Friday, February 7, 2020,
From the offices of the Virginia Institute for spaceflight and autonomy at ODU.
Our final chosen sponsorship company is, Sentinel Robotic Solutions (SRS)!
In recent years, the CEO of SRS, Peter Bale, was the President of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). He is now acting as an advisor to the organization and is a board member. AUVSI is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. Mr. Bale has been Chairman of the Board for the Wallops Island Regional Alliance since April of 2011. He was also the Director of the Virginia Space Flight Academy from September of 2013 through August of 2018. He is credited in bringing two major UAS programs from conception to a full-scale DoD program of record, validating his ability to succeed in product development and sales. SRS has a staff of eight professionals who work to fulfill the company’s contracts in unmanned aviation.
Founded in 2012, SRS was established as an unmanned system consulting partnership. The company has experience working with military operations, military leadership, and America’s largest unmanned systems manufacturing companies. SRS has since expanded the company’s organic capabilities to include services, support, system integration, and custom automated production solutions. SRS specializes in all aspects of operational support including mission planning, air vehicle piloting, data collection and delivery, project management, and administrative support. SRS also offers test management services to include test and evaluation (T&E), research and development (R&D), development testing, operational testing, requirements studies, and data analysis. The company has extensive experience supporting government agencies including the US Navy, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, NASA, NOAA, DHS and more. SRS also has multiple FAA Part 107 Commercial Operators on staff and has developed curricula for training courses in support of the evolvement of the workforce for the growing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry. SRS also provides various services for the management, operations, administration, business development and external relations in support of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight operations for the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA).
Project Description: Sentinel Robotic Solution, LLC (SRS) is pleased to submit this proposal to the Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy (VISA) through Old Dominion University Research Foundation (ODURF). This project will not only serve to ignite economic growth, workforce development and innovation on the Eastern Shore, but also provide a state-of-the-art communication network to support, improve, and expand DoD Navy missions, NASA launch operations, and scientific research. SRS will bring a collaborative team of Federal, Educational, and commercial stakeholders together to plan and execute a full-scale demonstration of an over-the-horizon communication mesh network that can pass real-time voice, video streaming, and data transfer from shore stations to sea-based platforms via air vehicles. As this network is proven to be viable, more nodes will be added to expand it over the Atlantic Ocean Range as well as provide shore-based operational control and awareness. This capability has been specifically requested so users of the Range can monitor, view and collect data from test events and launches in real-time supporting larger, longer, and more range missions over the Atlantic.