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RapidFlight Secures $10 Million USAF AFWERX Autonomy Prime Contract

By Eric Van Rees - 10th June 2024 - 07:32

RapidFlight will demonstrate its flexible AgileAviation process with 3D printing for autonomous drone design, research, and development

RapidFlight, a pioneering integrated designer and manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), has been awarded a contract valued up to $10 million by the United States Department of the Air Force (DAF) AFWERX Autonomy Prime program to develop and produce a 3D-printed, autonomous, fixed-wing aircraft system, the SPX.

The DAF created AFWERX to bring cutting edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups, such as RapidFlight, to address its most pressing challenges. The Autonomy Prime branch focuses on the collaborative development of autonomous technologies with industry to accelerate transition into Air Force programs of record.

“Our collaboration with the AFWERX Autonomy Prime Program positions RapidFlight as a leading innovator for delivering mission customized, autonomous aircraft with up to 80% reduced design to manufacture time and platform costs as compared to existing solutions.” said Michael Uffelman, Director of Growth and Customer Programs at RapidFlight. “This contract will enable the DAF to explore RapidFlight’s digital engineering process, and its modern development approach to produce customizable aircraft with novel technologies critical for national security.”

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