SkySpecs is lowering the barrier to entry for drone users — enabling drones to do things they have never done before for people and companies who never dreamed to use them. Our first products target the Sense and Avoid problem — that is the ability for drones to avoid people, objects, and other aircraft automatically. Sense and avoid technology makes drones significantly safer and easier to use, and promises to unlock a $12B opportunity. SkySpecs is positioned to provide the gold standard for sense and avoid technology, supported in part by a Phase 1 NSF SBIR.
SkySpecs’ venture-backed team, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been inventing next-generation robots for over five years, originally as students on an engineering research project at the University of Michigan. Collectively, the team has won international competitions demonstrating technologies such as robotic cooperation, exploration and mapping of unknown locations, and precise flight in tight environments.
It is an exciting time for drone technology. Unprecedented strides forward in regulation have allowed drones the ability to legally fly for commercial purposes for the first time since 2007. Six drone test sites are now online in the United States, where commercial drone activity is legal. This Summer, SkySpecs is kicking off a pilot project with UpWind Solutions, a leading wind turbine blade inspector. The pilot will take place in two of the test sites, making SkySpecs one of the first companies to legally operate drones in U.S. skies.
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