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Vigilant Aerospace Company Summary

200 Word Company Summary

Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., a private company founded in 2015 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, provides FlightHorizon next-generation collision avoidance and flight safety systems for unmanned aircraft.

FlightHorizon is based on an exclusively licensed NASA patent (#9,405,005) and prototype which has been extensively tested and which provides a unique autonomous “detect-and-avoid” function.

FlightHorizon uses data from standard aviation transponders and radar to allow unmanned aircraft to autonomously self-separate from other aircraft and avoid mid-air collisions. The software provides unmanned aircraft pilots with a 2D map-based view and 3D synthetic cockpit view of the airspace and full sensor fusion across aviation transponders, radars and online data feeds. The system is designed to help operators maintain flight safety, achieve beyond visual line-of-sight flight authorizations and comply with FAA Part 107.205 waiver requirements and upcoming RTCA SC-228 Phase II MOPS.

Vigilant Aerospace also provides integration and development consulting in addition to testing, training and compliance services for unmanned aircraft flight operation departments and fleet managers.

Vigilant Aerospace Systems is a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and is partnered with the FAA Alliance for System Safety of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) through Research Excellence (ASSURE) and NASA Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM).

100 Word Company Summary

Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., founded in 2015, provides FlightHorizon next-generation collision avoidance flight safety systems for unmanned aircraft.

FlightHorizon is based on an exclusively licensed NASA patent (#9,405,005) and prototype which has been extensively tested to provide a unique autonomous “detect-and-avoid” function.

Vigilant Aerospace also provides integration and development consulting, testing, training and compliance services for unmanned aircraft flight operation departments and fleet managers.

Vigilant Aerospace is a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and is partnered with the FAA Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) and NASA Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM).

50 Word Company Summary

Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., provides the FlightHorizon next-generation collision avoidance and safety systems for unmanned aircraft which are based on an exclusively licensed NASA patent (#9,405,005) and prototype.

Vigilant Aerospace also provides integration and development consulting, testing, training and compliance services for unmanned aircraft flight operation departments and fleet managers.

25 Word Company Summary

Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., is the provider of the FlightHorizon collision avoidance and safety systems for unmanned aircraft based on an exclusively licensed NASA patent.

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FlightHorizon

FlightHorizon, designed by NASA, provides a complete autonomous collision avoidance solution for both piloted and fully autonomous unmanned aircraft to deliver situational awareness, self-separation commands, and collision avoidance for both piloted and autonomous unmanned aircraft.

Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc. provides the FlightHorizon family of products which use data from standard aviation transponders and radar to allow unmanned aircraft to autonomously self-separate from other aircraft and avoid mid-air collisions. This function is critical to allowing unmanned aircraft to fly beyond visual line-of-sight.

The system is based on an exclusively licensed NASA patent (#9,405,005) and prototype which has been extensively tested and which provides a unique autonomous “detect-and-avoid” function.

In addition, the software provides unmanned aircraft pilots with a 2D map-based view and 3D synthetic cockpit view of the airspace and full sensor fusion across aviation transponders, radars and online data feeds. The system is designed to help operators maintain flight safety, achieve beyond visual line-of-sight flight authorizations and comply with FAA Part 107.205 waiver requirements and upcoming RTCA SC-228 Phase II MOPS.

The company also provides integration and development consulting in addition to testing, training and compliance services for unmanned aircraft flight operation departments and fleet managers.

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FlightHorizon Products

  • FlightHorizon GCS™ – Uses an aviation transponder and, when available, ground-based radar attached to a laptop or workstation at the ground control station to provide collision avoidance commands and situational awareness to the ground-based unmanned aircraft pilot.
  • FlightHorizon AIR™ – Uses onboard transponder data and, when available, radar data, delivered to the ground control station over a radio control channel to provide collision avoidance commands and situational awareness to the unmanned aircraft pilot.
  • FlightHorizon PILOT™ – Uses onboard FlightHorizon computer, transponder data and, when available, radar data, to send self-separation commands directly to the onboard autopilot.
  • FlightHorizon FLEET™ – Cloud-based online unmanned fleet management system that collects flight logs from multiple FlightHorizon installations to provide centralized reporting, license management and flight replays for fleets.

Vigilant Aerospace Systems – FlightHorizon Products & Services Overview [PDF]

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Executive Profile

Kraettli Epperson, CEO

Vigilant Aerospace Systems – Speaker Profile – Kraettli L. Epperson [PDF]

25 Word Bio

Kraettli Epperson is CEO and co-founder of Vigilant Aerospace Systems, which provides fully autonomous collision avoidance software for unmanned aircraft based on an exclusively licensed patent.

Short Bio

Kraettli L. Epperson is CEO and co-founder of Vigilant Aerospace Systems, which provides fully autonomous collision avoidance software for unmanned aircraft based on an exclusively licensed NASA patent. Epperson has a 20-year career as an entrepreneur and investor in technology startups. He is also the co-founder of R7 Solutions and Questia Media.

Long Bio

Kraettli L. Epperson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vigilant Aerospace Systems, which provides fully autonomous collision avoidance software for unmanned aircraft based on a patent exclusively licensed from NASA. Mr. Epperson has a 20-year career as a serial entrepreneur and investor in technology startups. He is also the co-founder of R7 Solutions, which provides mapping and workflow systems for utilities, pipelines, wireless, solar, wind and rail systems, including software to manage the land data for Houston METRO’s $1 billion regional rail expansion. Previously he co-founded Questia Media which built the world’s largest academic digital library and was acquired by CEngage Learning in 2010. Mr. Epperson recently presented “FlightHorizon: Fully Autonomous Detect-and-Avoid for Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Current Capabilities and Future Trends” at the 2017 meeting for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Investors

Cimarron Capital Partners
Cimarron Capital Partners 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. For more information, visit www.CimarronCapital.com.

Cowboy Technology Angels
Cowboy Technology Angels, LLC, is an Oklahoma Series Limited Liability Company and angel investor network comprised of alumni and other friends of Oklahoma State University. Through a member-operated angel investment fund, the Cowboy Angels help the university apply its wealth of research, talent, and innovation by growing investor-ready entrepreneurs and their companies, thereby building the state’s economy. CTA is an independent investment fund separate from Oklahoma State University, its Alumni Association, its Foundation, and Cowboy Technologies, LLC. Each member of Cowboy Technology Angels is an accredited investor. For more information, visit www.CowboyTechnologyAngels.com.

The Lubbock Angel Network
The Lubbock Angel Network (LAN) was formed in partnership with Texas Tech University and the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) to provide seed capital, mentorship, and support to innovative, high-growth startups that have demonstrated proof of concept and market validation. For more information, visit www.LubbockAngelNetwork.com.

TONIC Fund
The TONIC Fund leverages members’ subject matter expertise and global perspective to invest in the region’s most promising startups. TONIC provides members with exposure to the investment process to co-invest with people that they trust and provides access to deals that might otherwise not be available to them. The net effect is to build an increased pool of professional early-stage startup investors to generate increased momentum in the region. For more information, visit www.TONIC.vc.

Vigilant Aerospace Partners

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Download our software and services summary:

View and download our FlightHorizon™ Software and Services Overview [PDF] document for more information on: Integration and Consulting Services, FlightHorizon GCS™, FlightHorizon AIR™FlightHorizon PILOT™FlightHorizon FLEET™, and check out our Buying Guide to find out which package is best for you!

FlightHorizon™ Software & Services Overview PDF

 









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