FLIR Acquires Tethered Drone Assets and Technology from Aria
Deal with UAS Pioneer, Formerly CyPhy Works, Includes Intellectual Property, Multiple Patents
ARLINGTON, Va. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 2, 2019 — FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced that it has acquired the intellectual property (IP) and certain operating assets of Aria Insights, Inc. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
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For military use and other applications, tethered drones can deliver persistent situational awareness. They connect to a base station, or vehicle, that provides continuous power and secure communications. (Photo: Business Wire)
Previously known as CyPhy Works, Inc., Aria pioneered the development of tethered small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). Founded in 2008 by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner and backed by several top technology investors, Aria notably developed the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) tethered drone. The company ceased operations in March 2019.
Tethered drones connect to a base station or vehicle by microfilament wire, which provides both continuous power and secure communications. For certain applications, a tethered drone offers advantages over a free-flying UAS, enabling sustained operations on longer missions and persistent situational awareness so users can perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) functions.
The Aria assets will be integrated into...