SOURCE: Northwest Aerial Robotics Cluster

Northwest Aerial Robotics Cluster

October 20, 2010 12:00 ET

Regional Innovation Cluster Wins First Contract Award

University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory and the Northwest Aerial Robotics Cluster Join the University of Alaska Fairbanks to Win a Naval Surface Warfare Center Contract Worth up to $47 Million

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) -  The Northwest Aerial Robotics Cluster (NWARC) and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington are team members, led by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks that won the Basic Ordering Agreement award.

The two year, extendable to five year, $47 million contract, from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division provides opportunities to develop new capabilities to deploy, test and evaluate payloads for small-unmanned aerial systems in harsh environments.

The agreement makes it possible for the Navy to quickly form a University-led team to solve a number of small, unmanned vehicle payload problems such as payload development, integration, evaluation and airspace access.

The University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory brings its 60+ years of Department of Defense experience as a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) to the newly formed Northwest Aerial Robotics Cluster. This team brings a wealth of innovative technologies to solve Navy problems.

The Northwest Aerial Robotics Cluster is composed of regional businesses (both large and small), state and local governments and academia from the States of Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Idaho supporting the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the Small Business Administration.

This contract is the first Navy BOA awarded that includes a regional innovation cluster. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division has taken the initiative as a new government partner with advanced technology clusters. Such clusters are an innovative concept for targeted economic and technology development based on established technical competencies in a given region, which for the Northwest include autonomous unmanned aerial systems, spectrum defense and electronic warfare. Future joint advanced technology opportunities between the Northwest Aerial Robotics Cluster and the Department of Defense Science and Technology community are certainly now envisioned.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Robert T. Miyamoto
    Applied Physics Laboratory
    University of Washington
    (206) 685-1303