Airbus Takes On Atlanta
The company launches drone subsidiary Airbus Aerial, makes Atlanta the new headquarters
Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, made some exciting announcements yesterday at the 2017 AUVSI Xponential Expo in Dallas. They plan to launch their U.S. base in Atlanta, Georgia, along with their new commercial drone subsidiary, Airbus Aerial.
Airbus Aerial imagery services will target a broad range of commercial industries for various applications. Applications include agriculture, emergency management, utilities, insurance, gas, and oil, as well as both state and local governments. Operations begin with imagery services fusing drones, satellite images, and software to bring deeper insights to commercial customers
“Through Airbus Aerial, we are uniquely positioned and fully committed to advancing the commercial UAS industry. It is bringing together partners from across the industry – ranging from vehicle manufacturers, data analytics companies, service providers and others – to enable data-focused services at large scale,” said Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.
Jesse Kallman, a UAS industry expert with more than 12 years of experience, will be the lead personnel. His experience includes research at Georgia Tech, work on federal policy at the FAA, and advocacy with groups like AUVSI.
Both small and large companies occupy much of the drone and satellite industries. Airbus aims to take advantage of its existing satellite business and build its own expertise in the drone business. They plan to bring together different companies in order to provide options for drone and satellite data and images.
“Drones are only a piece of a much larger picture for us,” said Kallman. “Airbus Aerial brings together a variety of aerospace technologies – including drones and satellites – combines them in a common software infrastructure, and applies industry-specific analytics to deliver tailored solutions to our customers’ biggest challenges.”
Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
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