Prioria's press release below just hit my inbox.I've also included a video for those who haven't seen Prioria's Maveric before.
Beyond the multi-million dollar win, Bryan'sPrioriateam and technology should help save some lives over in Afghanistan. Congrats guys...keep on growing!
For Immediate Release 8.3.10
Prioria Awarded Canadian Defense Contract
Gainesville, Fla. - Prioria has been awarded a $2.8 million contract by Public Works and Government Services Canada for the ISTAR MUAV (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance miniature unmanned aerial vehicle) program. Under the contract, Prioria will supply the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Forces with the Maveric® unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to fulfill MUAV requirements in Afghanistan and Canada.
Maveric is a small UAS with impressive features such as bendable wings, onboard processing, image stabilization and target tracking. Maveric is considered a next-generation UAS because of its unparalleled abilities, rugged composition and modular payload structure.
"We are pleased with the Canadian government's choice," said Bryan da Frota, Prioria CEO. "I am certain that Maveric will provide the Canadian warfighter with a user-friendly MUAV that will help keep them out of harm's way." Prioria will supply DND with five Maveric systems for ground support to aid Canada's Operation Athena in Afghanistan.
Prioria has selected ING Engineering of Ottawa, Canada, to provide DND with logistical support.
"ING is proud to provide logistic services to the Canadian Army for the Maveric UAS," said Ian Glenn, president of ING Engineering. "We believe Maveric will help DND's mission in Afghanistan succeed."
Prioria was formed in 2003 with a focus on embedded systems designed to perform sophisticated surveillance and security tasks. With Maveric's debut in 2008, Prioria has continued to build upon the company's original focus with Maveric's success as a next-generation UAS.
About Prioria Robotics Inc - Prioria is an engineering company located in Gainesville, Fla., dedicated to making unmanned systems smarter. Prioria's mission is to solve some of the key problems of machine perception and autonomous systems and apply those solutions to improve existing products or develop new products. Prioria produces the Maveric® unmanned aircraft system, whose unique onboard collision-detection capability is powered by the Merlin® embedded processing platform. Prioria also provides engineering solutions for industrial and ground robotics, medical device manufacturers, military and homeland security applications, and cutting-edge commercial products. For more information, visit www.prioria.com.
ING Engineering Inc. offers leading-edge C4ISR exploitation products to qualifying defence and law enforcement customers. ING Engineering also provides a wide range of UAV solutions and services in partnership with our UAV systems manufacturing partners worldwide.