Tell us a little about ActionDroneUSA and your role there.
We manufacture multi-rotor platforms specializing in fast platforms that are portable and travel easily.
How did you get started in the drone industry?
It was a hobby at first. I connected with a friend and we decided to make it a business.
What type of training (formal or otherwise) did you get?
Taught myself the things that I needed to know, and surrounded myself with people in the aerospace industry. I live in San Diego where the military drones are developed.
What resources are you using to develop your skills and knowledge?
I have my undergrad degree in Business Psychology (industrial org.) and my Master’s in Business.
Learn with small drones to give yourself the idea of orientation first.
What advice would you give to others who want to get started flying drones?
Learn with small drones to give yourself the idea of orientation first. Then you can move on from there. Be careful it – gets really expensive if you get hooked!
Share an experience of a failure you had (a crash, equipment failure, etc.) and what you learned from it.
One of my pet peeves is over-engineering. This goes for both software and hardware. We wanted to create a drone that can do it all – like follow me mode, way points, sensors, etc. We spent too much money developing something that no one really wanted to buy.
Where do you see drones and drone technology in the future?
I see drones as an entity like in the days when vehicles were introduced to this world, or when the computer age happened. We are in the infancy of commercial drones. Just like computers and cars, they will be an integral part of our society.
Just like computers and cars, they [drones] will be an integral part of our society.
Give an example of a real-world application of drone technology that you envision.
Drones don’t always have to carry cameras. One of the drone applications that I have really thought about is creating a drone that can minimize dangerous situations.
1. A high-speed car chase. Solution: Create a drone that can attach to a car and disable the engine using EMP shock waves.
2. Lifeguard problems. Solution: Automate a drone to carry lifesavers to drop on a distressed swimmer
3. Structural inspections, like on bridges. Solution: Create a drone that can help detect weakened spots on the bridge using sonar.
Is there an aspect of drones that you’re particularly interested in at the moment?
Search and rescue drones.
What was the best piece of advice ever given to you?
Don’t make them ugly.