Providing secure, trusted, small unmanned aerial systems capability to the U.S. government.

Autonomy Portfolio

Blue sUAS

About the Project

The Blue sUAS project developed trusted small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for the broader Department of Defense and Federal Government partners. This effort builds upon the U.S. Army’s sUAS program of record, Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR), for an inexpensive, rucksack portable, vertical take-off and landing sUAS. Blue sUAS systems share the SRR air vehicles' capabilities but integrate a vendor provided ground control system.

How to Procure Blue sUAS

Procure secure, trusted sUAS across the interagency

The Blue sUAS project is making five new sUAS available to DoD and Federal Government partners. There are two primary ways by which these systems can be procured:

  • Production-Other Transaction Agreement The successful completion of a prototype OT allows for a follow-on production OT to be executed with built-in sole source justification. A DoD organization can either choose to execute their own P-OTA with any one of the five Blue sUAS options or provide funding to purchase quantities off of an existing P-OT sponsored by a different organization within the DoD.

  • GSA Schedule All five Blue sUAS systems will be available for purchase on the GSA schedule by September2020. Traditional methods for purchase through the GSA schedule include use of GSA Advantage for online purchasing.

System Specifications and Capabilities

Each of the five sUAS options are certified to fly in DoD and national airspace and meet the criteria required for U.S. Government procurement. The table below provides basic information about all five drones' capabilities. Each system has a variation of the below specifications and additional attributes to offer DoD and interagency customers.

Specifications
Capabilities

Operational Range

3+ kilometers

Flight Endurance

30+ minutes

Environmental Rating

Flies through dust and rain (IP53)

Assembly Time

2 minutes or less

Take-off Weight

Less than 3lbs

Payload

High Resolutions Day/Night Stabilized Optics

Architecture

Built around an open source protocol

Altavian

ION M440 C

Blue sUAS - Altavian (top down)

About Altavian

Altavian is a privately held and all U.S.-based engineering firm that designs and manufactures drones. A homegrown defense contractor headquartered in Florida, Altavian has been operating with exclusively American ownership and capital since its founding and is a certified Trusted Technology Provider to the DoD. As a defense contractor, Altavian has an unparalleled history of performance in small UAS. In our short history, Altavian has won over $30M in drone contracts and has proudly served the two largest customers in the world - the U.S. Army and Special Operations Command. At the heart of Altavian’s defense work is a design and engineering philosophy to embrace open system architectures, facilitating the growth of systems, technology, and industry. Altavian’s headquarters are in Gainesville, FL, with employees across five states and an ancillary office in Charlotte, NC.

Parrot

ANAFI USA

Parrot (Blue sUAS) - front view

About Parrot

Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot is today the leading European group in the fast-growing industry of drones. Visionary, at the forefront of innovation, Parrot is positioned across the entire value chain, from equipment to services and software. ANAFI USA is the latest evolution of Parrot’s extensive experience in developing and bringing to market innovative drone solutions for commercial markets. ANAFI USA offers the same high-end security, durability and imaging capabilities as Parrot’s Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) drone designed for the U.S. Army. ANAFI USA’s data encryption and privacy features are compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, delivering best-in-class privacy and security for sensitive missions.

Skydio

X2

Blue sUAS - Skydio (front facing)

About Skydio

Skydio is a U.S. drone manufacturer and pioneer in autonomous flight technology. Skydio leverages breakthrough AI, Skydio Autonomy, to create intelligent flying machines for use by consumers, enterprises, and government agencies. Thanks to advanced computer vision and AI, Skydio Autonomy enables trustworthy 360 obstacle avoidance even in GPS-denied environments allowing soldiers and field operators to confidently focus on their mission instead of flight operations. Founded in 2014, Skydio is made up of leading experts in AI, robotics, cameras, and electric vehicles from top companies, research labs, and universities from around the world. Skydio designs, assembles, and supports its products in the U.S. from its headquarters in Redwood City, CA, to offer the highest standards of supply chain and manufacturing security.

Teal

GOLDEN EAGLE

Blue sUAS - Teal Drones

About Teal

Golden Eagle is Teal’s third-generation aircraft and is produced entirely in the U.S. for short-range reconnaissance and powerful situational awareness. It protects and informs operators with vertically integrated secure, rugged, and intelligent drone technology. With modular and scalable autonomy, and next-generation AI and sensor modalities layered on top, Teal believes unmanned systems can become orders of magnitude more useful tools, increasing operational effectiveness and lethality, and enhancing the potential of mission success. 

Vantage Robotics

VESPER

Blue sUAS - Vantage Robotics

About Vantage Robotics

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Vantage Robotics designs, builds and sells UAVs and UAV components for the U.S. government as well as commercial customers. Customers include the U.S. Army, FLIR, Ford, CNN, and Motorola Solutions. Vantage’s Type 1 UAS options include a suite of swappable modular gimbals, which were built to cater to the DoD’s needs and to prioritize safety, security and performance. Founded in 2013, Vantage is a team of seasoned engineers, including professionals from NASA and Stanford, with backgrounds in high-tech products. We have done nothing over the last seven years but focus on making the most capable portable UAS.

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about one or more of the available sUAS, please contact the appropriate Federal sales representative or reach out to the DIU sUAS team at bluesuas@diu.mil.