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Planck Aerosystems announces partnership with Empirical Systems Aerospace

Planck Aerosystems (Planck Aero) announced today a partnership with the aerospace manufacturer, Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero) to support Planck’s defense and commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business.

Under this agreement, ESAero will manufacture Planck Aero’s Group 1 Unmanned Aerial Systems, Shearwater, in the ESAero manufacturing plant in San Luis Obispo, California to support increasing demand across Planck’s customer base, both domestically and internationally. This effort will support Planck’s strategy to scale the company.

The Shearwater UAS is the preferred small multi-rotor platform to host the Planck Autonomous Control Engine – ACETM navigation system which enables the UAS to operate autonomously from moving vehicles and vessels, including vision-based precision landing. The Planck ACETM navigation system utilizes standard open interfaces compatible with third-party UAS and can be retrofit to almost any drone, of any size.

Planck’s CEO and Co-Founder, Josh Wells said, “Planck Aerosystems is committed to delivering the highest quality autonomous UAS to our customers across the United States and internationally. As we continue to grow, we are actively seeking partnerships to help us to fulfil the demand we see in the market.

Having a high-quality UAS that’s made in the U.S. is critical to our growth strategy, and ESAero is an ideal partner to support that growth. We’re excited to work with Andy and the ESAero team going forward.”

About Planck Aerosystems (Planck Aero)

Planck Aero designs, develops and builds drone navigation software and complete drone packages that enable autonomous operation from moving vehicles and vessels on land or at sea. Our proprietary optical guidance solution, expertly developed by the most innovative minds in unmanned flight technology, offers launch/land functionality that enables drone operation from moving vehicles. Planck provides this capability as a ready-to-fly drone or ready-to-integrate software for third-party drones.

We developed this technology because we love a challenge and we saw an opportunity. We developed it because we had the unique experience, skillset, and ability to solve this critical issue. Ultimately, we built Planck Aero to enable. We enable industry and government to enhance their capabilities and to expand their operations. We enable OEM drone partners to improve on their own offerings through the synergistic implementation of our products. We enable our customers and partners to implement and deploy a simpler, safer and more cost-effective way to go further — and to do more.

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About Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero)

Since 2003, Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero), an aerospace engineering design and manufacturing company, has served the needs of the aerospace industry through its work on military and commercial conceptual air vehicle designs, electric and hybrid propulsion system development, aircraft modifications, sub-scale technology demonstrators, rapid system prototyping, design for manufacturing, low-rate initial production, manufacturing, and engineering support. ESAero is the Prime Contractor and Integrator of the NASA X-57 “Maxwell” all-electric airplane. ESAero customers include multiple NASA Centers, AFRL, AMRDEC, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Atomics, Electricore, and AeroVironment.

With a 32,200-square foot design & manufacturing facility located in San Luis Obispo, California and an 8,000-square foot integration and test location at the Oceano County Airport (L52), ESAero has expanded
operations and takes full advantage of available airport space for system testing and product development. ESAero will continue to provide the aviation and aerospace industries with cutting-edge systems solutions and optimized manufacturing practices. ESAero is AS9100 certified.

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