Skygauge’s innovative tilting rotor drones are up for pre-order, with deliveries in 2021 – ProWellTech
I have had a few occasions to see Skygauge’s drones in person, mainly during visits to Asia. The Canadian team is involved in the HAX program and has spent time working outside its Shenzhen offices. In fact, they competed on our latest hardware battlefield in the city late last year.
For one person, everyone I’ve talked to seems impressed by the company’s tilting rotor technology, which allows massive industrial drones to maneuver like traditional quadcopters can’t. I have no doubt that the startup has had no problems attracting the attention of companies looking for an advantage in the space of drones and, like many other robotics and robotics / drones / automation companies, has obtained a considerable increase in interest thanks to COVID- 19.
Today the startup has announced that it has opened pre-orders on its drones, with launch plans in 2021: it is not revealing prices, but interested parties can pay a refundable deposit of $ 1,000. The company has already deployed “100 potential customers”, along with planned demonstrations for 10 Fortune 500 companies. The pandemic, meanwhile, has opened up greater potential for this type of automated industrial inspection device. The company notes a recent FAA temporary exemption for further drone-based inspections of oil and gas sites in Texas, as workers are expected to remain at home.
“Our goal is to get people out of dangerous environments and the need for this has never been greater because of COVID-19,” says co-founder and CEO Nikita Iliushkin.
Apparently Skygauge peaked during the pandemic. I will be curious to see if the company’s success will lie in producing its own drones or in licensing its extraordinary technology to third parties. In the meantime, he raised $ 400,000 in pre-seed funding, with plans to raise more.