At F-drones, we are building the world’s first transition drone to enable aerial deliveries to ships and offshore platforms.
Our unique design will have a combination of heavy payload and long-range capabilities that would put other existing delivery drones to shame. With such incredible specs, our drone can still take-off vertically, fly like a fixed-wing aircraft, and land on a moving target.
Consumer-grade drones are passe; We are building aviation-grade drones that would set high safety and reliability standards. We aim to be the leader of heavy payload drone logistics across industries in 5 years.
To enable large-scale and on-demand aerial transportation of goods, with innovative drones that can fly further with heavier loads
Nicolas was with the Singapore government for the past 10 years, bringing foreign investments into Singapore and shaping the development of various industries. Key sectors were in aerospace, energy, mining and oil & gas industries.
Nicolas has been a strong advocate of pioneering new areas. Between 2009-2013, he led the set-up of Singapore’s Office for Space Technology & Industry and helped secure S$90 million to nurture this sector. He had also worked closely with Airbus Defence & Space, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and multiple stakeholders in the spaceplane project.
Nicolas graduated from the National University of Singapore, with Hons in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautical).
Yeshwanth has designed, built and operated various types of autonomous drones over the last 6 years, including transitional drones (VTOL + Fixed Wing).
He previously co-founded AUS, India's first ever commercial drone company. AUS is now valued over US$10 million and its investors include 500 Startups, 3one4 capital and GrowX ventures. With more than 1 million hectares of land surveyed and more than 10,000 hours of drone flights, AUS now owns about 60% of India's surveying drone market.
Yeshwanth graduated from IIT Bombay with Master in Aerospace Engineering (Aerodynamics). He was also its General Secretary Academic Affairs.
Aircraft Development Engineer
Prateek has more than 4 years of experience in research, prototyping and design of autonomous drones.
He has done research on autonomous helicopters at IIT Kanpur and developed drones at AUS, India's first-ever commercial drone company. He also previously co-founded a hyper-local Indoor Hydroponics company.
Prateek graduated from Amity University with a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering.
Mr Sharples was formerly the CEO of Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia, where he had P&L responsibility for S$200 million revenues and 300 staff across 15 countries. His customers include offshore players in the region, which could also be our customers.
Previously, he was responsible for Group after-sales services, generating S$2.25 billion revenues with 1,500 staff. He has held various top management positions in Airbus commercial aircraft and was a senior military officer in the Royal Navy. Mr Sharples has extensive board level experience as Chairman and Board Director of companies in Asia and Europe.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Manager
Vanga was formerly an operational UAV pilot with the Republic of Singapore Air Force, serving as both intelligence and operations officer for 128 SQN. Previously, he was with the Singapore Armed Forces for two years as an officer cadet instructor and safety officer.
As the UAS Operations Manager, Vanga oversees all drone-related flight regulatory and operational requirements, throughout the entire cycle from conceptualisation to implementation.
Vanga is also a qualified watercraft operator and diver - including for search & recovery.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Ajay has more than 9 years of experience in marketing and communications, across automotive and government sectors. Apart from Singapore, Ajay had also developed marketing programs that led to the growth of new trends and premium products in the Indian market. He has always been fascinated with technology and robotics, a passion he has pursued in his younger days through participation in national-level competitions.
Ajay graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor in Communications and Media Management, and is currently pursuing a second Bachelor in Computer Science from Murdoch University.
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