The Dronebase API - Assign Drone Missions Directly In Your Workflow

Our portfolio company DroneBase announced another round of funding today but the more exciting thing to me is that they have built out and are scaling the operational layer for the drone industry.

From their announcement:

DroneBase recently completed over 100,000 commercial drone missions for enterprise clients across various industries such as real estate, insurance, telecommunications, construction, and media. The company has the largest, most engaged and skilled drone pilot network, having grown it 10x year over year for the past two years. Through this network, DroneBase is able to turn around a client mission in less than 48 hours anywhere in the United States, since its pilots are active in all 50 states and over 60 countries.

And you can access that network via the Dronebase API.

So if you are in the insurance, real estate, construction, media, or telecom business and need to acquire aerial imagery on a regular basis, you can connect your internal systems to Dronebase’s pilot network via this API and assign missions directly from your applications.

More and more of Dronebase’s customers and channel partners are operating this way which is driving the 10x annual growth in mission volumes I cited above.

Drones allow companies to do things less expensively or more safely (roof inspections) or do things that could not previously be done cost effectively (monitor a construction site) and missions are incredibly affordable on the Dronebase network (low hundreds of dollars) and all of this is available programmatically which drives operational efficiencies. If you think your company could benefit from working with the Dronebase Pilot Network, you can contact Dronebase here.


Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Been thinking about the intersection of personal security and Black Mirror gestalt.For example, if you are skiing (stupidly) in the backcountry by yourself and take a fall, couldn’t there be some connection between drones and emergency systems?Sorry–Black Mirror is hard to shake some times!

    1. Nicholas Osgood

      Thats interesting, like a “follow me” drone that can detect if you are in danger via AI/machine learning. Could be used for many applications (like making sure your kids get to/from school, or co-workers get to their car safely at night if they work late).

      1. awaldstein

        I haven’t given this a lot of thought but the emergency grid is an idea not a reality.

    2. jason wright

      What is Black Mirror?…i’m not asking a duck.

        1. jason wright

          ah, telly. got it.Edit;MSM scaring the masses…as usual.

    3. jason wright

      this may seem like a ridiculous question, but do skiers ever where parachutes? Two weeks ago two British skiers were killed at Chamonix while skiing off piste. They went over the edge of a precipice and plunged several hundred metres. I know skiers do sometimes where airbag tech for avalanches.

      1. awaldstein

        dunno. certainly not I.

      2. JLM

        .As a former parachutist I would suspect that the distance is insufficient to deploy a parachute. In the military, we used to jump at about 1,000-1,200 ft from a static line deployed chute. In combat, that would be 800′ to keep the bad guys from shooting you on the way down.A static line is anchored to the plane and pulls your chute out as you exit the plane at about 120 knots. If you main is messed up for any reason, you deploy your reserve after first popping your main free.We used to be told that you had to deploy your reserve at 500′ to have a chance.I never had to deploy a reserve, but I saw it done and the reserve was always smaller and not as good. Everybody I ever saw use a reserve got banged up.I would imagine that if you went over the edge, you would freeze and it would be hard to get that chute deployed. Plus, you would likely bounce down the face of the cliff.There are small, single engine planes which use a parachute to save themselves. One of them is the Cirrus.

    4. JLM

      .If you are skiing off piste or backcountry, you should be carrying a PLB (personal locator beacon) which you can register with the NOAA locally and the local ski patrol if any part of the area is Federal land.It has been some years since I did this, but the PLB will signal that something has happened. It is intended to be avalanche protection but it is also accident protection.Most modern PLBs have a GPS connected and a ski patrol person can come right to you. If you are “out of bounds” and they have to rescue you, you may have to pay the costs. There used to be insurance you could buy for this, but I am out of date on the info.The bigger point is you should never, ever, ever be skiing in that country alone.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. LE

        If you are “out of bounds” and they have to rescue you, you may have to pay the costs.And you 100% should have to pay the costs. Just like those people that are being rescued by a military chopper on that mountain they were climbing. Putting the chopper pilots at risk. This is a personal peeve of mine. Government won’t pay for all of your health care but they will rescue youat no cost when you do something stupid. If you boat and need a tow you pay for it (or you get insurance for the towing in advance).When I was boating I used to carry two radios and always was super careful about checking the weather forecast. And making sure everyone had a life jacket and they were briefed in advance as far as what to do in an emergency. And also please shut up when I am trying to dock I didn’t want any distractions. Everyone had to be quiet.Back before I had my own boat my ex father in law (Mr. Slipshod let’s call him) asked me to get out of the small 22 foot boat and help get if off the sandbar. So I hopped out and promptly cut my foot on a rusty piece of metal. That night there was an ER doctor at dinner (medical student I think) and she said ‘oh you’ll live no problem you are fine’. It didn’t get better so I went in and found out I needed high powered antibiotics and almost ended up on an IV. Anyway all because of my stupid fucking ex father in law (I will say that full blow) who didn’t tell me to put on any protective shoes. So when I started to boat (among other reasons because it’s the way I am) I am much more careful and protective.)). Mr. Slipshod never sweated the details. Made money that way actually.

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  2. Token Bubbles

    Just amazing

  3. jason wright

    is there much churn in pilots and enterprise clients?

  4. Francesco Barbera

    So cool

  5. apebeast

    Such a huge supporter of drones as a service! This is amazing work. Props to the team at dronebase ­čÖé

  6. mplsvbhvr

    That’s some amazing growth – congrats