USAF publicly requests $31.596M for JAGM-F missile "New Start" in FY19

Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) for Rotary Wing Aircraft (Photo credit: CoAspire, LLC)

Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) for Rotary Wing Aircraft (Photo credit: CoAspire, LLC)

CoAspire was pleased to see the US Air Force publicly request this week $31.596M in its FY19 Presidential Budget Request for the JAGM-F missile. The document, located online and pictured below is a new start of the weapon, a spiral improvement of the JAGM missile for Air Force fighter aircraft. According to the Air Force budget document published online this week:

Description: Joint Air-to-Ground Missile for Fixed Wing Aircraft (JAGM-F) is an improvement to the Army's JAGM which will allow the missile to be released from fixed wing aircraft in order to eliminate time sensitive moving targets and high value covered/sheltered targets. JAGM-F will be able to combat adverse weather/low visibility battlefield and countermeasure environments and austere communication environments and have the ability to engage multiple targets types near simultaneously in multiple engagement modes. Efforts include but are not limited to testing, qualification, and design/build demo components to production standards. Intent is to meet all BRU-55, BRU-57 and BRU-61 environments. 

FY 2019 Base Plans: Exercise Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) contract. Model design and build, Jettison and Capture Analysis, Mechanical Design, Electronic Design and Testing, Electrical Packaging, software design and code development, weapons system integration, aircraft systems integration, test vehicle design and build, and test vehicle flight planning.

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CoAspire Submits Blockchain based SBIR Phase 1 Proposal to Department of Homeland Security

CoAspire has submitted a proposal for a DHS Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase 1 program to optimize cell phone coverage in remote and maritime regions. Specifically the technology will include the development of two apps, and and the underlying blockchain technology to find cell phones in remote areas to aid Coast Guard/DHS Search and Rescue efforts.

It is cutting edge blockchain networking and ledger-keeping capabilities optimized to help those in need.Much more to be explored and revealed in the coming months. 

US Coast Guard Photo

US Coast Guard Photo

CoAspire Welcomes Dave Markert to the Team

CoAspire is thrilled to welcome aboard Dave Markert as a principal advisor and CTO. Dave is a leader, innovator, entrepreneur, engineer and former combat aviator. He is currently a Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Abaka – a digital health startup.  Previously Markert served as the Director of Business Development and as a Program Manager at Progeny Systems Corporation.  There he led a diverse and disruptive series of efforts for the US DOD including alternatives to GPS, an advanced Tactical Aircraft Mission Planning system, Long Endurance Drone Development, a shock hardened Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for the Navy ‘Railgun’ Projectile, and an Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) for covert submarine launch. Dave is an expert in creating, designing and bringing to market Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) projects.

Before joining Progeny, he was the founder and CEO of a defense startup – Tactical Systems Engineering – that focused on developing a tactical aircraft launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  This aircraft, Wingman, was test flown in March of 2013

Markert was a career Naval Officer where he was a combat aviator, program manager and proven leader.  His last assignment in the Navy was as overseeing Navy Research and Development abroad as the leader of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global based in London, England.

A former Naval Flight Officer, Markert was an instructor at TOPGUN, the Navy's Fighter Weapons School. He has flown the F-14A, B and D, the F-16, A-4 and other combat aircraft.  He retired from the Navy as a Commander. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the US Naval War College and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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