The idea of the drone had great promise. For decades, sci-fi media had presented drones as the ever-capable flying robot: repairing structures, delivering packages, performing physical work. However, co-founder Linar Ismagilov noticed a large gap between what the movies promised and what existing drones were capable of. Outfitted with cameras and other recording devices, commercial drones were largely used for taking pictures and video. Linar dreamt of a drone that could interact with its environment and perform physical work like maintenance, repairs, painting, cleaning, construction, and much more. Inspired, he embarked on a journey to reinvent the drone.
The drone he created used thrust-vectoring technology to maintain stable, steady flight while in motion. This crucial feature enabled it to move with greater precision and dexterity than any other drone, enabling the possibility of executing physical work. With the help of Co-founder Nikita Illiushkin, applications of this novel drone were explored. Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) was identified as an ideal use case. Large challenges exist in the NDT industry surrounding worker safety and high-cost inspections. Using a drone would eliminate worker risk, cut downtime, and reduce costs associated with equipment rental. Thus, the Skygauge was conceived. With the help of CTO (now CEO) Maksym Korol, the drone’s engineering was refined and advanced. Together, the three founders assembled a team of highly capable engineers and set out to revolutionize the industrial inspection industry.