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Gecko Robotics awarded $1.5M Air Power contract


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The U.S. Air Power Nuclear Weapons Middle has awarded Gecko Robotics an 18-month, $1.5 million contract by the Small Enterprise Innovation Analysis (SBIR) program. The contract will support within the Air Power’s efforts to modernize the legs of the U.S. nuclear triad. 

As a part of the contract, Gecko Robotics will combine concrete analysis expertise into its fleet of crawling inspection robots. Gecko will mix {hardware} and software program parts to offer its robots the flexibility to quickly assess concrete and metal liners in Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch amenities. These robots will assist the Air Power easily transition to the Sentinel program after which to a modernized sustainment program. 

“Making certain the security and effectivity of our nation’s most important belongings is in our DNA at Gecko, and we look ahead to our partnership with the Air Power on this important mission,” Jake Loosararian, CEO and Co-founder of Gecko Robotics, mentioned. “I’m additionally happy with how our crew and our product have risen to the problem throughout this aggressive course of as we proceed to extend our partnerships throughout the federal area.”

Gecko’s air pressure contract was earned by a aggressive course of that concerned an preliminary proposal submission and peer evaluation course of, adopted by a evaluation from key stakeholders. Gecko Robotics was then invited to take part within the Air Power Nuclear Weapons Middle’s 2nd Pitch Day. 

Gecko Robotics’ expertise is made for the ability technology, oil and gasoline, heavy manufacturing and protection industries. Its TOKA Sequence robots, which incorporates the TOKA 3, TOKA 4, TOKA 4 GZ and TOKA Flex, are every designed to carry out beneath sure circumstances.

The TOKA 3, for instance, is healthier for inspections on medium-sized piping and high-temperature surfaces, whereas the TOKA 4 does higher with boiler partitions and curved surfaces. The TOKA 3 is ready to cowl 60 toes per minute, whereas the others within the collection can attain a prime pace of 30 toes per minute.

Gecko was co-founded by Loosararian and Troy Demmer, now the chief product officer. Loosararian began the corporate in 2013 and in 2016 joined efforts with Demmer. The corporate acquired $2.1 million in funding the identical 12 months. 

Extra just lately, it introduced in $73 million in Sequence C funding in March. XN led the latest funding spherical. Founders Fund, XYZ, Drive Capital, Snowpoint Ventures, Joe Lonsdale, Mark Cuban, Gokul Rajaram and extra participated within the spherical.

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