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Startup Vaya Space raises millions to test new rocket tech (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 23, 2023

This infusion of capital will take Vaya Space’s rocket research into the real world in 2023. Formerly known as Rocket Crafters, Vaya Space developed the Star 3-D rocket engine, a hybrid engine that uses liquid and solid propellant, and the Dauntless rocket, to launch payloads into space for the growing small satellite sector. Vaya Space […]

L3Harris to buy Aeroject Rocketdyne for $4.7B (Mark Anderson & Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 4, 2023

Melbourne-based L3Harris Technologies Inc. this year expects to close a $4.7 billion purchase of El Segundo, California-based missile and rocket maker Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. Defense contractor L3 Harris (NYSE: LHX) announced Dec. 18 it agreed to pay $58 per share in an all-cash transaction to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AJRD). The acquisition […]

Orlando startup Care.ai to double in size after investment deal (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 3, 2023

Orlando-based Care.ai’s recent $27 million funding deal was made possible by another Orlando tech company: Luminar Technologies Inc. San Francisco-based investment firm Crescent Cove Advisors LP has been an investor in autonomous vehicle sensor firm Luminar (Nasdaq: LAZR) since 2019. Luminar co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Jason Eichenholz is a friend and supporter of Care.ai founder and CEO Chakri […]

Cyber startup ThreatLocker expands into new Maitland HQ with goal to triple in size (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 13, 2022

There was a never doubt for Danny Jenkins or ThreatLocker Inc. When the Maitland-based cybersecurity company began to run out of room at its old headquarters, the company didn’t consider a new home anywhere outside the Orlando area, Jenkins, co-founder and CEO, told Orlando Inno. ThreatLocker executives on Dec. 9 cut the ribbon on its new headquarters: 42,000 […]

Orlando startup Fluix wins Blue Origin contest as it pivots toward outer space (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 12, 2022

Fluix Inc. co-founder and CEO Abhishek Sastri believes the solution that will make data centers more efficient on Earth will be found in outer space. That’s why Orlando-based liquid cooling technology startup Fluix is pivoting to a new focus: the development of a new coolant in microgravity. It’s a bold plan, but the company recently got some […]

Disney patents new ride track system technology (by Richard Bilbao)

Posted on November 30, 2022

The Walt Disney Co.’s latest ride patent looks at how to add a new level of surprise to the theme park experience. The patent, “Park Ride with Drop Swing Propulsion,” describes a system where a ride track can be transferred from an elevated track to a lower track with the ride vehicle on it, where […]

Universal patents new virtual-reality glasses for rides (Richard Bilbao)

Posted on November 24, 2022

Universal Parks & Resorts is looking into how to enhance virtual-reality headsets and improve immersion. The theme park company, which operates Universal Orlando Resort, filed a patent dubbed, “Front and Peripheral View Lens Area for Virtual Reality Headsets,” which describes a multi-lens headset. Why this matters: Patents provide a peek into what theme park designers and […]

Military VR company Havik picks Orlando for HQ, plans new jobs (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on November 23, 2022

When Glenn Banton was hired as chief operating officer of Havik Corp. earlier this year, he had two immediate recommendations for the virtual reality training firm. “We needed to find a headquarters, and it needed to be in Texas or Florida,” Banton told Orlando Inno. After three years as a dispersed company with no true base of operations, […]

Here’s how Space Florida will grow its portfolio to $10B (Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on November 17, 2022

  One hundred thousand satellite launches. Thousands of high-tech employers. A portfolio of aerospace projects $10 billion strong. That’s the picture Space Florida CEO and President Frank DiBello paints of the Sunshine State’s aerospace industry in 2030. As the state’s spaceport development agency, Space Florida negotiates with aerospace and aviation employers interested in bringing projects to Florida. […]

Luminar revenue surges amid production of SAIC’s self-driving cars (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on November 7, 2022

