Army xTechSearch Narrows to 12 Finalists
Twelve finalists have been selected in the Army’s XTechSearch competition after presentations were made during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.
The Expeditionary Technology Search, shortened to XTechSearch, drew more than 300 entrants, with 25 offered the opportunity to appear at Innovator’s Corner on the AUSA 2018 exhibit floor. A dozen were selected for the final round.
The finalist companies announced Oct. 11 by Thomas P. Russell, deputy assistant Army secretary for research and technology, are Adranos of Indiana; Aeronics Inc. of Pennsylvania; Blacksand Technology LLC of Utah; Cuberg Inc. of California; Hivemapper of California; Hyperdyne Inc. of California; NODAR Inc. of Massachusetts; Notch Inc. of Massachusetts; Sempulse LLC of Texas; TangiTek LLC of Oregon; WildSpark Technologies LLC of Texas; and WISER Systems Inc. of North Carolina.
The presentations covered a wide range of technology aimed at responding to the Army’s capability priorities. Concepts of the finalists include high-performance rocket propellant, dynamic 3D maps, ultralight batteries for unmanned aerial vehicles and directional antennas.
The finalists each receive $125,000 and an invitation to the next round, where they’ll be required to demonstrate their concept works. The top prize is $200,000.