing Manager
press@skygrid.com

A Look Behind SkyGrid’s Brand Refresh

Today is an exciting day for the SkyGrid team as we unveil a new look and feel for our website, products, and brand at large!

Since our official launch just over a year ago, we’ve made incredible progress. We built a team of the brightest minds in the industry, established new customers and partnerships with industry leaders, and developed a product that we truly believe will revolutionize unmanned aviation.

We remain focused on our mission – to safely and intelligently power the next generation of autonomous aviation – and our vision – to become the world’s most trusted airspace management system that integrates all unmanned aircraft in the global airspace. But we felt it was important to have our progress and innovation reflected in our brand.

A key component of this brand refresh is our new logo. Our brandmark not only represents an “S” for SkyGrid, but also reveals an aerial view of a flight path – a portrayal of how we’re simplifying the complex airspace.

In low altitude airspace, conditions shift rapidly and unpredictably. Commercial drone operators are expected to monitor weather changes, avoid buildings and temporary objects, factor in risks on the ground, and maintain separation from other aircraft.

As the number of UAVs in our airspace grows, it’s not feasible for operators and authorities to safely manage unmanned flights with the current technologies available to them. A smarter approach to airspace management is required to help operators navigate the complex sky and allow authorities to monitor the growing volume of unmanned traffic.

Built on AI and blockchain technology, SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ is filling the gaps unaccounted for in today’s unmanned traffic management (UTM) systems. Our AI models analyze crucial data, such as airspace traffic, weather forecasts, ground risks, and vehicle performance, to generate the safest flight paths, adapt flights as conditions change, and predict drone maintenance needs. At the same time, blockchain technology enables us to mandate airspace compliance and create verified audit trails.

These advanced technologies allow us to make the increasingly complex airspace simple, safe, and secure.

Ultimately, we’re solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating drones, air taxis, and other unmanned aircraft in the global airspace, and we’re proud to reveal a new and improved brand that reflects this innovation.