Drones have become more popular in the past few years. Where it started off as a new hobby, nowadays many companies incorporate them in their daily business, packages are delivered by drone, farms use them for crop analysis and so on. Fusion Engineering is on a mission to develop the most reliable, flexible, and easy-to-use flight controller for any type of multirotor drone.
About Fusion Engineering:
If it is up to Fusion Engineering, in the near future it will be possible to deliver your pizza at your doorstep or even maintain rotor blades of wind turbines remotely by using drones. The true challenge to be able to legitimate conduct these drone flights is to develop the right flight controller. The flight controller can be seen as the brain of every drone that is combining a motherboard, processors, and drone-specific software.
Developing the smartest flight controller will mean that you will comply with the SAIL 4 certification, allowing to legitimate perform high risk level of drone operations. ‘’While drone hardware has come a long way over the past decades, we realized that software development has been lagging. That’s why we are developing drone flight control systems from scratch. With our flight controller, drone flights will become much safer and more reliable, meaning they can be certified to fly above urban areas and be able to withstand adverse environmental conditions offshore. By focusing on meeting the new EU regulation at the highest level, we allow all types of drone applications to scale’’ according to CEO Robert Crone.
Graduate Entrepreneur is co-investing in a €700k funding round together with a consortium of angel investors. CEO Robert Crone is happy to work together with Graduate: ‘‘Thanks to Graduate, the ball started rolling in terms of fundraising, they were the first investor to commit and through them we got to know our lead investor. Furthermore, we are matched with a mentor within Graduate’s network who is exactly one year ahead with his start-up. We meet with him weekly and thanks to his young entrepreneurial experience, we get useful tips and the guidance we need in the current phase of Fusion Engineering’’
This funding round allows Fusion Engineering to complete their prototype flight controller for the commercial drone industry, validate it with selected development partners and launch it commercially. Earlier this year the protype flight controller showed some very promising performances. During a test, Fusion Engineering's flight controller proved against its nearest competitor that their Fusion Reflex control system caused seven times less disruption to the test drone's flight path from wind gusts.
About the Founders:
Mara Bos is a brilliant self-taught software engineer with early experience as an entrepreneur. She started freelance consulting at the age of 14 and was hired by Google at 21. She leads the Rust Standard Library team, which is responsible for developing the Rust programming language, and is globally recognized as a pioneer and an expert in software development. Combining the calm and confident personality of Robert Crone and being able to bring the best in people within their team, we truly believe that Fusion Engineering will disrupt the drone flight controller industry!
Fusion Engineering was founded in 2017 by TU Delft alumni Robert Crone (Aerospace Engineering) and Mara Bos (Computer Science). In their first year of existence, they won the Galileo Masters Award for its control technology and joined the well-known business incubators YES!Delft and ESA-BIC. From their experience, they would like to pass along the following to the young entrepreneur: ‘’See it as an adventure, where your first ideologies are not the final ones, create a team around you to face the challenges so you can celebrate the successes together!’’