News and announcements from the IronGate community.
Expeto, a startup selling tools to manage private cellular networks, raises $12M
December 6, 2022
Expeto this week closed a $12 million Series B round led by Sorenson Capital with participation from 5G Open Innovation Lab, Samsung Next and Mistral Venture Partners. Bringing Expeto’s total raised to over $25 million (inclusive of $5 million in debt financing), the proceeds will be put toward product R&D as well as customer and partner acquisition, according to CEO Michael Anderson.
Sayari Awarded $7.8M Enterprise Trade Analytics Contract to Support U.S. Customs & Border Protection
November 15, 2022
Sayari, a commercial risk intelligence platform, was recently awarded a $7.8 million contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to support mitigation of ongoing global supply chain risks and ensure major U.S. corporations comply with import regulations, including new directives like the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA).
Kayhan and Morpheus offer “one-click” collision avoidance
November 15, 2022
Kayhan Space and Morpheus Space announced a strategic partnership Nov. 15 to offer satellite operators a “one-click” collision-avoidance service. The service, which combines Kayhan’s space traffic management software with Morpheus’ pay-as-you-go propulsion service, “will bring a new capability for the industry and help make space safe again,” Morpheus CEO Daniel Bock told SpaceNews.
Voyager Space Names Retired NASA Astronaut, Tim Kopra as Chief Executive Officer of Nanoracks
November 9, 2022
Voyager Space (Voyager), a global leader in space exploration, and its operating company Nanoracks, today announced the appointment of Tim Kopra as Chief Executive Officer of Nanoracks. Kopra, a retired NASA astronaut and former president of OneWeb Technologies, will oversee Nanoracks’ continued growth as a global leader in providing commercial space services, including the development of Starlab, the companies’ proposed commercial space station.
Real Planes, Virtual Adversaries In Red 6 AR
November 9, 2022
Having surpassed their own and the USAF’s expectations, the company raised $30M, and got a contract potentially worth $70 M from the USAF. Most recently, Red 6 announced a strategic partnership with Boeing to integrate this technology into the new T7 fighter trainer aircraft and the F-15EX. Red 6 now has over 83 employees across three locations including Santa Monica, Denver and their headquarters, which is now in Orlando.
Atomic-6 Receives $1.25 Million SBIR Direct-to-Phase II Award for Micrometeoroid and Orbital Debris Shielding
October 31, 2022
Atomic-6 has announced their newest Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Direct-to-Phase II award for the proposal titled “Lightest Weight Micrometeoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) Shielding this Side of Mars.” This project supports the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) – Space Vehicles Directorate’s national defense-related mission need within space technology research and development; working towards mitigating the damage of MMODs if they impact a United States Space Force asset.
New Defense System Simultaneously Controls Air, Ground Vehicles
October 28, 2022
The partnership with Tomahawk Robotics builds on Teal’s existing 4-Ship platform, which allows a user to operate up to four of Teal’s Golden Eagle drones. The latest update extends the system to allow a single operator to also control land-based rovers and robots, as well as allowing operators to hand over control to one another without shutting down the operation.
VCs go outside their comfort zone with bets on defense tech
October 26, 2022
After years of shunning investments in military and security-related technology startups, VCs are raising their profile in the sector as part of the US effort to gain a technological upper hand against new threats from adversaries like China and Russia.
Space Micro Awarded Orbital Prime Contract by the United States Space Force
October 19, 2002
Space Micro Inc, powered by Voyager Space, has been awarded an Orbital Prime contract by the U.S. Space Force (USSF) as part of the first phase of the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. Space Micro proposed the development of Control Moment Gyro Barnacle (Barnacle), a robotic spacecraft that would replace or restore Attitude Determination and Control Systems (ADCS) capabilities and to expand on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (OSAM).
Second Front Systems awarded contract for Defense Innovation Unit’s Proving Grounds Project
September 23, 2022
Second Front Systems (2F), the public-benefit software company focused on accelerating the delivery of mission-critical software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to the government, announces today that it had been awarded a two-year Prototype Other Transaction agreement by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) for its Proving Grounds project.
