Merlin Acquires EpiSci

Merlin, a Boston, MA-based autonomous flight technology for fixed-wing aircraft, is to acquire EpiSys Science, a Poway, CA-based software AI and autonomy company delivering solutions for dual-use applications.

The amount of the deal was not disclosed.

Led by Bo Ryu, Founder and CEO, EpiSci develops next generation, tactical autonomy solutions for national security problems. EpiSci’s autonomy software is hardware agnostic, operationally informed, tactically relevant, and has piloted swarms of uncrewed aerial and maritime systems and tactical fighter aircraft. Additional applications include human-machine teaming for air dominance, cognitive sensors, networks for advanced communications systems, and battle management command and control for informed decision-making.

Led by CEO Matt George, Merlin is building a platform-adaptable advanced automation system to perpetuate a resilient air network. The company has offices in Denver and flight test facilities in Mojave, CA and Kerikeri, New Zealand.

With this strategic move, Merlin will solidify its position as the frontrunner in the autonomous aviation industry. Together the combined entity expands the suite of supported platforms to over 23 unique types, including operations on the X-62 VISTA, Cessna Caravan, F-16, L-29 Delfin, Berkut 540, C130J Super Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker, multiple Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV), and small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS).