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AiRXOS is solving the big problems of unmanned flight – opening a new era in aviation that will change the way businesses operate and grow. AiRXOS helps unlock the value of unmanned aerial systems – giving enterprises, cities, and states the freedom to accelerate operations, improve productivity, reduce costs, and increase safety.
Provides flight monitoring for world’s first unmanned aircraft delivery of donor organ for transplant surgery in an urban environment
BOSTON, MA – April 26, 2019 – AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, participated in the world’s first unmanned aircraft (UA) flight that delivered a donor kidney to surgeons in Baltimore, Maryland for successful transplantation into a patient with kidney failure. The momentous flight was a collaboration between transplant physicians and researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in Baltimore; aviation and engineering experts at the University of Maryland (UMD); and collaborators at the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (The LLF). While organ transport by drone has been previously tested successfully between medical facilities by the University of Maryland UAS Test Site in St. Mary’s County, this is the first time the flight operation was used to deliver an organ for transplant.
The unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight operation was monitored by AiRXOS’ Air MobilityTM Platform, a rich, cutting-edge grade framework enabling unmanned traffic management applications, operations and services. The Air Mobility Platform manages the volume, density, and variety of unmanned traffic data, while coordinating and integrating that data within a secure, FAA-compliant, gated cloud environment to ensure safe unmanned operations.
Among the many technological firsts of this effort include: a specially designed, high-tech apparatus for maintaining and monitoring a viable human organ; a custom-built UAS with eight rotors and multiple powertrains to ensure consistently reliable performance, even in the case of a possible component failure; the use of a mesh network radios to control the UAS, monitor aircraft status, and provide communications for the ground crew at multiple locations; and aircraft operating systems that combined best practices from both UAS and organ transport standards.
Flight Operation Details
On Friday, April 19th, at approximately 12:30am, a human donor kidney was loaded onto the UMMC drone. The flight, led by the University of Maryland UAS Test Site at St. Mary’s County, commenced at 1:00am. The vehicle traveled 2.6 miles (4.3 km) and flew for approximately 10 minutes. The human kidney was successfully delivered to University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and was scheduled to be used for a transplant surgery at 5:00am.
“AiRXOS is honored to have taken part in this landmark moment in medical and aviation history,” says Ken Stewart, CEO, AiRXOS. “This flight demonstrated how air mobility can transform the delivery of medical care in ways that can have significant impact on lives. It lays the foundation for future advanced drone operations. AIRXOS is privileged to have worked closely with the UMD team in helping perform this historic flight.”
“Having a robust and highly capable partner like AiRXOS teaming with us not only gave us a greater confidence for this particular operation, it really sets the stage for future Unmanned Traffic Management and Beyond Visual Line of Sight research efforts”, said Matt Scassero, director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site in St. Mary’s County.
Maryland faculty and researchers believe this prototype organ transport blazes a trail for the use of UAS to expand access to donated organs, improving outcomes for more people in need of organ transplants. Currently organs are transported by commercial aircraft or charter flights. Organ transplants have a limited window of cold ischemia time (CIT) in which an organ can be chilled and then have blood supply restored. As of January 2019, almost 114,000 individuals were on the national transplant waiting list and every day approximately 80 people receive organ transplants, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing - the nonprofit that manages the transplant system. For sensitive medical deliveries, reducing the amount of travel time in urban settings, as well as vibration during travel can help lead to better outcomes.
AIRXOS’ Air Mobility Platform is a digital infrastructure for unmanned traffic that supports and benefits advanced operations like medical delivery by providing a unique, agnostic, single point of responsibility to manage and connect heterogeneous sets of operations, applications, and devices - giving enterprises the freedom to manage operations & communications, deploy applications and expand operations as air and ground mobility needs evolve.
AiRXOS is making a new way of moving possible. From people, to cargo, to delivery, inspections, and public safety - we're taking on the global challenge of the digital drone economy and changing the future of transportation. AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, is digitizing today’s airspace, infusing next generation air traffic management technology and services with world-class aviation expertise and execution, AiRXOS is shaping a new era of transportation through global, commercial Unmanned Aircraft (UA) solutions. Learn more at: https://www.airxos.io/, or follow us on LinkedIn.
About the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Now in its third century, the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world—with 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research. With an operating budget of more than $1 billion, UMSOM works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic, and clinically-based care for more than 1.2 million patients each year. UMSOM faculty, which ranks as the 8th highest among public medical schools in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit: medschool.umaryland.edu
About the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students, 10,000 faculty and staff, and 280 academic programs. As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 57 members of the national academies. The institution has a $1.9 billion operating budget and secures $514 million annually in external research funding. For more information about the University of Maryland, College Park, visit www.umd.edu.
