On Successful Failure

Some of you may know that I have become a drone builder in the past couple of years. I worked with a friend to build Aerosensor Northwest, which was a service business intended to use data from unmanned aerial vehicles for scientific and land management purposes. I have no idea what happened to that friend; he has not communicated for months. This makes me sad, but I know I did my part to get the business to work. I don’t know if he knows that. Now I work for another drone business. They sell drone systems as a product. Making a drone systems as product is entirely different than making one as a service based deliverer of data. For one, reliability becomes paramount. For Aerosensor, I built 6 dollar airframes, knowing full well that that 10 flights was a good service life. Now I build airframes that are designed to survive for hundreds of flights at the hands of customers who may not know how to protect them from pilot error. Two different disciplines.

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