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Nov 28, 2023

Will we soon be able to talk to our drones via text?

Vic Pellicano is CEO and Founder of Avianna, a Chicago-based software company working to bridge the gap between hardware and software excellence in the robotics industry. Avianna offers a suite of products that utilize artificial intelligence to enable drones and other robots to understand human language and operate autonomously.  Their software  enhances mission execution and simplifies data analysis and reporting.  Imagine being able to command your drones or check on the status of your fleet using simple commands in English, such as “find a missing person” or “which drones are scheduled for missions today”

Vic is a successful entrepreneur in the software industry.  Prior to starting Avianna, he launch Verenia in 2012, an e-commerce software company.  After a decade of growth, Verenia was acquired by Oracle in 2022. With an interest in robotics, Vic turned his attention to making the interaction of humans and robots more seamless and intuitive.  He launched Avianna in early 2023 with the aim of helping UAS manufactures make more responsive and intelligent unmanned vehicles.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show Podcast, Vic talks about Avianna, its suite of AI-powered solutions and how we will soon be able to communicate with our drones via text.

Mar 1, 2022

What does real time autonomous UAS operations look like?

Barry Alexander is Founder and CEO of Aquiline Drones, a drone manufacturing and full service UAS company based in Hartford Connecticut.  Aquiline offers full-service, UAV solutions with equipment, personnel and cloud infrastructure for a multitude of use cases. They have redefined the entire unmanned aerial vehicle landscape by developing a unified, real-time cloud with autonomous flight capabilities, edge computing and AI enabled data insights.  This includes drone manufacturing, air carrier service, autonomous UAS services, insurance, training and UAS cloud computing services. Driven by the Aquiline Cloud, a dedicated hybrid-cloud services platform, their solutions provide increased applicability across industries and environments. 

Barry brings over 25 years’ experience as an aviator and licensed aircraft technician for both airplanes and helicopters.  He has spent most of his career working as an Airline Captain for various airlines, with over 22,000 hours of logged flight time, with his last assignment flying Boeing 747 aircraft globally - mainly in support of US military operations. Barry possesses key expertise in several areas of flight operations and management working as a Flight Instructor, Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and has led other successful and non-aviation ventures in the areas of health information systems, electronic payment systems and digital media. 

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Barry talks about Aquiline Drones, its full service Drone stack solution and their efforts to achieve true autonomy. 

Feb 4, 2022
Where can you go to get the latest on UAS autonomous operations?  On February 22nd, all you have to do is to turn on your computer and tune into NestGen, the first, all on-line summit on drone automation presented by Flytbase.  

The 2022 NestGen will bring together leaders in the UAS automation sector to share experiences and technologies. In recent years, modular and autonomous drone-in-a-box systems have displayed a highly disruptive potential in increasing the quality and efficiency of aerial data, acquisition and management. However, as they are still a nascent and niche technology, there has been little emphasis on growing and supporting those that are involved in creating such systems. Navigating the rich and diverse ecosystem of the drone automation market is a daunting, but necessary, task. For all drone based businesses to encourage global collaboration in forging a platform for these businesses, Flytbase created the NextGen Summit. In this edition of the drone radio show, Achal Negi, Head of Business Development for Flytbase, talks about NestGen, what attendees will learn and how you can be a part of this monumental event. 

Feb 1, 2022

What's the latest in drone-in-a-box solutions? Achal Negi is head of business development for Flytbase and Curt Lary is lead engineer and CEO for Hextronics.  Flytbase is a Silicon Valley company that has build the world's first internet-of-drones platform to automate and scale drone operations.  Hextronics is an engineering and manufacturing company that designs and produces scalable autonomous drone hardware solutions in a cost-effective manner.  Both companies are leaders in their respective verticals, and they formed a partnershjip to produce a powerful low-cost autonomous drone-in-a-box solution.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Achal and Curt talk about Flytbase and Hextronics, their drone-in-a-box product and software, and the future of autonomous drone operations.

Dec 28, 2021

What does it mean to achieve the highest level of aerial Autonomy?

Nader Elm is CEO and Founder of Exyn Technologies.  Exyn Technologies pioneers autonomous robot systems for complex, GPS-denied environments.  The company’s full-stack solution enables flexible deployment of single or multi-robots that can intelligently navigate and dynamically adapt to complex environments in real time. 

Earlier this year, the company announced that it had achieved what it considers the highest level of aerial autonomy reached within the UAS industry. Exyn drones are immune to GPS signal loss, meaning all spatial and mapping computations are done onboard.  They can fly anywhere without a remote operator.  This is a major step up from previous levels of autonomy, in which a human is required to potentially assume control, something that has prevented drones from entering spaces without ranging signals, such as underground mining locations.

Nader has spent his professional career in fast-growing technology domains, progressively moving from engineering roles to leadership of startups and strategic growth initiatives in large enterprises.  He joined as CEO of EXYN Technologies at the company’s formation in 2014.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Nader talks about EXYN Technologies, it’s Level 4 autonomous drones, and how the company’s technology is successfully mapping dangerous and isolated underground locations in the mining industry, saving time and providing added safety benefits.

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