Drone Startups 6: DroneDeploy

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In this edition of Drone Startups, dronologista presents DroneDeploy, another startup from the Silicon Valley. Instead of developing hardware, DroneDeploy develops the cloud based software that manages operation of multiple UAVs.

DroneDeploy Logo

DroneDeploy Logo

The web-based control and management system offers drone operators things like:

  • browser-based operations control
  • fleet management and tracking
  • electronic filling of required paperwork
  • data logging

It allows simple workflows for things like high precision terrain surveys and precision agriculture mapping. Data collected is transmitted and shared in the real-time. In essence, it enables single person using one laptop to safely operate multiple commercial unmanned systems over the internet.

The DroneDeploy system consists of

  • UAV – any drone with APM or Pixhawk autopilot
  • DroneDeploy CoPilot – smart cellular telemetry radio that replaces original Ardupilot or PX4 autopilot
  • Cloud Control – web-based control software
Cloud Control

Cloud Control


Managing multiple drones is no simple affair, and up until now a single operator couldn’t cope with it. DroneDeploy is among first to tackle this problem, and the solution provided looks sound and feasible. Their simple and powerful platform will certainly help commercial UAS operators to get things done with their drones.

Interesting articles about DroneDeploy could be found in Gigaom, sUAS News and TechCrunch.

Pictures courtesy of DroneDeploy.




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