New Boeing and Red 6 partnership could launch F-15EX, T-7 into the metaverse
September 21, 2022
A new partnership between Boeing and Red 6 could bring augmented reality to the F-15EX and T-7 trainer, allowing human pilots to encounter virtual wingmen and enemies while actually flying in their aircraft. Under a joint agreement announced Tuesday night at the Air Force Association’s annual conference, Boeing and Red 6 — a California-based defense startup — will work together to integrate Red 6’s technology onboard Boeing’s T-7 and F-15EX.
Tomahawk Robotics to Provide US Marine Corps With Unmanned Systems
September 19, 2022
The US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) has awarded Tomahawk Robotics a $6.5 million contract for the Autonomy and Robotics Enhanced Multi-Domain Infantry Squad (ARTEMIS) program. The agreement involves delivering six additional unmanned systems and several ground radios to the US Marine Corps. Tomahawk Robotics will complete work on the order by 2024.
Hilton to design astronaut suites, facilities for Voyager’s private space station Starlab
September 19, 2022
Hotel giant Hilton has signed on to design astronaut facilities for the private space station Starlab currently under development by Voyager Space Holdings and Lockheed Martin, the companies told CNBC on Monday. In addition to designing hospitality suites and sleeping arrangements, Hilton will also work with Voyager to examine opportunities for the marketing of the space station and astronaut experiences onboard.
Nanoracks cut a piece of metal in space for the first time
September 16, 2022
Nanoracks just made space construction and manufacturing history with the first demonstration of cutting metal in orbit. The technique could be critical for the next generation of large-scale space stations and even lunar habitats. The experiment was performed back in May by Nanoracks and its parent company Voyager Space, after getting to orbit aboard the SpaceX Transporter 5 launch.
Morpheus Space raises $28 million in Series A round
September 14, 2022
Morpheus Space raised $28 million in a Series A funding round announced Sept. 14. Morpheus, a company originally focused on producing miniature electric thrusters, has broadened the scope of its business to offer propulsion systems and software to help satellites maneuver in orbit and deorbit at the conclusion of their missions.
Voyager’s Space Micro Software Defined Radio Supports Success of Missile Defense Agency’s CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment
August 23, 2022
Space Micro Inc., powered by Voyager Space, today announced the successful performance of its Software Defined Radios (SDRs) on Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment (CNCE) Block 1.
Morpheus Space makes big moves in the booming satellite mobility industry
August 22, 2022
The heavens are currently swarming with miniature satellites that are being launched into obit seemingly every week, with plans for massive satellite constellations from companies like SpaceX and Amazon coming to the cosmos soon. With all these cubesats and more being rocketed into space for a wide range of governmental and private providers, there’s a mad rush for various small propulsion systems to help maneuver these space-bound satellites and keep them in their proper orbits.
Taking Out the Trash on the International Space Station Just Got a Lot Easier
July 7, 2022
The International Space Station may seem glamorous, but astronauts aboard the orbital outpost still have to take out the trash. It’s currently a tedious and costly process, but Houston-based Nanoracks announced yesterday the successful test of a new waste management system that’s poised to significantly streamline the process.
Military Metaverse: Red 6 Conducts Multi-Aircraft Augmented Reality Training Flight
June 7, 2022
Tech company Red 6 has conducted the first multi-aircraft augmented reality (AR) training flight using both real and virtual aircraft, according to the company. The recent exercise is an advancement toward a “military Metaverse” for combat flight training that allows multiple pilots to communicate at the same time while using a synthetic training environment.
TrueFort Named Best Zero Trust Application Protection Product in Global InfoSec Awards at RSA Conference 2022
June 6, 2022
TrueFort, the zero trust application protection company, today announced the TrueFort Platform was recognized as the Best Zero Trust Application Protection Product by Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM) in the tenth annual Global InfoSec Awards at RSA Conference 2022.
CesiumAstro’s nightingale selected for CACI two-way time transfer demonstration
May 11, 2022
CesiumAstro announced today that it was selected to provide its Nightingale active phased array hardware payload for CACI International, Inc.’s (NYSE: CACI) upcoming space technology demonstration. The CACI demonstration launches in early 2023 on a York Space Systems satellite into low Earth orbit aboard the SpaceX Transporter 7rideshare.
