Skyborne takes off in Abu Dhabi

Skyborne is delighted to announce that we were selected in the Top 5 start-ups in the world for Krypto Lab’s Drone Innovation Start-Up Contest 2018 (DISC 2018). 

The Drone Innovation Start-Up Contest aims to recognise the top innovators from around the world who are redefining and pioneering the unmanned aerial vehicle landscape.  The application of these UAV’s span from the field of aerial photography, transportation and logistics to terrestrial mapping and law enforcement. 

Dr Michael Creagh (CEO and CTO) and Adrian Dudok (CBO and CFO) attended and Michael pitched live onstage for the grand finale held at Krypto Labs’ state-of-the-art premises in Masdar City on the 6th May.  The DISC attracted over 600 applications from 61 countries with the five finalists vying to win up to $500,000 USD in funding and mentorship. 

Skyborne had the opportunity to showcase the Cerberus GL, the tactical UAV at 6kg, to a great number of attendees consisting of industry experts, entrepreneurs and investors.   Addressing not only a gap in the tactical UAV market but also the adaptability and practical applications of the Cerberus GL that customers and investors seek. 

The top 5 was composed of a vast range of UAV start-ups, all pitching different product applications.

5th place: Internest - a French start-up designing a precision landing system utilising ultrasonic sensors.

4th place:  Inkonova – from Sweden start-up design a UAV that has wheels to either be a ground or aerial vehicle with a tilt-rotor design.

3rd place: Skyborne Technologies – lightest armed tactical UAV

2th place: Asylon – a US based start-up designing an automated battery swap station to increase UAV utilisation

1st place: Voliro – a Swiss start-up company has taken first prize with their tilt rotor UAV having the ability to carry out aerobatic manoeuvres for a variety of commercial applications. Congratulations team Voliro!

The pitch night was a phenomenal success and Skyborne had the opportunity to expand our network to include other start-ups and the Middle East, including their defence market.  

Skyborne would like to personally thank Krypto Labs' Managing Director, Dr Saleh Al Hashemi, for the opportunity provided to be part of DISC and showcase the Cerberus GL.  

The team with Krypto Labs' Managing Director, Dr Saleh Al Hashemi

The team with Krypto Labs' Managing Director, Dr Saleh Al Hashemi


Few photos of our tour in Abu Dhabi

Introducing the Cerberus GL

I am very pleased to announce the Cerberus GL prototype. At under six kilograms, the Cerberus GL is capable of performing aerial fire support missions at the squad and platoon level. Soon to be armed with a multishot electronically-fired grenade launcher, Cerberus will be able to get our soldiers out of tight spots under fire and perform numerous other roles on the battlefield with the lightest possible multiple-shot UAS platform.  

UAVs have become a mixed blessing. With organisations such as ISIS strapping grenades to commercial drones and terrorising allied soldiers and civilians alike, new challenges have presented themselves to our armed forces. The motivation behind the Cerberus GL is to address these challenges. We intend not only to exceed the capabilities of these 'terror drones' with a cost-effective platform, but to provide broader multi-role flexibility in rapid IED/mine clearing, counter-UAS operations and counter-terrorism. 

It has been an amazing year under Advance Queensland's Ignite program. We are incredibly grateful to the Queensland Government (special note to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Science Leanne Enoch and our local MP Joan Pease) for providing this opportunity to our young company. The grant program has funded two (near-identical) UAV prototypes plus spares, enabled us to put a full-time mechanical engineer on and paid for numerous business development trips around Australia, (and soon) overseas. We are under no illusions that raising capital for a hotly contested defence product is an easy undertaking and without grant programs like Ignite and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, companies like ours face an even greater struggle. 

For more information, please see our Cerberus GL page.     

More to come...

Dr Michael Creagh (CEO)