US Air Force awards Hidden Level Phase 1 STTR contract to identify UAS threats

Hidden Level has been selected by the Air Force Research Laboratory Directorate (AFWERX) for a Phase 1 STTR contract focused on airspace sensor fusion with open source intelligence (OSINT) to investigate its potential to fill capability gaps in the Department of the Air Force (DAF), says the company press release.

Hidden Level, in partnership with the University at Albany OSI lab will execute a three-month systematic feasibility study combining/layering OSINT with persistent surveillance sensor data (such as Hidden Level AMS) to enhance situational awareness, mitigate risks, and identify threats with sUAS incidents.

The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal-to-award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and losing bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering ‘The Open Topic’ SBIR/STTR program in 2018, which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded. Now, Hidden Level will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.

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