Ship-to-Shore delivery is a huge business – it’s necessity for shipping logistics. Singapore drone company F-Drone wants to reinvent the process to reduce the time, costs, and carbon emissions by up to 80% – with their unique delivery drone. DRONELIFE interviewed F-Drone co-founder Nicolas Ang to find out more.
In the hot Singapore start-up market, F-Drone, founded in 2019, has come a long way in a short time. “We have a vision to enable large-scale and on-demand aerial deliveries for the industrial world,” says Ang. “Specifically, we are developing a drone that can deliver 100kg over 100km to ships and offshore platforms.”
“We plan to complete the development of such a drone by the end of 2021. Right now, we have built our 3rd prototype, which we’ve named as Hyperlaunch, capable of delivering 5kg over 50km,” says Ang. “Since December 2019, we have been using an off-the-shelf drone to conduct test deliveries to vessels. In April 2020, we became the first company in Singapore to obtain an authorisation for the aviation authorities to conduct Beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone deliveries.”
Building a Solution to Solve a Billion Dollar Problem
DRONELIFE asked Ang how the idea came about – and the answer is what every investor wants to hear. F-Drones came into being as a direct response to an expensive pain point in a large market. “Yeshwanth and I met through Entrepeneur First, which is a talent investor program that helps to build deep technology startups,” Ang explained. “Both of us were very excited about the drone sector, and in particular, the possibility of helping businesses move supplies across remote locations.”
Ang is a veteran of the Singapore government as part of Singapore’s Office for Space Technology and Industry, working with foreign investors in a variety of sectors. “I have an insatiable appetite for new things, especially if they defy gravity. For instance, I was previously involved in Airbus’s Spaceplane collaboration with Singapore, and I first spoke with SpaceX about a decade ago,” says Ang. Reddy is a drone industry veteran who started India’s first drone company. In Singapore, the two found the perfect opportunity to test out a solution to a problem Ang was deeply acquainted with.
While posted in China and Australia for 6 years, Ang worked with the aerospace, energy, marine and offshore and mining sectors – all key sectors that
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