We are improving reality through understanding.
We are creating our future in space by providing scalable modular
Problem: Operating in extreme and remote environments has been an existing challenge since humans began
exploring. First-responders, soldiers, astronauts, scientists, and engineers are valuable, take a long time to
train, and without support failure is always a possibility.
Solution: We are producing a geospatial robotic system, Chromehound, as a scalable modular drone platform
and satellite constellation. The power of one, the force of many. The real power of these systems is when they
operate in concert. A single unit can provide a service. A coordinated swarm is sustainable, resilient, efficient,
and effective ecosystem of services. Our solution is a constellation of satellites that can deploy our platforms
from orbiting satellites to our customers operating in hazardous environments, on the Earth, the Moon, and in
space. Our modular system allows for bespoke toolkits to fit our customers specific problem sets.
Competitive Advantage: Our modular system allows for bespoke toolkits to fit our customers’ specific
problem sets with cost effective outfitting. Our capabilities include a communications network, robotic arms,
lidar scanners, survival kits, environmental probes, sampler collectors, emergency radiation shields, fire
blankets, power packs, and other platforms in development.
Business Model & Markets: We will provide licensing and commercial sales for customers with a focus on
expanding to other industries such as surveying, mining, and first response. We will provide data analysis,
communication, and location services as additional offerings. We will operate in the satellite and human
exploration value chains providing a product and core services in space, on Earth, and on the Moon. Our
customers will be NASA, the DOD, and anyone who needs these capabilities.
Competitors: Our product is a step ahead of our competitors with a keen focus on robotic sustainability that
translates to immediate impacts on Earth and in space. Protean Industries Chromehound cuts across existing
drone categories and capabilities. Currently no drone is reusable, repairable, and upgradable space and Earth
Go To Market: Our milestones begin with funding by 2022. Next our prototype development with a minimum
viable product by September 2023 will begin generating revenue with the DOD and NASA. Prototype satellite
testing and development begins in 2024. Satellite commercialization begins by 2025 and scales by 2026. Our
financial model prediction is based on the cost of each drone and satellite being sold at $20-50K and $500K-
$1M, respectively. These also predict a 50% cost of production. This leads to a return of $25M within 4 years
using $20K and $500K sales for each unit at 7.5% growth as an average between customers.
Team: Stephen A. Daire MSc Systems Engineering, Adam Tannir BSc Computer Science, Andrew Bodiford
Juris Doctorate, Karin Metzger MSc Aerospace Engineering, Mark Zoppina Electrical Engineering MSc, Jeremiah Nicoloso BSc Mathematics Navy NFO.
• Heidi Hammerstein, Technical Advisor Senior Systems Engineer NASA HLS EVA
•Andrei Nechkin, Business Advisor Startup Investor
•Mark Beckler, Strategic Advisor NGA
Traction & Status: We completed Rutgers University NSF Icorps concept development in 2019 for $5000.
DOD Starbase wants to purchase 30 of our systems for their Indiana program as preparation for a nation-wide
purchase order. The Hague Institute for Global Justice approached us as a partner because of our business
plan. We have an initial prototype including a rover, aerial system, and underwater system. We are developing
digital twins of our prototypes to expedite our modular platform improvements. These require integration,
machine learning augmentation, manipulator outfitting, and sensor incorporation. Our satellite concept requires
a digital twin for rapid development and drone interfacing.
Seeking: Round 1 and 2 funding now for our rover prototype development. $5M of consistent funding to go to scale
with the drones and prepare the satellite until 2026. Access to facilities for MVP testing and demonstrations.
Suitable business partnerships and mentors for planning, guidance, and support.