SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Reliable Robotics, a leader in autonomous aircraft system development, joins an elite list of contenders for the 2020 Robert J. Collier Trophy “for the greatest achievements in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles." Established in 1910, the annual award has recognized individuals, projects, programs and achievements such as Orville Wright, Howard Hughes, crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8, and the International Space Station team.
Reliable Robotics was selected as a finalist for accomplishments this past year that are both technically and commercially significant with broad impact on the future of aviation. The automated landing of a Cessna 208 Caravan was performed on the third day of flight testing, nine months after their first remote-piloted flight of an unmanned Cessna 172 Skyhawk. This milestone demonstrated an approach to autonomy that is universal and can be ported to other aircraft types. Within two months, the company also completed a 200-mile proof of concept flight from farm to store with fresh food distributor, the Giumarra Companies. This test validated how expedited delivery of cold-chain, perishables can improve supply chain logistics.
Reliable Robotics has designed, developed, simulated, integrated and demonstrated technologies that enable safe, remotely piloted cargo and passenger aircraft to coexist with others in the National Airspace System. The company is working towards certification of its systems for commercial use.
“We are honored to be recognized by the Collier Trophy Selection Committee amongst highly esteemed industry colleagues as a finalist for this award,” said Robert Rose, Co-founder and CEO of Reliable Robotics.
In addition to the Reliable Robotics Remotely Operated Aircraft System (ROAS), finalists include the following aviation and space accomplishments: Bell V-280 Valor, Boeing Confident Travel Initiative, Garmin Autoland, SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon 2, U.S. Department of the Air Force Green Propellant Infusion Mission Team and Yates Electrospace Corporation’s Silent Arrow. The Collier Trophy 2020 Award winner will be announced later this year by the National Aeronautic Association.
About Reliable Robotics Corporation
Launched by SpaceX and Tesla veterans, Reliable Robotics is revolutionizing commercial aviation with its autonomous flight technology. Their accomplishments were recently selected as a Collier Trophy finalist for 2020’s greatest achievements in aeronautics or astronautics in the United States. The company’s systems will enable a future where air transportation is safer, more convenient, more affordable, and transformative to the way goods, and eventually people, travel around the planet. Please visit https://reliable.co for more information.
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