AS Works is an engineering hardware startup that presently operates from the Genesis Centre. The primary focus of the business is to design and build patented, fully autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with mobile, charging docking stations for individual or swarms of its drones. Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence (AI), the ducted fan UASs each have a single moving part and can identify (in real-time) people and vehicles, including other drones.
AS Works was founded by Armin Strobel – an aerospace engineer and immigrant to Canada. He has personally designed and built drones and docking stations for AS Works, for which AS Works owns patents. These Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have been successfully built and tested, and have attracted the attention of both the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). All of this work has been conducted in St. John’s, NL, where AS Works is a client of the Genesis Centre at MUN.
Through its unique UAS implementations, AS Works is turning drone technology on its head – building drones that have no externally moving parts, and that can switch mid-flight between horizontal and vertical ‘rocket-like’ modes of flight. Beyond the drones, AS Works has designed and built novel docking stations for the drones, which are mobile/portable. The docking stations can be stationary, or they can be mounted to vehicles for increased mobility, and for having mobile situational awareness surrounding a moving vehicle.
Product details for AS Works drones can be found here.
AS Works products are enhanced by the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to enable fully autonomous, pre-programmed “push-button” missions – the drones can launch and return to docking stations by themselves. No pilots, and no human assistance required. The onboard drone AI offers capabilities for real-time 2D and 3D mapping, as well as identification of other vehicles and people.
See a demonstration of the various capabilities of AS Works products here: https://youtu.be/lVeEfTWR1HQ
These technologies have been the subject of a recent Department of National Defence project to further explore their use, and have also recently caught the attention of the Royal Canadian Navy for potential use in defence, aerospace and security applications. AS Works is also actively engaged in conversation with several large organizations in aerospace, defence and security industries, among others.
In its three years since incorporation AS Works has invested heavily in its R&D initiatives, which have resulted in the current suite of products available today. The commercialization of these products has begun and is in its early stages, while R&D investment continues for the addition of new capabilities that the A&D and security industries are asking for.
The products launched as a result of this significant R&D investment include the AS Works Sprinter drone, a Solo Dock (docking station for an individual Sprinter drone), and a Swarm Dock (docking station for up to 5 Sprinter drones). The overall UAS solution has been protected with an international patent.
AS Works is excited to be a member of NATI, and is looking forward to growing its business locally and internationally. If you believe that you can be a part of that growth, whether you want to use our products or join our team, please reach out to us at [email protected].
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