A company that designs precision motors used in Mars and Moon exploration is teaming up with an open-source drone architecture company. Maxon whose technology allows the autonomous helicopter Ingenuity and the rover Perseverance to explore Mars, announces a strategic partnership with Auterion, the company that is building an open source and software-defined future for enterprise drone fleets.
Concretely, this means that the drone industry for government and business is reshaping itself out of the shadow of DJI. And open source plays a leading role in it.
A bit of history: The drone industry has reached an inflection point, with a handful of companies, most notably DJI, dominating the industry. Due to the prevailing monopolies, it is almost impossible for a new company to innovate in this sector.
Challenge of DJI’s monopoly on the sector
But this situation is changing, largely because DJI, a Chinese company, is now persona non grata when it comes to US government applications and in many businesses. This left an opening for some sort of industry reset, and open source has emerged as a major driver of innovation and recent partnerships.
A strategic partnership between a precision engine company and a drone company that provides businesses and governments with an ecosystem of software-defined drones, payloads and third-party applications within a single, easy-to-use and based on open source standards, has considerable potential for the industry.