Darkhive, a San Antonio-based autonomous uncrewed systems developer, has secured a $5 million Phase III Small Business Innovation Research contract with the US Air Force AFWERX Prime. The contract aims to integrate and test next-generation autonomy software on various uncrewed aerial system platforms. Darkhive is excited to contribute to solving complex problems for the Department of Defense and delivering cutting-edge solutions for end-users in defence and public safety.
In a statement, John Goodson, CEO of Darkhive, expressed enthusiasm for the program and the opportunity to work with an exceptional government and industry team. He highlighted the importance of an open government-owned framework for integrating, testing, and securely deploying software to edge systems, which aligns with Darkhive's mission.
Steve Turner, CTO of Darkhive, emphasized the need to move away from fragmented, vendor-locked approaches in software development and deployment for autonomous systems. He emphasized the importance of open, accessible, discoverable, and adaptable interfaces to enable cohesive and collaborative behavior. Turner expressed excitement about collaborating with the US Air Force and industry partners to revolutionize autonomous systems and address evolving end-user requirements.
Darkhive has a track record of success with contracts such as the Defense Innovation Unit National Security Innovation Capital contract and multiple Small Business Innovation Research projects with the Air Force. Their collaboration with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks through a Small Business Technology Transfer award further demonstrates their commitment to advancing the field of uncrewed systems.