About PrecisionHawk

The need for better data and profound passion for technology lie at the core of our existence.

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The Mission Plan

PrecisionHawk is dedicated to changing the way businesses view their assets and manage resources. To extract the true commercial value of drones, we must continue to advance a multifaceted technology that includes advanced robotics, robust software, and rich data.

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Our Story

PrecisionHawk came to life in viticulture under the name “WineHawk”—our first drones chased pest birds away from vineyards. During these early missions, we learned how to collect aerial images of plants and extract crop data to support vintners’ operations.
As interest in commercial drones grew, we expanded into other parts of agriculture. From scouting crops to assessing their health, growers and researchers looked at drones as a way to collect more precise data. With our renewed focus on precision agriculture, we changed our name to “PrecisionHawk.”
Our first investment round totaled one million dollars. It was thanks in-part to Bob Young, co-founder of open source software company Red Hat. He envisioned affordable drone and data services that would serve a wide range of civilian applications. See more
We launched a cloud application that automatically processed aerial images into maps, models, analysis, and reports. Today, we call it “PrecisionMapper.” Shortly after its launch, Millennium Technology Value Partners and others participated in a Series B funding round of $10 million. It helped us grow and move our headquarters to Raleigh, North Carolina. See more
The FAA Pathfinder Program invited us to explore how drones might be flown safely in national airspace. The results of our research helped shape some of the operational practices used in the United States today. As a part of the program, we received our first commercial waiver to fly drones beyond line of sight. See more
Drone tech investments broke records, thanks in part to mammoth rounds going to hardware manufacturers. PrecisionHawk added its own round of funding. We raised $18M from DuPont, Verizon Ventures, USAA, Intel Capital, Yamaha Motor and NTT Docomo. The funding helped us expand PrecisionMapper’s capabilities and start our geospatial science team. See more
After gaining recognition for our work in agriculture and seeing early market momentum in other industries, Michael Chasen, former CEO and co-founder of Blackboard, took the helm. Under his leadership, we expanded drone products and services into energy, insurance, construction and government. See more
We closed our Series D funding round, bringing our total raised to more than $100 million. We’re using it to expand all that we do to help business, research, and governmental leaders use aerial intelligence to transform their work. It’s a part of our mission to foster the global adoption of commercial drones, ultimately making the world more sustainable, and prosperous.

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Industry & Policy Leadership

PrecisionHawk has immersed itself at the forefront of policy and technology development efforts to foster global adoption of commercial drone technology.

  • FAA Grants PrecisionHawk First Waiver to Fly Drones Beyond Line of Sight

  • NASA UTM Partner

    We partner in NASA's UTM program by discussing potential solutions for incorporating drones safely into low-altitude airspace.

  • World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer

    We were selected as one of the world's most innovative companies by the World Economic Forum.

  • FAA Pathfinder Partner

    PrecisionHawk works with the FAA to develop aircraft standards and operational procedures for extended line-of-sight to identify a pathway for safe integration of drones into the National Airspace System.

  • Small UAV Coalition Board Member

    We work collectively with other board members toward law and policy changes to allow safe integration of UAVs into national airspace.

  • Assure Commercial Advisory Board Member

    We work to support the excellent UAS research at Assure.

  • AUVSI Advocacy Committee Member

    As a AUVSI member, PrecisionHawk supports advancing, fostering, developing and promoting the use of unmanned systems and robotics technologies in different sectors.

  • Board of Unmanned Systems Canada

    Unmanned Systems Canada is a Candian-registered nonprofit association representing the interests of the unmanned vehicle systems community.

  • Privacy Best Practices

    We were part of the multi-stakeholder process that developed privacy best practices for drones operators.

Our Investors

  • Thirdpoint Ventures
  • Syngenta
  • Comcast
  • Constellation
  • Intel Capital
  • Millennium
  • Dupont
  • Verizon
  • USAA
  • NTT Docomo
  • Yamaha
  • Innovate Indiana

Our Locations

Raleigh
Toronto
London
Monte Buey
Sydney

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