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Provides scalable, secure, manageable end-to-end infrastructure and applications – spanning edge to cloud – to help organizations and governments meet needs of transportation transformation and capitalize on the new urban air mobility economy
Boston, MA – April 30, 2019 – AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, today unveils a new portfolio of autonomous solutions and partners to address the needs of autonomous transportation and the rapidly growing air mobility economy. Today’s announcement underscores AiRXOS commitment to helping customers realize their mobility future by digitally integrating the complex autonomous mobility landscape into the national air space.
“The world is undergoing a massive transformation in how we move,” says Ken Stewart, CEO, AiRXOS. “From people, to cargo, to delivery, inspections, and public safety - urban air mobility and the new air mobility economy are changing transportation and society. Today’s announcement reflects AiRXOS digital strategy - enabling transportation transformation through commercial infrastructure, advanced operations solutions, and best-in-class technologies. The new Air MobilityTM portfolio infuses next generation air traffic management technology and services with world-class aviation expertise and execution. We welcome our technology and customer partners in developing this future-ready autonomous landscape.”
Air Mobility Ecosystem – Scaling the Urban Air Mobility Economy
The Air Mobility Ecosystem, a data-driven partner network of the industry’s leading technology and service innovators, brings together a cloud-based infrastructure, data intelligence, and the core applications and services integral for scaling and running a safe, robust Unmanned Traffic Management system (UTM), into one inter-dependent ecosystem from the core to the cloud. The Air Mobility Ecosystem is designed to simplify and ease development and implementation, provide an integrated, peer-to-peer infrastructure, centralize monitoring and security, enhance operational control, and support emerging technologies and workloads. AiRXOS is teaming with leading technology and services innovators to support best-in-class solutions to safely connect the complex and often fragmented air mobility landscape.
Air Mobility Platform – Unified View to Manage the Volume, Velocity, and Variety of Mobility Data
Workflows and uses cases for unmanned traffic management and urban air mobility require different combinations of applications, and services, but the solution stack – the infrastructure and ‘IT grade’ platform - must remain the same for continuity of security, scalability, and data and to reduce application silos. The Air Mobility Ecosystem runs on AiRXOS’ new Air Mobility Platform, a rich, cutting-edge framework allowing unmanned traffic management applications, operations and services to run as needed. The Air Mobility Platform is a secure, unified view of operations that manages the volume, density, and variety of unmanned traffic data, while coordinating and integrating that data within a secure, FAA compliant, gated cloud environment to ensure safe unmanned operations.
The Air Mobility Platform provides a unique, agnostic, single point of responsibility to manage and connect heterogeneous sets of operations, applications, and devices - giving enterprises the freedom to manage operations & communications, deploy applications and expand operations as air and ground mobility needs evolve. The Air Mobility Platform is built on a compliant, cyber-secure architecture, purpose built for Advanced Operations and scaling unmanned traffic systems and supports near real-time data processing, data driven analytics, flight planning operations, advanced operation applications like Beyond Visual Line of Sight, LAANC integration, FAA approval services, and provides federation for device and service management, data acquisition, exposure to applications, and agnostic support for applications.
Air Mobility Approval Services – Conquering the Complexity of Advanced Operation Approvals
The first application running on the Air Mobility Platform is the new Air Mobility Approval Service application. Addressing the demand for scalable Advanced Operations by combining consulting services with a streamlined, proprietary, operational data tool, the Air Mobility Approval Service is a lifecycle consulting service that helps organizations and independent operators conquer the complexity of UV waivers and approvals for a more confident and accurate path to gaining Advanced Operations approvals. A combination of strategic insight, domain expertise, data, and technology, the Air Mobility Approval Service helps organizations to realize the full potential of Unmanned Aircraft (UA) operations by adding Advanced Operations like Beyond Visual Line of Sight and Multi-Vehicle operations.
Where to see AiRXOS at Xponential 2019
Visit AiRXOS in Meeting Room M-8, and join us for these Xponential Panel Sessions: Karen DiMeo, Strategic Account Manager, AiRXOS, “Understanding Transportation Policy Across Domains” (Monday, April 29th 1:30p-2:30p); Ken Stewart, CEO, AiRXOS, “Enough with the Demonstrations - Time to Operationalize UTM” (Tuesday, April 30th 1:15p -2:15p); Andy Borgyos, Principal Product Manager, AiRXOS, “Data Exploitation and Collaboration Across the Enterprise (Wednesday, May 1st 11:00a-12:00p); Ted Lester, Chief UTM Engineer, AIRXOS, “Enabling BLVOS operations for Medium and Large UAS RTCA SC-228” (Thursday, May 2nd 11:30a-12:30p).
