Behind the scenes of Emqopter


The Company...
Emqopter is an innovative high-tech company headquartered in Würzburg, Germany. By developing and building flying robots and their components as autonomous solutions for civilian applications, we have established a leading role in the market for drone technology.

How it all started...
Emqopter's history began in 2010, when Dr. Nils Gageik was the first research assistant at Germany's only Chair of Aerospace Information Technology at the University of Würzburg. There, he has been in charge of the subject area of flight robotics from the very beginning. His tasks include initiating the aerospace laboratory course and managing the AQopterl8 project, in which he is also working on his doctorate. This involves the development of an autonomous quadrocopter for indoor exploration. As part of this work, a development environment is being created that enables safe work with multicopters in the workplace. In addition, various sensor modules for obstacle detection, collision avoidance and active distance control in real time on board of a multicopter are being developed. In 2015, Nils Gageik then successfully completes his doctorate with summa cum laude. His work not only earned him numerous doctoral prizes, but also a great deal of interest from drone technology users in industry and research.

The next logical step for him is to found the Emqopter GmbH. In 2016, Emqopter is founded as part of an Exist grant. The first products are the teaching and development platform, Quadrotor Control System (QCS) and the Collision Avoidance Assistance (CAA). In addition, the company offers drone solutions based on the modular principle.

Meanwhile, the technology company consists of more than 20 employees with a wide range of know-how: Among others, experienced hardware and software developers, marketing and sales staff, several working students as well as students who write their theses at Emqopter.

And technologically, too, a lot has happened in that time. Not only have we continuously improved our original products in close consultation with our customers, but we have also developed the Quanipulator, a drone with a mechanical gripper arm, and the first fully autonomous Delivery Drone to be operated regularly in urban airspace in Germany. One result of this work is also the "Intelligent Landing Spot Detection System," the first patented invention from Emqopter. In addition, four technologies are currently in the patent application process. Meanwhile, five research projects are already generating the next innovative concepts and ideas for the autonomous unmanned aerial systems of tomorrow: among them, the "Intelligent Drone Mailbox," a universal infrastructure that enables the smooth integration of drones of all kinds into existing infrastructures.

Our innovative drone technology already enables efficient and safe use in various areas. For example, time-critical medical supplies such as blood samples, laboratory tests and medicines are transported with the help of our Delivery Drone. But that's not all: our vision is to smoothly integrate drone technologies into everyday life in civilian applications in order to create added value for society. This common goal drives us every day.

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