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Bloomfield-based firm gets NASA contract to develop software for drone aircraft

| Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:57 p.m.

A Bloomfield-based technology firm landed a $754,000-deal to develop unmanned aircraft software for NASA.

Near Earth Autonomy's software, called Safe50, aims to allow aerial drones to navigate safely and autonomously, especially during the first and last 50 feet of take-offs and landings, the company said in a written statement.

Users currently must maintain line-of-site contact and clear GPS communication to safely operate aircraft drones.

Near Earth CEO Sanjiv Singh in a written statement said the Safe50 software will move drone aircraft closer to their “unlimited potential in all manner of commercial operations” by allowing them to take off and land outside of sight lines and with poor GPS reception.

NASA's Small Business Innovation Research program will fund the software development. NASA will house the project at its Ames Reearch Center in Moffet Field, Calif.

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