IAI Awarded U.S. Air Force Contract to Continue to Optimize Energy and Propulsion Controls of Hybrid Powered UAVs

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Jan. 9, 2020 — Intelligent Automation, Incorporated (IAI), a technology innovation company, announced today that it has been awarded a follow-on contract by the U.S. Air Force to continue development and demonstration of an intelligent robust controller that optimizes the energy consumption for propulsion of small hybrid electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Hybrid electric propulsion systems provide an enormous advantage over conventionally-powered vehicles providing better energy efficiency, longer flight duration, and lower noise signature. In this contract, IAI will develop an energy control system that will optimize the energy consumption and regeneration between the power units such that the hybrid system can operate in the highest efficient condition, minimizing energy usage, maximizing power regeneration, and extending operating time.

IAI specializes in developing and applying advanced sensing, signal processing, machine learning, controls and optimization techniques to diverse engineering problems across military, transportation, aerospace, health, and industrial markets.

“IAI is proud to have been selected by the Air Force to explore innovative technologies to meet technology gaps in hybrid power controls of small UAVs,” said Vikram Manikonda, President and CEO of IAI.

About IAI

IAI is a technology innovation company specializing in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal agencies and corporations. IAI leverages agile R&D processes, a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment, and a substantial intellectual property portfolio to develop concepts into market-focused products and customer-driven solutions. IAI’s core R&D areas include: AI & Advanced Computing; Autonomy & Robotics; Healthcare Research Technologies; Modeling, Simulation & Visualization; Networks & Cyber Security; and Radar, Communications & Sensors. For more information about IAI, please visit www.i-a-i.com.


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