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  • 27-Oct-2016

Mothership Aeronautics


Autonomous solar powered helium dirigible for long duration aerial data collection, inspection, surveillance and videography.

Can do anything a multirotor drone can do, but for 20 times longer. Can stay in position in wind, patrol, circle or fly at up 20 miles per hour along a set of waypoints.


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Who is your customer?

There are various potential customers depending on the payload configuration of the airship, of which there will be around 4. Companies or agencies who manage, own or inspect under contract: -Energy pipelines -Powerlines, utlities -Railroads -Highways -Bridges -Companies, agencies in charge of security, surveillance or patrols of a large area or linear distance -Any company or agency wishing to advertise their logo or message on an autonomously moving aerial platform.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Among drones and RC aircraft, there is no solution that can: -Fly all day -Maneuver, climb, descend, hold position or fly straight and level at 25mpg -Provide all of its own power -Be completely safe to all humans, structures and wildlife So there are many applications of drones that this product would expand on, in addition to many new applications that have never been considered.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

-We are identifying real needs in real, billion-dollar markets -We are integrating existing, known technologies in new ways -We plan to demonstrate the capabilities in each application and can show financial and strategic benefit to each customers -We are working very quickly

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

-We will build the prototype, perform initial testing then immediately go on tour as per our detailed customer development plan. -Our tour will be focused on exploring how our technology can help various customers in a wide range of industries and verticals and taking high definition aerial footage of our product in action doing this. -I am an aerospace engineer and a pilot with experience taking products from drawing board to production at breakneck speed. -I function well leading a multidisciplinary team and we will blitz through the development of this market entry product and make a name for ourselves.