New York City-based Drone USA Inc., a developer, manufacturer and distributor of low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related technologies, has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Empirical Systems Aerospace Inc. (ESAero).
Headquartered in San Luis Obispo, Calif., ESAero is best known for its work on the NASA SCEPTOR X-57 “Maxwell” X-Plane, a 3,000-lb. electric flight demonstrator and NASA’s first manned experimental rocket in approximately 30 years, says Drone USA.
Pursuant to the new agreement, Drone USA will share facility space in San Luis Obispo at ESAero’s planned new headquarters and collaborate with ESAero on the development, improvement and customization of the company’s UAVs.
Through the partnership, Drone USA expects to leverage ESAero’s capabilities in UAV and aerospace-related technologies to expand its own research and development efforts and manufacturing and testing operations in the U.S.
In addition, the initiative will allow Drone USA to serve North American and international markets with U.S.-made products.
“This partnership is the perfect marriage of resources between two companies with complementary attributes,” comments Andrew Gibson, president of ESAero.
Mike Bannon, Drone USA’s CEO, adds, “This infrastructure provides the company with the ability to optimize, manufacture and test our UAV products with the assurance of expediency, quality and cost-effectiveness.”