On August 2, 2022, Scientific Applications & Research Associates (SARA), Inc. filed a Complaint against Zipline International, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition, stemming from Zipline’s misappropriation and use of SARA’s proprietary acoustic “detect and avoid” (DAA) technology for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s).
SARA developed a first-of-its-kind acoustic collision avoidance technology for UAV’s and filed for patent protection on October 17, 2007. U.S. Patent No. 7,606,115, entitled “Acoustic Airspace Collision Detection System”, issued on October 20, 2009. Since then, SARA has continued to enhance its acoustic DAA technology and has partnered with major players in the UAV industry.
Zipline’s announcement, on June 7, 2022, that it had developed an acoustic DAA system comes on the heels of its recent announcements of a partnership with Walmart for deployment of home delivery drone services and of having raised $250 Million of new funding at a valuation of $2.75 Billion.
SARA’s development of acoustic DAA technology is a historic achievement that will allow small UAV’s to operate as delivery vehicles in compliance with FAA regulations. The lawsuit filed by SARA represents SARA’s commitment to steadfast protection of its intellectual property, and the hard work and innovation of its world class team of engineers.
Scientific Applications & Research Associates (SARA), Inc. v. Zipline International, Inc., No. 3:22-cv-4480 (N.D. Cal.).
SARA is being represented by Maynard Cooper & Gale LLP.
Aviation Week editors chose the Golden Horde team (led by SARA as the Prime Contractor) as one of four DoD winners of their Laureate Awards for extraordinary achievements embodying the spirit of exploration, innovation, and vision. The write-up states:
"Showing the potential to upend military thinking in a way not seen since the creation of precision-guided munitions, the Air Force Research Laboratory demonstrated swarming technology for networked munitions. Tests demonstrated how collaborating weapons could be redirected in flight, synchronized to impact simultaneously, and hit two separate targets."
American Robotics and Scientific Applications & Research Associates (SARA) Partner to Further Advance Fully-Autonomous Drone Operations in U.S. National Airspace.
The Golden Horde Vanguard Program continues to improve their software technology and had a successful test in February. Read more about the success in the article written by Air Force Magazine.
American Robotics receives first FAA BVLOS Waiver because of the acoustic aircraft detection provided by SARA’s TASA system.
See the approval documents on the Government Regulation Websites: https://beta.regulations.gov/document/FAA-2019-0775-0008
The following articles go more in depth on the approvals received and what this could mean for the future of BVLOS.
December 15th SARA and the AFLR completed the first ever Air Force flight demonstration of collaborative weapons with the Golden Horde Vanguard Program. The Air Force Research Library Public Affairs released the following article on the test.
With drones flying onto the scene, there are many obstacles they face, especially operation BVLOS. We are SARA Inc. are working to make your drone operations easier and more manageble. With our Terrestrial Acoustic Sensor Array (TASA, we can help you with your BVLOS issues. Watch the video elow to learn more about TASA and what it can do for you.
SARA’s PANCAS has been integrated into NASA’s HQ-90 Drone and is ready for field trials.
SARA is teaming up with the AFRL for the Golden Horde program. This program’s goal is to help create a way to teach weapons how to think for themselves. Check out this article from the Air Force Magazine to learn more about the Golden Horde program.