IAI Awarded NASA Contract to Develop an Urban Area Microclimate Predictions Tool for Small UAS

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Jan. 28, 2020 — Intelligent Automation, Incorporated (IAI), a technology innovation company, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) to develop a weather prediction service using machine learning and computational fluid dynamics simulations. The service will combine the coarse estimates of mesoscale predictions from NOAA weather products with high fidelity, localized, ground station data. The technology developed by IAI, and its subcontractor Stanford University, addresses a critical gap in microscale, hyperlocal weather forecasts required for safe operations of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in urban areas.

IAI has extensive experience in design analysis, optimization, flight dynamics, and control techniques for complex systems. In developing this technology, IAI will leverage its extensive experience in air traffic management, high performance computing (HPC), and machine learning to develop an urban area microclimate prediction tool for small UAS.

“IAI is proud to have been selected by NASA to explore the use of new artificial intelligence/data science methods and approaches to the air transportation problems related to the current and near-future use of small UAS for a wide range of commercial and surveillance operations,”  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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