The Asylon team was recently invited to participate, and won 2nd place, in the Drone Innovation Start-up Contest hosted by Krypto Labs in Abu Dhabi! For a contest that had over 600 applications, we were honored to be selected as a Top 5 finalist and invited to pitch live from the Krypto Labs stage. As the only American team in the Top 5, it was humbling to be surrounded by some of the greatest minds in the Drone space from around the world.
After having the opportunity to meet and get to know the representatives from the other teams, we were blown away by some of the great technology that their companies are developing. Inkonova from Sweden, for example, has developed a tilt rotor drone that can not only fly, but drive on the ground, too! You should check out their awesome video that demonstrates some of the capabilities of their drone and how they're using it to map caves.
Skyborne, an Australian company, has developed a light-weight, tactical UAS called the Cerberus GL. Their main differentiating factor is that their drone weighs less than 6kg - quite a bit smaller than other UAS capable of armed payloads. Another company called Internest hails from France and has developed a precision landing system that utilizes ultrasonic and ultrawideband technology. You can check out their video that demonstrates their system working inside and outside in GPS-denied environments.
Finally, Voliro of Switzerland has developed a rather novel tilt rotor system that allows their drones to do some absolutely incredible maneuvers. Voliro would go on to win 1st place in the competition. They have a great team and we're excited to see what new heights they will reach with Krypto Labs' help!
For us, we savored the opportunity to broaden our horizons a bit and demonstrate some of the great capabilities of our autonomous battery swap station, DroneHome. As part of our pitch, we demonstrated how our DroneHome system works by remotely triggering the battery swap of a drone in Philadelphia right from the stage in Abu Dhabi! I don't work for Guinness World Records, but I think that means we hold the record for the furthest remotely triggered battery swap of a drone in the world at nearly 7000 miles!
If you are looking for a way to automate your drone fleet and reduce the workload of your human operators, you should definitely reach out! We'd love the opportunity to talk more about how we can work together!