After successfully collaborating on the design and production of two solar-powered airships since 2016, the Solar Scout and the Terrasoar, Mothership Aeronautics and eBlimp have initiated a merger of their businesses.
eBlimp.com has been manufacturing, selling and operating radio-controlled blimps from their facility in Southern California since 2004. Past clients have included Katy Perry, the Superbowl, NHL teams, and various businesses and research groups. In September of 2016, Mothership Aeronautics engaged eBlimp to prototype the proof concept of solar-powered airship they would later name Scout.
Mothership Aeronautics is a Silicon Valley startup founded in 2019 focused on developing autonomous aerially persistent robotic systems on a platform of solar-powered airships.
The strategic merger allows eBlimp to expand and scale their products and services with the injection of Mothership’s technology and Mothership to have direct control over the manufacturing of their Terrasoar Airship at eBlimp’s blimp factory.
In line with the merger, Mothership Aeronautics shifts from a service focused model to a sales-focused model. Mothership Aeronautics CEO, Jonathan Nutzati explains the decision: “As a manufacturer, we can put Terrasoar Airships into the fleets of drone service providers, globally and across industry verticals, faster than we can scale to compete for their contracts in their fields of specialization. When we’re building a new market, it helps us all to grow faster when we cooperate and share the opportunities created by this new technology.”
eBlimp has incorporated Mothership’s solar airship technology as an upgradeable option in eBlimps of 700W and up. LED screen integrations and GPS-guided autopilot are also on the roadmap to be rolled out in 2019 across all outdoor eBlimps.