The team at AERIUM Analytics has acquired the technology and intellectual property (IP) portfolio from Clear Flight Solutions, covering the RoBird technology.
The acquired technology includes the ornithopter drone RoBird and all associated patents and knowledge.
AERIUM will immediately begin manufacturing RoBird units in Calgary and will embark on a pre-established technology development road map for RoBird and other flapping wing flight applications.
Commenting on the acquisition, Richard Hawker, president at AERIUM, said: “Four years ago, a group of innovative and forward-thinking individuals decided to create a company that would focus on the future of geospatial intelligence combined with unmanned technology.
“Our vision was to provide a technology enabled service that would allow businesses to gain a clear understanding of the integrity and readiness of their physical assets and to meet their regulatory compliance and operations planning and monitoring challenges.”
He continued: “I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved towards that goal and am looking forward to working with our innovative team of GIS, robotics, machine learning, computer vision and sensor technology specialists as they continue to integrate and expand flapping wing flight into our already broad portfolio of technology.
“Globally we have been the largest user of the RoBird technology to date and are well situated to achieve this.”