DZYNE Technologies Incorporated (DZYNE) was recently awarded a Phase 1 contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems (ICARUS) program to develop vanishing unmanned air vehicles for precise delivery of critical supplies.
“We are extremely excited to be part of the DARPA ICARUS program. The concept is to develop a glider that not only delivers 3 lbs of critical equipment over a distance of 150 km, but then disintegrates within hours after landing. In fact, the airframe must completely vanish from sight,” said Mark Page, DZYNE Vice President and Chief Scientist, and Principal Investigator of DZYNE’s ICARUS program. “In the current small demonstration size, it is useful for precise delivery. At a larger scale, this can be useful for emergency relief missions where the accumulation of parachutes and shipping materials becomes a problem.”
Envisioned for both military and civilian applications, the development of the ICARUS technology is envisioned to have a large impact on the way packages are delivered to teams in difficult to access areas, and will lessen the environmental impact of current aerial delivery methods.
"This project represents an important win for DZYNE Technologies, and demonstrates yet again that we are a provider of choice for innovative Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” said Darrell Gillette, DZYNE President and CEO.
For more information on the DARPA ICARUS program click: http://www.darpa.mil/program/inbound-controlled-air-reasonable-unrecoverable-systems
DZYNE Technologies Incorporated (DZYNE), an employee-owned corporation, is a developer of smart systems, including manned and unmanned vehicles and analytic systems. DZYNE’s world-class team employs state-of-the-art design methodologies and production processes that result in highly efficient systems developed on very compressed timelines. DZYNE is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona with two design centers: Vehicle DZYNE Studio in Irvine, California and DZYNE Analytic Systems in Fairfax, Virginia.