Boeing has invested in Robotic Skies, a services provider that connects manufacturers and operators of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with a global network of more than 170 civil aviation authority-certified repair stations. The investment builds on a previously announced collaboration with Robotic Skies, Boeing Global Services and its subsidiaries Aviall and Jeppesen around commercial UAS services.
“With safety as a cornerstone, we are shaping a robust operational ecosystem for on-demand mobility that supports the future of aircraft, air vehicles and autonomous systems,” said Brian Schettler, managing director for Boeing HorizonX Ventures.
Boeing states the investment is part of its long-term strategy of entering into value-added partnerships that enhance and accelerate growth differentiation.
“Unmanned and autonomous commercial aircraft operations are increasingly mirroring those in manned aviation, including the need for quality maintenance provided by certified technicians,” said Brad Hayden, founder and CEO of Robotic Skies. “This latest investment will allow us to continue to grow our global footprint and expand operational capabilities to support customers.”
Robotic Skies describes itself as the only global network of certified UAS maintenance centres. Founded in 2014, it has more than 170 certified repair stations across more than 40 countries, providing MRO and support services for commercial UAS.