xCraft Enterprises, a manufacturer of purpose-designed drone systems which gained fame with a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank, has announced the appointment of legendary aviation and space pioneer Burt Rutan to its Board of Directors. Rutan, a world-renowned aeronautical engineer will provide expertise in the design, prototyping and production of xCraft flying robots for commercial, industrial and defense applications.
“We are honored to welcome Mr. Rutan to the xCraft Team,” said JD Claridge, CEO and co-founder of the company. “He will be an incredible asset in advancing our autonomous flight technology and assisting to expand our product line to address specific needs of commercial customers and our U.S. government organizations. He particularly shares our vision for applying our technology to disrupt transportation as we know it.”
After accepting xCraft’s offer to serve on the Board of Directors, Mr. Rutan said: “I’m looking forward to advising xCraft’s innovative team during a period of rapid expansion in our country’s use of autonomous flight systems and in the emerging urban air mobility space.”
“My philosophy is that the best ideas come from the collaborative efforts of small, closely knit project teams in an environment unlimited by risk fears – and I will assist xCraft’s leadership to ensure we are a best-idea-factory.”
“With the addition of Burt to our board, and the November product launch of our new quad-rotor, the Maverick, xCraft is taking big steps toward realizing our longer-term objectives,” Claridge said in closing.