First field tests and “Aha moment” for Drone Employee

The story of our first flights

In April 2016 Drone Employee team made the first field test hiring 4 drones to film the motocross team demo day. The drones had to cooperate to eliminate the collision while filming the bikers in a limited area. This experiment proved that multiple drones can perform missions in the shared airspace safely and without human control.

The team developed an air traffic control system which guaranteed that drones will always fly safely and will not enter prohibited areas. The Ground Control Station used high-definition 3D maps to assign safe routes to the 4 drones in the airspace. This allowed us to create an efficient fleet management system that can work with autonomous drones, is hack-proof and easily scalable.

We continued to perform field tests both in Russia and the USA and started to get media coverage. For example, we were using Drone Employee software to organize a drone “selfie booth” on Pier 39 in San Francisco where tourists could order a 30 second drone video for their social media. We also experimented with setting up drones in the local paintball park so that visitors could order an aerial video of their experience.

Underlying “magic”

But the underlying technology of Drone Employee is actually also interesting for projects of much bigger scale. We were using Air Traffic Control system for managing drones locally. But we started to get requests from government agencies, big consulting companies and other organizations who wanted to start using blockchain technology in their respective drone projects.

Security and scalability are just side effects of what blockchain technology really brings to the table — an independent arbitrage!

Read other posts in the series:

Part 1

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5