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Background

Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc. is the leading developer of multi-sensor detect-and-avoid and airspace management software for uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS or drones). Customers include NASA, the FAA, the U.S. Department of Defense and a variety of drone development programs.

The company’s purpose is both licensing and commercialization of NASA flight safety technologies and also developing and marketing new situational awareness, collision avoidance and autonomous flight products for both manned and unmanned aircraft.

The company builds upon the experience of its founders, who have backgrounds in technology commercialization, mission-critical software development, online systems management, and geospatial information systems. Our management, development and governance team is made up of experienced executives, engineers and investors who have over two decades of experience in building and growing companies and deploying new technologies as investors, operators, advisors and board members.

Vigilant Aerospace is a private company, headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and founded in 2015.

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The Vigilant Aerospace Team

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Founding Seed Investors

The company is backed with seed funding from Cimarron Capital Partners (together with its affiliates “CCP”). It’s Managing Directors serve as the initial board of directors for the company.

CCP is a venture capital and asset management firm based in the central US and with offices in Oklahoma City and Little Rock. Cimarron Capital has supported over 200 technology companies through its investments in venture capital funds across the U.S. Also, through its Development Capital Networks (DCN) affiliate, Cimarron has assisted over 500 SBIR grantees of the National Science Foundation on the development of technology commercialization plans, through its World’s Best Technologies (WBT) affiliate, Cimarron has helped over 800 technologists and startup entrepreneurs connect with seed-stage investors and licensees. As angel investors, Cimarron principals have invested in companies engaged in water purification, subsurface fluid monitoring, drug delivery and medical equipment design.


Why Oklahoma?

  • Oklahoma is a national leader for unmanned aerial systems research and testing.
  • Oklahoma has a low cost of operations, a high quality of life and an educated, loyal aviation workforce.
  • Oklahoma is home to the US Small Business Administration’s new UAS Cluster Initiative.
  • Oklahoma is home to 500 aviation-related companies and the industry contributes over $12Bn in annual revenues to the state economy.
  • Aviation is the second most important manufacturing industry in Oklahoma, coming second only to oil and gas equipment manufacturing.
  • Aviation provides 143,000 good paying jobs in the state. One of every 11 workers in Oklahoma are in or around the aviation industry.
  • Oklahoma was the Department of Homeland Security’s selected site for its small UAS Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) program that supports first responders.
  • Oklahoma State University in Stillwater has the only UAS master’s and Ph.D. programs in the nation.
  • University of Oklahoma researchers are using UAS platforms for weather and radar-related research, and, along with OSU, are collaborating with the National Severe Storms Laboratory to use UAS to characterize severe storms.

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