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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Augusta Systems Awarded $2.4M Contract for Sensor Systems

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Augusta Systems, a provider of sensor system technologies, was awarded a $2.4 million contract to assist the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) with development and management of small robotic vehicle sensor systems featuring advanced control algorithms.

"Unmanned vehicles are essentially mobile sensor systems. In order for small unmanned systems to achieve maximum mission performance, they need effective sensor data alignment, processing and transmission," said Patrick Esposito II, chief operating officer of Augusta Systems. "We are pleased to assist the Navy in its efforts to increase the capabilities of these robotic vehicles."

Augusta Systems will provide technologies that deliver at-point sensor processing, at-point data filtering, resilient communications and rapid data alignment from diverse sensor sources. The company will assist the Navy with efforts to enhance the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)capabilities of unmanned systems, including the ability to achieve coordinated behavior -- that is, to operate in unison independent of operator control.

"Multiple unmanned vehicles, when linked in a cooperative fashion, operate like a mobile sensor network gathering, processing and sharing information. Our sensor system enabling technologies can help individual vehicles as well as the entire sensor network to operate in an efficient and effective manner," said John Moody , vice president of systems engineering for Augusta Systems.

Subcontractors to Augusta Systems on the effort include AAI Corporation, a United Industrial Corporation (NYSE: UIC) subsidiary; New Vectors LLC, a for-profit subsidiary of Altarum Institute; West Virginia University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

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