Boeing has announced an investment in Robotic Skies, a services provider that connects manufacturers and operators of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with a global network of repair stations.
Boeing says the move is part of its “disciplined, long-term strategy of entering into value-added partnerships that enhance and accelerate growth and deliver key differentiators for customers.”
Boeing HorizonX Ventures led the funding round, with participation from Thayer Ventures, Sun Mountain Capital and KickStart Seed Fund. The investment builds on a previously announced collaboration among Robotic Skies, Boeing Global Services, and Boeing subsidiaries Aviall and Jeppesen to provide commercial UAS services.
“With safety as a cornerstone, we are shaping a robust operational ecosystem for on-demand mobility that supports the future of aircraft, air vehicles and autonomous systems,” comments Brian Schettler, managing director for Boeing HorizonX Ventures.
“Unmanned and autonomous commercial aircraft operations are increasingly mirroring those in manned aviation, including the need for quality maintenance provided by certified technicians,” says Brad Hayden, founder and CEO of Robotic Skies. “This latest investment will allow us to continue to grow our global footprint and expand operational capabilities to support customers.”
Robotic Skies offers turnkey field service programs for drones. Founded in 2014, the company has more than 170 certified repair stations across more than 40 countries.