Britbots, which invests in and promotes UK-based robotic companies, has backed Tethered Drone Systems to the tune of £300,000.
Based on the South Coast, Tethered Drone Systems (TDS) builds unmanned multi-copters that can be used for aerial surveillance and broadcasting tasks.
Most drones have limited air time and must be remotely controlled by a pilot, whereas TDS units are powered via a tether, so as to fly near-continuously.
What’s more, TDS engineers are working on building technology so that the vehicles can take-off and land by themselves. The only UK based tethered drone in commercial development, with a flight capability to 300m, will see a step change in operational activity.
The company has recently received the initial part of a £300,000 funding package from the British Robotics Seed Fund to complete the development of a fully-commercial product and build the order book.
Founder of TDS Jim Gibson said: “Pilotless tethered drones will be transformative technology not only for the security industry but also for precision agriculture, telecommunications and the emergency services plus many more applications.”
Britbots is behind the British Robotics Seed (SEIS) Fund and the equity crowdfunding platform, Britbots CROWD. Both support promising robotics-related businesses performing autonomous tasks on land, air and sea.
Founder and CEO of Britbots Dominic Keen said: “Much is written about tomorrow’s world of driverless cars, where we are to be seamlessly whisked around by an all-pervasive fleet of unmanned road vehicles. However, the complexity of the road network and the high consequences of failure suggest that the public’s first experience of self-driving objects is much more likely to happen well away from roads; and human-beings probably won’t be the cargo.
“Tethered Drone Systems is great example of an autonomous device that is ready for operation today, rather than a piece of science fiction for the future.”