Airbus launches new start-up for commercial drones [fr]
On May, 10, 2017, Airbus announced the launching of a new Atlanta-based start-up: Airbus Aerial.
"Through Airbus Aerial, we are uniquely positioned and fully committed to advancing the commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry,” said Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Defence and Space. “It is bringing together partners from across the industry – ranging from vehicle manufacturers, data analytics companies, service providers and others – to enable data-focused services at a large scale,"
The U.S.-based part of Airbus Aerial is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and is led by Jesse Kallman. With 12 years of experience in this sector, Kallman is a major player in the UAS area, having worked at Georgia Tech, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Airware, and groups like AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International).
"Airbus Aerial brings together a variety of aerospace technologies – including drones and satellites – combines them in a common software infrastructure, and applies industry-specific analytics to deliver tailored solutions to our customers’ biggest challenges," Jesse Kallman noted.
Indeed, Airbus Aerial is aiming to sell its services to various industries by helping them capture data by drones or satellites, its prospects including: insurance, oil and gas, utilities, agriculture, forestry and emergency management.
Having lived in Atlanta while pursuing his education, Jesse Kallman described the city as a “underrated location for new startups, new tech growth.” According to him, the metro Atlanta area “has a great ecosystem of large Fortune 500 companies, which will be our primary customers and partners”. Furthermore, he said the Atlanta airport is “a really great thing for us” in terms of reaching Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France and facilitating movement around the country.