Announcing $2M Contract with DIU and Teaming Agreement with GE Aviation
Respective Commitments Show the Increased Trust of U.S. Gov and Major Corporations in Open Source as the Western way to build complex software solutions and converge on common standards in the Drone Industry.
Today, at the largest gathering for unmanned aerial systems, AUVSI Xponential in Chicago, we are very excited to announce a secured contract from the DIU worth $2M, as well as a teaming agreement with GE Aviation — an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), and world leader for avionics and digital solutions for commercial, business, and general aviation aircraft.
Our first announcement, the teaming agreement with GE Aviation, provides a comprehensive hardware and software solution for drone manufacturers and operators seeking to enable commercial drone operations at scale. It enables the Auterion Enterprise PX4 operating system to run on GE Aviation’s Unmanned Aircraft System avionics platform and leverages their experience in avionics and safety-critical systems.
Our second announcement, the award of the $2M contract by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), benefits the whole PX4 ecosystem by further enhancing the software’s capabilities. This is an effort by the U.S. Government spur innovation in the PX4 ecosystem and boost compatibility standards in the drone industry. Auterion was chosen as the trusted partner due to its leadership in the PX4 ecosystem and its significant legacy in PX4.
Together, these announcements show how an open source approach allows multiple stakeholders to work together (within academia, government, and private sector) to solve some of the biggest technology, safety, and compliance issues still holding back the commercial drone industry. Open source is the modern and Western way to build complex software solutions and converge on common standards. It helps boost transparency outside the industry and build confidence among the public and regulators.
We want to thank both the DIU and GE Aviation for their trust in Auterion and in the overall PX4 ecosystem!