Marshall Futureworx part of trio working to create robotic drone technologies
Marshall Futureworx, sees.ai, and ISS Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the three companies work to create new autonomous robotic drone technologies for sectors including offshore renewable energy, defence and security, and nuclear decommissioning.
Marshall Futureworx is the venture building arm of the Marshall Group which includes Marshall Aerospace. The standalone team of highly creative engineering talent was established to leverage Marshall’s unique engineering skills, experience, and reputation to identify and develop a new generation of products and services that address existing and future challenges.
The MoU will result in Marshall Futureworx leading the development of a permanently deployed Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) autonomous drone solution which integrates the combined expertise, technologies, and capabilities of Marshall, sees.ai, and ISS Aerospace.
West Sussex-based sees.ai is developing an operating system that will unlock the safe operation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fleets at national scale. The drone technology provider is a pioneer in autonomous navigation and command-and-control software for BVLOS operations, providing aerial intelligence and enabling economies of scale for the use of drones in industrial applications.
ISS Aerospace is an industry-leading unmanned aerial system (UAS) provider specialising in cutting-edge design, manufacture and operations for a wide range of international customers in various sectors including energy, defence, security, utilities and surveillance. It is headquartered in Chieveley, Berkshire.
Chris Walton, founder and managing director of Futureworx, said: “Marshall has an excellent track record of getting complex systems into the air safely. We are excited to work with sees.ai and ISS Aerospace, who are also leaders in their fields, to unlock the tremendous potential of enabling autonomy at long range, and delivering new and innovative services to defence, security, and industrial customers.”
In combination, all three UK-based companies are confident they can bring world-leading drone services to emerging and challenging sectors.
John McKenna, CEO of sees.ai, said: “Our software coupled with Marshall and ISS Aerospace’s hardware has the potential to open a range of new use-cases and markets across industry, and defence and security. Our goal is to unlock the substantial financial, operational, environmental and safety benefits of BVLOS drone operations. We can’t wait to get started.”
Ryan Kempley, CEO of ISS Aerospace, added: “Bringing together such a pool of knowledge and expertise will allow for some truly ground-breaking capabilities to be realised.”
“We feel privileged to be part of such a ground-breaking programme and look forward to working with Marshall and sees.ai. Having deployed and operated our UAS in a number of challenging environments around the world, we believe the drone technologies being fielded by this collaboration will have wide ranging benefits to the industry as a whole.”
Kieren Paterson, co-founder and head of Futureworx, concluded: “We are tremendously excited by the potential of this team and the technology we are developing together.”