DroneOps- a rundown of their trip to China

DroneOps has had a busy month - joining an RTC- Innovate UK - funded recce for Innovative Wind Energy businesses to export to China

Day one was hosted by Tuspark ($120bn) Beijing – now this is one impressive campus of innovation and serious investment. TusPark are also now looking to leverage their Newcastle base.

The following day we encamped for a day of networking in Qindao then caught the Bullet-train concluding the visit with a few days in Nanjing.

So what does DroneOps a Geordie micro-SME make of China?

Admittedly this tour was of the “shinier” cities but on first impressions there is a lot of money to be had in China – there is a lack of English everywhere and I was highly reliant on having a translator at the hip – the Chinese are investing heavily and their tech and the city architecture feels way ahead of the UK equivalent – even the last hotel we stayed in had an autonomous room service delivery robot.

On another positive note DroneOps has successfully gained a framework agreement with the MoD to join the Autonomous Warfare Experiment (AWE 2018) with their GPR drone that can characterize underground , such as landmines in an autonomous manner. Along with Pearson Engineering we are showcasing the North East technical skills to the world stage.

Design Network North Members DroneOps are a disruptive innovation business specialising in the commercial application of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) and robotics. DroneOps is a business offering state-of-the-art SUAS integrated applications working with clients to successfully add capabilities to achieve their ambitions.