In June, the first drone airport DroneDock by StrixDrone came off the production line in Dayton, Ohio. The Israel-based business established a presence in Ohio a year ago with the goal of taking advantage of the area’s expanding manufacturing and technological sectors. This first batch of drone docks demonstrates StrixDrones’ dedication to conducting business in the US and to advancing its uncrewed systems expertise for commercial clients. They were designed to enable Spright to extend its drone-based healthcare delivery missions.
Niv Aharoni, the creator and CEO of StrixDrones, told Commercial UAV News that “for me, people make business.” In Ohio, we were able to assemble a team of excellent employees and find a large facility in a convenient setting. Choosing Dayton as the location for our US operation and product production was the appropriate choice.
In Ohio’s Montgomery County, StrixDrones opened a manufacturing plant the previous year and hired two highly qualified assembly line technicians as full-time workers. To develop the docking stations, they also entered into subcontracts with regional material suppliers like RAM Precision Industries and NCT Technologies Group. These agreements assisted the business in building the infrastructure necessary to satisfy DroneDock demand on a worldwide scale.
Today, Spright receives its first order of docking stations, demonstrating how hard effort pays off. Aharoni stated, “We created two docking mechanisms for Spright, the Drone Drop and the Strix 2100. “During the day, Spright will employ the Drone Drop technology to transport blood and other vital medical products and supplies quickly. The Strix 2100 will house the drone or the eVTOL at night.
Drones can land safely and securely with the Strix 2100. Without a manual operator present, drones may recharge, download data, and get ready for next missions once within the unit. A wide range of drone models, including eVTOL, may be accommodated by the Strix 2100 station, which also provides specialized software that permits effective charging, internal climate management, and a telemetric weather system to help with flight planning. There is also an alarm system to notify bad weather and system faults.
According to Aharoni, the Strix 2100’s capacity to coordinate operations across numerous units and adapt to changing circumstances makes it the best choice for a range of commercial missions. Due to the fact that it doesn’t depend on just one unit, he compared his system to a “family.” You can easily use a drone from a different station to finish a mission if a drone is sleeping within one station. You can even choose a better drone from another station if the one you have isn’t the best for the job. A drone fleet’s productivity and efficiency are increased by the network of stations.
Another crucial component of StrixDrones’ drone airport systems is its capacity to run autonomously. The autonomous features of StrixDrones’ docks, created through collaboration with military clients, enable drones to return to the station, get new mission information, and launch themselves—all without human supervision.
The requirement for autonomy is the same whether it is a civilian or military assignment, according to Aharoni. “With our system, we have fully attained autonomy, and we can eliminate the demand for a human being 24/7.”
Aharoni is pleased with the strides StrixDrones have made in the past year and optimistic about the future. Everything in Dayton is functioning, so we are moving forward, he declared. The expansion of our current manufacturing plant and the hiring of more local team members are among our objectives for the upcoming year.