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SBANE Member Boston Engineering Receives U.S. Air Force Contract to Advance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Motor Control Capabilities

Boston Engineering Receives U.S. Air Force Contract to Advance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Motor Control Capabilities By Alex Wallace

Waltham, Mass. — Boston Engineering today announced a $150,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force to enhance its UAV capabilities and to also reduce drone noise. Specifically, Boston Engineering will demonstrate an embedded motor control platform to accelerate U.S. Air Force UAV research and development initiatives. Embedded motor controllers underpin critical UAV operations including drone propulsion and sensors for applications including surveillance. Boston Engineering received the Phase I award from the U.S. Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. “We have two decades of motion control experience for industrial and government clients, and we are uniquely positioned to drive innovation in UAVs and similar mission-critical ground and underwater applications,” said Mark Smithers, co-founder and chief technology officer at Boston Engineering. Boston Engineering is bridging a market gap between commercial motor control products and the technical expertise required for custom embedded control systems. Commercial motor control products don’t meet the U.S. Air Force’s rigorous UAV requirements, which include high performance in extreme environments. And custom motor control development for military applications involves specialized expertise and has a long development cycle. “We are providing the U.S. Air Force with a sophisticated motor control framework to accelerate next-generation UAV development without the need to have extensive embedded control systems experience,” said Guy Fichera, director of the Industrial & Commercial practice at Boston Engineering. Boston Engineering complements its motion control and product development consulting with its FlexMC Motor Control Development Platform™, the company’s rapid-development system for any motor control solution. The FlexMC Kit enables users to accelerate time-to-market and to increase performance with powerful model-based design tools. Global adoption of the FlexMC Kit includes Analog Devices, which has selected Boston Engineering as its exclusive motor control design partner in North America and Europe. About Boston Engineering Boston Engineering provides product design and engineering consulting across the entire product development process – from concept through launch. Certified for ISO 9001 and ISO 13485, our industry expertise includes consumer products, defense & security, medical devices, robotics, and industrial & commercial products. We are also the Northeast’s largest PTC software reseller. Boston Engineering is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. with an additional office in the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC) of the University of Mass. Dartmouth. Learn more at www.boston-engineering.com. Contact: Alex Wallace (781) 314-0767 / awallace@boston-engineering.com
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