Luminar no longer is spinning its wheels in research and development, since its manufacturing is scaling into series production as its autonomous vehicle technology goes into cars entering the marketplace. Why this story matters: Orlando is Luminar’s headquarters and the heart of its hardware operations, and local work likely will grow as Luminar’s lidar laser technology […]

Luminar revenue surges amid production of SAIC’s self-driving cars (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on November 4, 2022

Luminar no longer is spinning its wheels in research and development, since its manufacturing is scaling into series production as its autonomous vehicle technology goes into cars entering the marketplace. Why this story matters: Orlando is Luminar’s headquarters and the heart of its hardware operations, and local work likely will grow as Luminar’s lidar laser technology […]

UCF and Universal Parks & Resorts design team launch ‘Creative Lab’ for future theme park creators (by Susan Lundine)

Posted on October 25, 2022

The University of Central Florida and Universal Creative — the team that designs, develops and delivers attractions, shows, hotels, restaurants and resorts worldwide for Universal Parks & Resorts — announced a new immersive learning experience for students in Orlando, the tourism capital of the world. Beginning next spring, the new UCF/Universal Creative Lab will provide students with special coursework […]

Meet 5 of Central Florida’s promising young entrepreneurs and techies (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on October 19, 2022

A few Central Florida entrepreneurs and technologists have built a process for turning ocean plastic into clothes, developed a multimillion-dollar video game and led teams at the nation’s fastest-growing startups — all before their 25th birthdays. These are examples of Orlando Inno‘s 2022 Inno Under 25 honorees. The annual feature honors five Central Florida innovators making waves […]

Orlando serial entrepreneurs reunite as top execs at computer vision startup (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on October 11, 2022

Sighthound offers artificial intelligence-based solutions that can identify vehicles, read license plates and remove personal information — such as faces — from videos. These computer vision products are possible because Sighthound trains computers by feeding millions of images, some annotated by humans, to algorithms that operates similar to a human brain, rewarding a computer when […]

Florida electric aviation startup VerdeGo Aero to hire after investments from Raytheon, Stetson alumni (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on September 9, 2022

VerdeGo Aero was founded to provide technologies to electrify both civilian and defense aircraft. The company’s hardware enables hybrid-electric aircraft by using both electric motors and sustainable liquid fuels, sometimes considered competing methods to making aircraft more sustainable. The company of roughly 20 people already has begun its search for the first five positions it wants […]

Florida sports tech firm plots expansion into security (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on August 25, 2022

In the days following the deadly May 24 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Kevin Davidson’s thoughts turned to the camera technology used by his sports firm — and how it could protect students like his 8-year-old son. The CEO of Orlando-based DS Sports Ventures called his partner and company president, Joe Sleiman, and told him the company […]

Florida education startup Meta Humans eyes HQ, expansion in Orlando (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on August 25, 2022

Class is nearly in session for a Central Florida education startup that lets children run a business, develop products and study cybersecurity. Meta Humans this fall will open its first science and tech-focused education center at 2175 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park. However, it’s just the start of Meta Humans’ plans, which include opening more […]

NASA’s Florida moon mission powered by dozens of local firms (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on August 24, 2022

The prime contractors for NASA’s Artemis mission and related programs are tech giants like Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. However, 3,800 suppliers across the U.S. also are working on the program. NASA’s Artemis program will put humans back on the moon for the first time since 1972.   http://NASA’s Florida moon […]

BREAKING: Orlando airport leader wants on-site K-12 school as part of 10-year plan

Posted on August 18, 2022

The Orlando International Airport leadership set big goals for its 10-year discussion — including the possibility of an on-site K-12 school. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the governing entity of the airport, went through a wishlist of wants for the airport over the next decade during its Aug. 17 meeting. Most of the requests were […]

Universal patent may let you add flair to Harry Potter wand spells (by Richard Bilbao)

Posted on August 9, 2022

Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter land is all about making guests feel as if they are wizards, and a new patent aims to help them do it with flair. The patent, “Variable Effects Activation in an Interactive Environment,” aims to allow an interactive environment activated via a device — such as a […]

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