Sabanto, the Illinois-based producer of autonomous technology, has announced delivery of two autonomous tractor units to the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron at Patrick Space Force Base in Brevard County, Florida.
Sabanto’s autonomous technology was recently installed on the supported Kubota M5 tractor platform, and will be used to automate airfield mowing operations using Sabanto’s path-planning technology, the company reports.
“We are excited to provide our technology not only to the United States Air Force, but also to the United States Space Force,” says Eddie Brown, Sabanto’s vice president of government products and services. “Expanding our market within the Department of Defense represents a big step for Sabanto.”
Sabanto announced the availability of its autonomy kit for Kubota M5 tractors in January of this year. Its system retrofits onto existing machinery, allowing operators to turn tractors they already own into autonomous machines.
“Automating our mowers will allow for the reallocation of labor hours to tackle other base priorities,” says Andrew C. Johnson, Captain, USAF. “By maximizing our labor hours, we will be able to complete more tasks in-house to support the space launch mission, our mission partners and the base populace.”
Sabanto’s autonomous technology is currently compatible with the following equipment:
- Kubota M5-091 & M5-111
- Fendt 7xx Vario Gen6 (Coming Soon)
- 3-Point Hitch & Pull-Type Implements
“Sabanto is thankful for the opportunity to serve Patrick Space Force Base. We are looking forward to opportunities to advance Sabanto’s technology to better support our military partners,” says Cory Spaetti, Sabanto’s vice president of product.