The U.S. Navy awarded General Atomics an $11.4 million order for support services. Under the deal, GA will move into the second phase of depot planning efforts to support its Advanced Arresting Gear. The machinery is installed on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford and will be part of the other carriers in the class. With Advanced Arresting Gear, GA developed a technologically advanced way to absorb the force of an aircraft landing on a carrier deck, and bring the aircraft to a stop safely.
Work under the contract is expected to run through February 2024. The deal is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. Services will include logistics support, supportability analysis, maintenance planning, reliability maintenance, support equipment recommendations, program development and post production support, provisioning data, packaging requirements identification, and technical manual development as it directly correlates to AAG depot planning for the USS Gerald R. Ford and USS John F. Kennedy. Nearly all of the work will be performed in San Diego. The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the contract, announced on April 20.
Genasys Gets Mass Notification Win
Genasys Inc. (Nasdaq: GNSS) of Rancho Bernardo announced on April 26 that it received a five-year public alert and warning software services contract from Riverside County. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Genasys was selected over six other mass notification software service providers for the award.
“The Genasys Emergency Management (GEM) software platform will power multi-channel alerts and notifications to Riverside County residents and visitors during disasters and other crisis situations,” said Richard Danforth, CEO of Genasys. “With 2.5 million residents and more than 850,000 housing units, the delivery of timely emergency alerts and life safety notifications is essential in keeping people safe during critical events.”
According to Genasys, GEM is the only unified critical communications platform that combines software, geo-data analytics and industry-leading voice speaker arrays. By adding a powerful and intuitive orchestration and management layer on top of existing physical and digital infrastructure, GEM enhances the clarity, reach and range of emergency alerts and mass notification.
Other recent California deployments to power emergency alerts and notifications include the city of Mill Valley, the city of Laguna Beach, the city of Newport Beach, the University of California, Irvine and the North Coast Water District in Pacifica.
Air Force Award Goes to Omnisync
The U.S. Air Force’s AFWERX program awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract to Omnisync of San Diego. The business helps deep technology and life science companies raise debt-free and equity-free funds from the government through a product called TurboSBIR. Financial terms of the Air Force award were not immediately available.
STTR, which is similar to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, is a highly competitive award that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in research and development, in collaboration with a nonprofit research institution, with the potential for commercialization.
For its Air Force STTR, OmniSync has partnered with researchers from the University of North Texas on a project that will enable more technologies to be transferred from universities into the commercial space. OmniSync is particularly interested in bringing new technologies to the Air Force to solve its most pressing needs, through a highly streamlined process of technology assessment, team building, rapid commercialization and acquisition.
“Most research that occurs at universities never sees the light of day beyond obscure papers and conferences. One of the core reasons for this is not that the research isn’t commercially applicable; rather, it’s because most professors leading those research projects have very little interest in quitting their tenured positions and starting a company, which has financial and career risks,” said Rupak Doshi, Ph.D., CEO of OmniSync and principal investigator on the Air Force STTR contract. “Our goal with this Air Force contract is to create tools that will enable better visibility into commercially applicable research being conducted at universities, as well as provide an easy pathway for professors to partner with risk-taking entrepreneurs to commercialize their academic research through the SBIR/STTR programs.”
OmniSync said that over the next few months, it aims to bring partnerships, pre-seed funds and operational teams to professors across many universities in the country to help create a constant stream of exciting, deep technology spin-off companies.
OmniSync is backed by Launch Factory, Capital Factory and EvoNexus.