AiRXOS is making a new way of moving possible. From people, to cargo, to delivery, inspections, and public safety - we're taking on the global challenge of the digital drone economy and changing the future of transportation. AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, is digitizing today’s airspace, infusing next generation air traffic management technology and services with world-class aviation expertise and execution, AiRXOS is shaping a new era of transportation through global, commercial Unmanned Vehicle (UV) solutions.
Unique waiver assures FAA performance requirements are met; New inspection solution combines approval services with aerial intelligence to help energy organizations scale inspection operations
Boston, MA. – April 30, 2019 - AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, announces that it has received a unique and industry-progressive FAA Part 107.35 waiver for multiple unmanned aircraft operations (Multi-UA). AiRXOS’ Multi-UA waiver uniquely allows operators to simultaneously fly any type of small unmanned aircraft at any Part 107 location nationwide, provided they meet AiRXOS’ FAA-approved checklist of aircraft and location criteria.
Previous Multi-UA waivers limited the operation to a specific aircraft type at a specific location. With the advancement of AiRXOS’ Multi-UA nationwide waiver and pre-approved safety criteria, customers using AiRXOS services are assured that the FAA’s performance requirements for safety, pilot human factors, and equipage are fully met. For Multi-UA operations beyond nationwide Part 107 locations, additional airspace waivers and authorizations can be applied for leveraging AiRXOS’ verified criteria. Choosing AiRXOS provides organizations with more precision and confidence in submitting for Multi-UA operations.
Introducing Asset Inspection Solution for Energy with Air MobilityTM Ecosystem partner, Measure
Advanced operations like Multi-UA and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) are well-suited to inspection operations as they produce greater efficiency and safety, while enabling faster and better asset decision making. AiRXOS in partnership with Air Mobility Ecosystem partner, Measure, a leader in aerial intelligence, will together provide a new, holistic inspection solution for the energy industry to meet the demand for advanced, cost-efficient, safe, and scalable energy inspections.
The new offering connects AIRXOS’ Air Mobility Approval Services, a lifecycle consulting service that helps organizations and independent operators conquer the complexity of UV waivers with Measure’s aerial intelligence solutions. The partnership with Measure stems from AiRXOS Air Mobility Ecosystem which brings together innovators in Urban Air Mobility.
Energy inspections are complex, data driven operations that demand better efficiencies, greater data intelligence, and integrated solutions. In October 2018, AiRXOS helped Avitas Systems, a GE venture, develop the processes, procedures and training enabling Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly an unmanned aerial system (UAS) BVLOS in Loving County, Texas, a 22.5 square mile area owned by the Shell Oil Company. Using BVLOS, customers have scaled well inspections 5X, with a 40% savings target over time. Conducting multiple operations simultaneously increases the geographic footprint of pipeline monitoring, or flare stack inspections, while extracting more data in less time.
“The intent of Measure and AiRXOS joining forces is to solve a customer problem we hear repeatedly – that advanced operations like BVLOS and Multi-UA operations are critical enablers for scaling inspection operations,” said Ken Stewart, CEO, AiRXOS. “We’re excited to welcome Measure as an Air Mobility Ecosystem partner. Combined, we are an industry powerhouse solution – two best-of-breed solutions that will help energy organizations truly realize the full potential from their aerial inspections.”
“The partnership with AiRXOS extends Measure’s long history of being at the cutting edge of commercial drone operations,” said Brandon Torres Declet, CEO and Co-Founder of Measure. “By combining Measure’s proven expertise in drone operations and data analysis with AiRXOS’ exemplary track record in advanced waiver approvals, we will be able to provide safe, compliant, and effective solutions that maximize the benefits of deploying drones across energy operations.”
AiRXOS is making a new way of moving possible. From people, to cargo, to delivery, inspections, and public safety - we're taking on the global challenge of the digital drone economy and changing the future of transportation. AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, is digitizing today’s airspace, infusing next generation air traffic management technology and services with world-class aviation expertise and execution, AiRXOS is shaping a new era of transportation through global, commercial Unmanned Aircraft (UA) solutions. Learn more at https://www.airxos.io/, or follow us on LinkedIn.
Measure is an aerial intelligence company that enables enterprises to realize the transformative benefits of drone technology. Through our comprehensive software solution, specialized data engineering team, and highly skilled flight operations, we help corporations deploy drones at scale, saving thousands of hazardous manhours and providing millions of dollars in operational benefits. Learn more at www.measure.com or follow us on LinkedIn.
