Aerial Applications, a Newtown, Pa.-based provider of drone-based mapping, has signed on as the first flex-lease tenant at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), part of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Under a new agreement to house the company’s research and development center at the MicaPlex, Aerial Applications is already looking to hire marketing and computer science engineering professionals within the next 12 months.
According to Embry-Riddle, the MicaPlex will house collaborative workspaces and a range of laboratories and business-support services for technology-focused start-ups. Named for U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, in honor of his role in supporting the university’s educational and research endeavors, the center is strategically located in central Florida’s “Convergence Zone” of innovation and discovery, says Embry-Riddle. The center is designed for incubating new technologies across 10,000 square feet of flex-lease space. It is scheduled to be completed this spring.
Aerial Applications’ teams of pilots, engineers, policy analysts and business consultants work with clients to leverage unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology. The company analyzes business processes, identifies areas of impact and provides solutions using geospatial data.
“We are delighted to be among the first class of companies chosen for the MicaPlex. It is an exciting opportunity to leverage the talent and expertise of Embry-Riddle while also creating high-value jobs in the local area,” comments Joe Sulllivan, founder and CEO of Aerial Applications. “The experience that our team has gained as students of Embry-Riddle is invaluable.”
As the first physical tenants of the MicaPlex, located adjacent to Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, Aerial Applications will join other partner tenants to foster and business creation and incubation within Florida’s research corridor, the university says.
“When we are contemplating tenants for the MicaPlex, the hiring pipeline of interested companies is of the highest priority. With Aerial Applications, we immediately recognized and appreciated that they are as committed as we are to bringing quality job opportunities to Volusia County,” says Rodney Cruise, Embry-Riddle’s senior vice president for administration and planning. “By establishing an R&D center in the MicaPlex, Aerial Applications represents a physical first as a tenant in the flex-lease space, but it is also the next step in solidifying Embry-Riddle’s Research Park as the home for future innovative and economic growth.”