According to a company press release: “The companies will apply AI and blockchain technology to manage the airspace for autonomous vehicles, specifically HEXA, LIFT’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. This partnership comes through a contract milestone with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) through its SBIR Phase II program and will help enable the United States Air Force (USAF) to safely and efficiently operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in first responder scenarios such as search and rescue missions, heavy lift cargo, fire response, and medical evacuation.”
By combining SGS’s advanced AI technologies with SkyGrid’s blockchain-based airspace management capabilities and LIFT’s UAVs, the companies will develop an air traffic management solution that provides defence, EMS, fire, and law enforcement with the means to advance their missions and more quickly respond to emergency situations, says the company.
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(Image: Capable of landing on both land and water, Lift’s HEXA has four perimeter floats for buoyancy and stability and a fifth, center float filled with energy-absorbing foam for added buoyancy and hard landing protection)