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Aviation experts demonstrate seamless integration of ground, cloud and airborne components
Reno, Nevada – April 29, 2019 – Today, GE Aviation and Auterion announce the integration of the Auterion Enterprise PX4 operating system on GE Aviation’s Unmanned Aircraft System avionics platform. They show their commitment by signing a teaming agreement to provide a comprehensive hardware and software solution for drone manufacturers and operators seeking to enable commercial drone operations at scale.
The teaming enables a full stack solution with airborne autopilot and application computing hardware, flight management, safety management and integration. GE Aviation is providing the avionics hardware, application computing, flight management and integration into airframes. Auterion is providing Enterprise PX4, the operating system that runs on the vehicle, in the cloud and the ground station.
The core architecture of the hardware and software platform has been implemented with the objective of supporting developers through global open software standards while maintaining an independent and authoritative safety controller. The combination of the two supports long-term flexibility and a high level of design assurance to enable commercial drone operations beyond visual line of sight and within complex airspace and obstacle environments.
Flight testing of the hardware and software platform took place over the last three weeks at Reno-Stead airport in Reno, Nevada. “In demonstrating a seamless integration of ground, cloud and airborne components, we’ve reached another milestone in helping to unlock the value in autonomous and UAS advanced operations,” said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics Systems for GE Aviation. “Auterion’s open standards leadership and cooperative legacy with the developer community is foundational to scale a sustainable solution critical for commercial drones.”
“We are excited about the collaboration with GE Aviation that allows us to offer our operating system on high reliability hardware to meet future regulations,” said Kevin Sartori, Co-Founder of Auterion. “With this collaboration, the combined solution will significantly reduce barriers commercial cargo drones face flying in manned airspace or inspection drones to flying in urban areas.”
This collaboration combines proven prerequisites where GE Aviation leverages their experience in avionics and unmanned airborne systems whereas the Auterion team, around co-founder Lorenz Meier, brings to the table more than a decade of experience of software development for autonomous systems in the open source community.
Auterion’s software platform provides core airborne software infrastructure including flight peripherals and camera integrations, data networking, precision navigation and compliance with traffic management. Working closely with the open source community, Auterion software on the vehicle is largely developed on top of the leading open source robotics software projects, PX4 and ROS 2.
The hardware and software platform is designed with commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and/or service providers in mind. Stop by Auterion’s AUVSI Xponential booth #2009 in Chicago to see the platform in action. Pre-orders are being taken at this time.
Auterion is a leading supplier of an open-source-based, enterprise operating system for drones. Auterion’s mission is to maximize interoperability and security, while future-proofing and scaling drone operations for businesses. After Co-founder Lorenz Meier created PX4, Pixhawk, MAVLink, and QGC (the most widely adopted permissively licensed open source projects in the drone industry), Auterion was founded to bring the best technology to the drone industry by leveraging global industry standards. For more information visit: www.auterion.com
About GE Aviation
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboshaft engines, avionics, electrical power systems and digital solutions for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE has a global service network to support these offerings and is part of the world's Digital Industrial Company with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. For more information, visit us at http://www.ge.com/aviation. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation.
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Rugged, secure, compact processing for autonomous systems
Chicago, IL – April 30, 2019 – GE Aviation today introduced a new advanced avionics computer specifically built for military and commercial unmanned vehicles. This new computer provides an open architecture design that integrates vehicle management and advanced mission processing into a compact, lightweight design.
“Our customers have told us that they require an integrated vehicle and mission processing solution that is secure, rugged, low size, weight and power and capable of meeting the needs of demanding autonomous platforms,” said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics for GE Aviation. “This new system hits it out of the park in this regard and then builds from there in terms of bringing new capabilities to the next generation of unmanned systems.”
This new system incorporates the processing power required for mission functions such as sensor processing at the edge and hosting autonomy enabling algorithms and then also embeds an inertial/GPS package, software defined radio, datalink and an optional solid-state storage device.
Caslavka added, “The new system incorporates diverse processing that’s capable of performing safety critical and non-critical functions while bringing a new level of security to legacy and future platforms.”
The system integrates the functionality traditionally provided by up to six separate electronic units into a single package which drives out weight, power, and cost while meeting the security, exportability, ruggedness and processing needs of our customers.
GE’s advanced avionics computer has undergone flight testing and is in use by a number of military and civil customers. The computer incorporates a hardware and software open architecture approach that offers flexibility and scalability. This design also provides the capability to host GE, customer and third-party software applications to maximize its versatility.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines, avionics, digital solutions, and electrical power systems for aircraft. GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. With people, services, technology, and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com/aviation
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