Tomahawk Robotics Expands Global Coverage to Europe and Australasia Markets
April 26, 2022
Tomahawk Robotics, the leading innovator of common control solutions, is proud to announce that they have expanded their offering of Kinesis software and tactical products to the global market. The rapid growth of Tomahawk Robotics’ customer base both within the United States and internationally has been driven by its passion to deliver cutting-edge technology to end-users to reduce physical and cognitive burdens for warfighters and elevate the capabilities of their currently fielded unmanned systems through networking and AI.
Partnerships Power TrueFort’s Zero-Trust Application Security
April 23, 2022
No matter how much talent they have — or how good their technology is — startups inevitably face a common challenge as they push hard to scale their business to the size and capability that their target market requires. The founders of fintech startup TrueFort, who tapped years of financial-services experience to build a zero-trust security platform called Fortress built around network microsegmentation, faced this challenge several years into their journey.
CesiumAstro secures $60 mln in funding from Airbus Ventures and others
March 2, 2022
CesiumAstro Inc, a startup that builds hardware and software for aerospace communications, said on Wednesday it has raised $60 million in funding from investors including Airbus Ventures and Kleiner Perkins. Austin-based CesiumAstro’s products enable connectivity between satellites, drones, planes, cars and other mobile devices. Its hardware generates electronically steerable beams of radio waves carrying information between the devices and its software stitches the information together.
Baltimore’s Apkudo raised another $14M to grow its engineering staff and expand abroad
February 23, 2022
Apkudo, the Baltimore-based company focused on supply chain automation for connected devices, landed $14.4 million in growth financing to expand its customer base globally. This funding round is a continuation of the Series B where Apkudo raised a nearly identical $14 million in November 2020.
Startup’s Augmented Reality for Jet Fighters Catches International Eyes
February 14, 2022
A new technology that trains pilots against adversaries using augmented reality is sparking interest from countries around the world, according to its creator. Florida-based startup Red 6 brought its advanced tactical augmented reality system, also known as ATARs, to the Singapore Airshow after the company responded to multiple requests for proposals from international customers, said Daniel Robinson, CEO and founder of the startup.
Bridge Bank Provides $40 Million Credit Facility to Support Sayari Labs’ Growth
February 1, 2022
Bridge Bank today announced its Technology Banking Group has closed on a $40 million credit facility for Sayari Labs Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based leader in financial intelligence and supply chain risk solutions. The credit facility includes venture debt and a monthly recurring revenue (MRR) line of credit to help fund Sayari’s growth.
Tomahawk Robotics wins AFWERX SBIR 21.1 Direct to Phase II Contract
October 26, 2021
Tomahawk Robotics, the leading innovator of common control solutions, has been awarded a Direct to Phase II SBIR contract by AFWERX to provide Universal Robotic Control for Integrated Base Defense. Under this contract, Tomahawk Robotics will integrate multiple robotic platforms into the Kinesis ecosystem to allow both autonomous and manual multi-domain robotic control from a single, common controller.
A D.C. startup helping companies fight global financial crime just raised $40M
September 15, 2021
District financial intelligence and corporate transparency startup Sayari Labs Inc. has raised $40 million in new funding. Sayari, which helps big corporations and financial institutions identify risk factors for fraud and national security threats, said it plans to use the capital to continue an international expansion as the business looks to increase transparency in the global financial intelligence arena.
TrueFort snares $30M Series B to expand zero trust application security solution
September 9, 2021
As companies try to navigate an ever-changing security landscape, it can be challenging to protect everything. Security startup TrueFort has built a zero trust solution focusing on protecting enterprise applications. Today, the company announced a $30 million Series B.
Red 6 lands contract to put augmented reality on a T-38 training jet
August 16, 2021
For the first time ever, a U.S. Air Force T-38 will be outfitted with an augmented reality training system that allows it to dogfight against simulated Russian and Chinese fighters projected inside the pilot’s helmet. The Air Force awarded Florida-based tech firm Red 6 a contract worth up to $70 million over its five-year period of performance, the company announced Monday morning.
AWS has acquired encrypted messaging service Wickr
June 25, 2021
Amazon’s cloud services giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) is getting into the encrypted messaging business. The company has just announced that it has acquired secure communications service Wickr — a messaging app that has geared itself towards providing services to government and military groups and enterprises. It claims to be the only “collaboration service” that meets security criteria set out by the NSA.
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