Robert founded TerrAvion in 2013. His professional mission is to make robotics work for agriculture.
Robert led the first drone platoon in Afghanistan, where he realized that drones are not a scalable, cost-effective solution.
Amariah joined TerrAvion in 2013 as the first employee. He currently focuses on makng our product better each day.
Stephen joined TerrAvion in 2016. His focal point is on our flight operations and engineering.
Nathan joined TerrAvion in 2018. He is in charge of finance and HR.
Lee joined TerrAvion in 2019. He is spearheading the commercial operation. Lee has many years of commercial experience including in agricultural satellite imagery when he realized that higher resolution imagery is needed to do precision agronomy.
TerrAvion is an image delivery service. Our core service is called OverView, which delivers subscription imagery, overnight, throughout the growing season. This allows growers to have a literal up-to-date picture of all of their fields as well as synthetic maps and analysis.
Our service works by TerrAvion contracting with flight providers, flying small planes, to fly a sensor that TerrAvion designs and integrates. TerrAvion plans and monitors the routes to ensure quality delivery. Our company’s technology is mostly around how to manage and process millions of acres a day, overnight, at very low cost. We deliver our service first and foremost through our API (application programming interface–an end point for computers to talk to each other). Our own web and mobile software, as well as partner software, call this API to deliver maps and images to the client.
We view our job as abstracting away all the complexity and delivering maps that are ready to use so that growers can spend more time applying their expertise, more powerfully, and over a larger area.
First, imagery is really, really powerful for people doing operations outdoors. It changes the way organizations work and lets leaders make their teams much more effective.
Second, anyone who can make use of imagery, is busy enough that they would be a fool to collect their own, especially with drones which are a pain to operate.
Finally, that what makes imagery really usefulisn’t so much the image itself, but everything that goes around it like price, speed of delivery, frequency of repetition, and who else can see the image.
TerrAvion has become a truly interdisciplinary team since we have been founded. We run the gamut from scientists and engineers, to operations professionals and agriculture specialists. Our goal is deliver imagery that makes agriculture better.