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BlueHalo Partners with the University of Maryland to Advance Autonomy Innovation and Develop Talent Pipeline

BlueHalo Partners with the University of Maryland to Advance Autonomy Innovation and Develop Talent Pipeline

ARLINGTON, VA – BlueHalo, a leading provider of critical capabilities and technologies across Space, Air, and Cyber domains, has announced a partnership with the University of Maryland (UMD) MATRIX Lab and the UMD UAS Research and Operations Center (UROC) to support research and testing on long-range communications and autonomous systems.

Faculty and students from the MATRIX Lab and UROC will work jointly with BlueHalo engineers and scientists to conduct research and development on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and communication systems and perform testing of algorithms and radio waveforms at the MATRIX Lab’s open air-land lab and anechoic chamber. Future research efforts will utilize the MATRIX lab’s water tunnel and outdoor testing capabilities.

BlueHalo and UMD will leverage strategic partnerships to make a positive impact on national defense, advance autonomous technologies, and develop a strong talent pipeline in Maryland and beyond through student internships, scholarships, and education programs. These partners include the university’s regional relationships with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and the Naval Surface Warfare Centers at Indian Head, Carderock, and Dahlgren along with BlueHalo’s airborne testing and autonomous systems support for the Department of Defense Test Resource Management Center (TRMC).

“With access to world-class resources, faculty, and facilities at the University of Maryland, BlueHalo is looking forward to the work ahead–advancing groundbreaking autonomous innovations, bolstering our national security posture, and creating a robust college-to-career pipeline,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, BlueHalo Chief Executive Officer.

“We are excited about this partnership,” said Dr. Reza Ghodssi, MATRIX Lab Executive Director of Research and Innovation. “BlueHalo substantively adds value to our endeavor, and we are looking forward to creating new opportunities and solutions for our stakeholders, especially around the test and evaluation of autonomy.”

“BlueHalo leverages our expertise in autonomy and rapid prototyping capabilities to develop transformative innovations in Space technologies, UAS / cUAS, AI/ML and autonomous systems,” said Dr. Vikram Manikonda, BlueHalo Chief Technology Officer. “With access to world-class faculty, facilities, and resources provided through this new partnership with the University of Maryland, BlueHalo is excited to expand our testing and evaluation of autonomous and RF systems in support of critical national defense missions.”

The University of Maryland and BlueHalo are invested in workforce development and critical technology innovations. Both organizations welcome partners in this mission in order to expand the synergistic ecosystem and spark innovation. Interested parties can learn more at


About BlueHalo

BlueHalo is purpose-built to provide industry-leading capabilities in the domains of Space, C-UAS and Autonomous Systems, Cyber, and AI/ML. BlueHalo focuses on inspired engineering to develop, transition, and field next-generation capabilities to solve the most complex challenges of our customers’ critical missions and reestablish our national security posture in the near-peer contested arena. Learn more at

About the MATRIX Lab and the A. James Clark School of Engineering

The MATRIX Lab is a high-tech research and education facility with unique features built to advance autonomy and uncrewed systems. The lab serves industry, government, academia, and the people of Southern Maryland. The MATRIX Lab’s research facilities are unique in Southern Maryland and include an open air-land lab, anechoic chamber, and water tunnel. Learn more and reserve lab space at

The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is a premier program, ranked among the top 20 in the world. The Clark School is leading research advancements in aerospace, autonomy, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity. Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the Clark School is at the center of a constellation of high-tech companies and federal laboratories, offering students and faculty access to unique professional opportunities. A broad spectrum of academic programs is complemented by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, early hands-on educational experiences, and participation in national and international competitions. The Clark School’s students, faculty, and alumni are engineering life-changing innovations for millions. Learn more at

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