Terra Drone Corporation , the world’s leading provider of industrial drone solutions, has acquired a stake in Slovenia-based C-Astral Aerospace, which specializes in the manufacturing and services of fixed-wing small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with a specific focus on high-productivity and high-endurance surveying, security, and remote sensing.
Explaining the reason behind the investment, Toru Tokushige, CEO of Terra Drone, said, “As a global company looking to expand our portfolio, we have had discussions with many drone developers. But, we were especially impressed with the advanced technology, mission flexibility, and the full spectrum of solutions offered by C-Astral. I am sure C-Astral’s UAS will be coveted by various markets all over the world and Terra Drone’s global network will help them rapidly increase their sales volume.”
Nejc Trost, Co-founder of C-Astral Aerospace said, “Over the past 11 years, C-Astral has successfully focused on the technological development of advanced long-endurance electric small unmanned aerial systems. Now, we are looking forward to collaborating within the Terra Group to strengthen our global sales and support network. We are also excited about the synergistic effects of systems utilization from within the group to further our R&D and adapt to the most demanding market opportunities.”
With more than 20 group companies already in its network, Terra Drone is always on a lookout to collaborate with cutting-edge drone technology companies.
About Terra Drone Corporation
Terra Drone Corporation is the world’s leading provider of industrial drone solutions established in 2016. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, with 20 branches globally throughout APAC, the European Union, and South America. Terra Drone provides innovative drone technologies empowered with LiDAR and photogrammetric surveying methods for construction, electricity, energy, and oil and gas sectors. Terra Drone specializes in high-performance hardware, cutting-edge software, drone services, and drone traffic management systems (UTM).
Terra Drone conducted its maiden global summit attended by the top executives of Terra Drone group companies from over 20 countries in early March.
■ About C-Astral Aerospace
C-Astral is an aerospace solutions provider based in Ajdovscina, Slovenia, the “hub” of advanced aerospace development and integration in Central Europe. The company is a global market leader with an established reputation in the specialized, fixed-wing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) manufacturing and services field, with a specific focus on high productivity, endurance, surveying, and remote sensing. C-Astral’s customer base is diversified between the commercial UAS operators, larger institutional networks, scientific users as well as government entities. Currently, C-Astral systems are flying with six sovereign entities on force protection, border protection, fire control and surveillance operations on four continents and more than 100 commercial and scientific operators globally. C-Astral established a multidisciplinary software and hardware laboratory for aerodynamics and systems integration work and a facility for composite materials manufacturing and modeling. The founders of C-Astral have been active in aerospace since 1999 and have been pioneering UAS integrated solutions ahead of the market curve. C-Astral systems are now flying over all continents, including extreme environments such as high altitude open-pit mines, deserts, mountains, Antarctica, over the Arctic and global agricultural lands.