The first place, full $5,000 2023 RISE Award goes to Absolute Concept Designs. Dustin Webb and his team at Absolute are developing a Hybrid Unmanned Aerial Underwater Vehicle (HUAUV) drone platform with the capacity to transition between air and water mediums and perform a number of different operations. At this time, we're unable to disclose anything more specific about the capabilities, but trust us – IT'S REALLY COOL! The platform would be utilized for various amphibious missions instead of sending a person into contested environments, resulting in saved lives of our Service Men and Women and increased security for the US and our Allies across the globe.
The ACD team has serious experience in this space, having previously worked with the Department of Defense on the design of armored vehicles, underbody blast mitigation technologies, air-to-air missiles, cruise and surface-to-air missiles, fighter jets, helicopters, and drones.
Dustin Webb with Absolute's Manta Ray Hybrid Drone Concept
Our thought bubble. ACD's HUAUV is just the kind of impactful innovation, backed by the kind of DNA it takes to see through to market success. The development and protection of any technology that helps to keep US Service Men and Women out of unnecessary danger is a mission we’re proud to help facilitate in any capacity!!
Being chosen as the winner of this year's Rise Award will allow our business to accelerate the development of our HUAUV (Hybrid Unmanned Aerial Underwater Vehicle) Platform. With Aurora's generous support and vast experience in the patent industry, we know that our HUAUV Platform is going to be well safeguarded against potential competitors, thus giving us a strong position as we enter the drone market.
I think that the best part has been working with the Aurora Team through this journey. My knowledge of the patent process and being able to now step back from the details and focus on the platform's capabilities, will help with future designs.