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Drone Startups – Top 10 drone startups @dronologista

Dear friends,

Although only five months young, dronologista blog has grown and needs a new attire.

As of 1st of September, dronologista.com moves to a new hosting, new address and slightly changes the appearance . Content will remain the same, and dronologista will continue to provide information about non-military drones only.

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Two months ago when I started posting Drone Startups articles here, I didn’t expect that I will have enough material to run with it as long as I would like to. And I would like to post on this topic for years, if possible, a very moderate goal.

Yet, two months fast forward, and there are ten articles covering a very vibrant community of entrepreneurs that are not only bringing change to the UAV environment, but are about to change the world. Some of them are genuine and ingenious, others are slightly bizarre and there is even one fake startup.

Here is the list of 10 startups that have been featured at dronologista:

1. Matternet

When you realize that more than 1 billion of Earth population, 1.000.000.000 human beings have no access to all season roads, it is sort of shocker. That is a problem Matternet wants to tackle, with the envisioned network of autonomous ground stations and UAV that can reach anyone, anywhere, anytime.

2. Honeycomb

Precision agriculture is one of the biggest markets for sensor equipped Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Honeycomb is a Oregon based startup that wants to tap into that market with their AgDrone fixed wing UAV equipped with visible and multispectral cameras for high-resolution imaging and NDVI-based crop stress detection.

3. Skycatch

Skycatch is San Francisco based, Google backed startup developing a platform for capturing data at scale using small autonomous aerial robots. Their platform consists of  UAV, ground stations and logistics dashboard enabling autonomous and remote drone operation.

4. Garuda Robotics

Garuda Robotics is the first startup featured here that is not US-based. They are from Singapore, and they offer drones and drone fleet management system called Garuda Cloud that comes with the dashboard, multimode flight plan generator, cloud storage and flight simulator.

5. Gofor

This is a complete fake startup. It created a lot of internet buzz, and even people from Google and Texas Instruments called Alex Cornell, the original prankster, asking if he was hiring. Well, he is not because Gofor was a sort of April Fools-day joke. But it just might happen that today’s prank becomes inspiration for a future startup.

6. DroneDeploy

DroneDeploy is a web-based control and management system that offers drone operators things like browser-based operations control, fleet management and tracking, electronic filling and related paperwork and data logging. Managing of multiple-drone operation is a complex task and DroneDeploy is among first to tackle this problem.

7. FlexBot

Flexbot is  tiny, crowdfounded, open-source nanocopter, which can be controlled by a smartphone. With the price of only $49 for the basic product and whooping $159 for more expensive version that comes with 720p real-time video sending webcam, it is inexpensive and fun to fly.

8. EasyDrone

One of the personal favorites, Easy Drone is a plug-and-play aerial filming platform, incredibly compact and easy to assemble. It proved to be a smashing hit on Kickstarter as it reached it $20.000 funding goal within two weeks, and is now nearing its stretch goal of $30.000 that will include some very advanced features.

9. Skyteboard

This startup made me ask myself “why?”, for the first time since I am covering this topic. It goes in the bizarre category, since I am not sure why would anyone finance and buy “social network controlled quadcopter”. It seems that I am not alone, since crowdfunding is not going quite well for Skyteboard. Kudos to the engineering displayed, it is the only bright element of this project.

10. Skysense

One more entrant in the remote drone operation arena is Berlin based Skysense. Their inductive charging landing pad and drone hangars might be tapping into the same market in which Skycatch already is. If inductive landing pad and drone hangar is the way to go, the future will tell.

 

This list will continue to grow, since the drone market seems to be quite interesting for entrepreneurs, and dronologista will follow the topic with great interest and share the news with great devotion.

Do you know of a startup (not mentioned here, preferably) that is using, making or supporting drones?

 

Drones for pest control

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Although only five months young, dronologista blog has grown and needs a new attire.

As of 1st of September, dronologista.com moves to a new hosting, new address and slightly changes the appearance . Content will remain the same, and dronologista will continue to provide information about non-military drones only.

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Drones are being increasingly used in farming. In one of the previous posts, dronologista presented HoneyComb, a startup company focused on precision agriculture using drone-based sensing and imaging technology. Other efforts are bit more low tech but still very impressive, such as this crops spraying UAV designed by Mr. Zhang Aiguo from China.

Zhang Aiguo flies a crop dusting drone

Zhang Aiguo flies a crop dusting drone. Courtesy of China Daily and Xinhua

One of the companies that are trying to enter what is expected to become a very lucrative market, is  Height-Tech from Bielefeld, Germany. Their latest video shows how UAV can be used for pest control. Trichogramma, beneficial parasite used against European corn borer, is being discharged from one of the Height-Tech drones. Waypoints, distance and number of drops can be preplanned thus reducing time and costs for pest control.

Picture and video courtesy of China Daily and Height-Tech

Drone Startups part 2: HoneyComb

Dear friends,

Although only five months young, dronologista blog has grown and needs a new attire.

As of 1st of September, dronologista.com moves to a new hosting, new address and slightly changes the appearance . Content will remain the same, and dronologista will continue to provide information about non-military drones only.

Enjoy!

Precision agriculture is a farming management concept that supports decision making using big data supplied by variety of sensors. Sensor platform that is being increasingly used is unmanned aerial vehicle. In fact UAV or drones are spreading in agriculture at such a rate, that Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts that farms will eventually account for 80% of commercial drones market.

As a response to increasing demand for agricultural UAV systems, HoneyComb  company was founded in Oregon in 2012. Since inception, HoneyComb is focused on agriculture and forestry, providing robust  drone-based  sensing and imaging technologies and accessible and effective data processing solutions that increase yield and reduce costs.

A flight plan can be mapped to any field shape

HoneyComb’s main product is AgDrone UAS. It is fixed wing, completely autonomous UAS for agricultural surveying that comes standard with visible and multispectral cameras for high-resolution imaging and NDVI-based crop stress detection. It is ready to fly with a complete airframe and avionics, fully configured autopilot, mission planning software, visible and spectral (NDVI) cameras and a ground station in a rugged carry case. UAV is not difficult to use, and the ease with which it is launched you can see in the video below.

With expected flight time of around 60 minutes in windless condition, the AgDrone can cover approximately 1000 acres on a single battery.

AgDrone System

This powerful tool will certainly help farmers make better decisions, avoiding unnecessary application of fertilizers and pesticides, thus decreasing costs and improving yields.

Images and video courtesy of HoneyComb and KQED science.