IAI Awarded U.S. Air Force Contract to Develop an Optimization Framework for Urban Air Mobility Aircraft

ROCKVILLE, Md.—December 3, 2020Intelligent Automation, Incorporated (IAI), a technology innovation company, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to develop an urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft design tool to rapidly analyze and optimize different electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) noise concepts with distributed electric propulsion (DEP).

In this contract, IAI’s optimization framework for design and control of low noise eVTOL and STOL UAM aircraft. It will focus on efficient computation, appropriate fidelity aerodynamic calculations, and incorporation of DEP control and acoustic considerations in the context of UAM missions.

“IAI understands the challenge of aircraft acoustics and is proud to support the U.S. Air Force’s efforts in this area,” said Vikram Manikonda, President and CEO of IAI.

IAI is a leader in research and development for optical systems, machine vision, autonomy, human-machine interfaces, and robotic inspection. IAI develops AI/ML-based products and customized solutions to address government and industry needs in application areas such as real-time image stabilization, target detection and tracking, supervised semi-autonomy, and intuitive remote operation of robotic systems.


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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