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SkySpecs, LLC

Safe, simple, and repeatable structural inspection with autonomous aerial vehicles.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Industrial/Energy
  • Location Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded March 2012
  • Employees 9
  • Website

Company Summary

Structures are inspected frequently to verify that they are safe and operational. However, existing methods can be dangerous and time consuming. SkySpecs is creating a safe, simple, and repeatable way to inspect structures using autonomous aerial vehicles. Inspectors will arrive at a job site, equip the vehicle with inspection sensors, and then deploy it to collect inspection data, all while remaining safe and comfortable on the ground.


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    Danny Ellis
    Chief Executive Officer

    Danny is an Aerospace Engineer from Portage, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in Aerospace Engineering in 2010 and is on the way to completing a dual Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Robotics and Entrepreneurship. Danny founded the Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (MAAV) team in 2009 with the intent to build quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicles. He has managed a team of over 40 members for three years. Danny has

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    Tom Brady
    Chief Financial Officer

    Tom is an Aerospace Engineer from Three Rivers, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering in 2011, and a M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering in 2012. He is a co-founder of the Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (MAAV) and has spent three years as a team lead. Tom has been involved in control system design, autonomous mapping, planning, and navigation, and computer vision on the MAAV quadrotor, effo

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    Ryan Morton
    Chief Technical Officer

    Ryan is a roboticist from Port Huron, MI and Santa Barbara, CA. In 2009, he graduated from Cal Poly, SLO in Computer Engineering and is currently a Ph.D Candidate in Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan. With internship experience at Orbital Sciences, a veteran of the USAF, and three years of custom applications development for a university IT department, he brings a solid design, implementation, trouble-shooting, and customer-foc

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    Samuel DeBruin
    Chief Operating Officer

    Sam is a computer engineer from Chevy Chase, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Michigan in Computer Engineering in 2012 and is currently in his Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan. Sam completed an internship at Northrop Grumman Corporation in the summer of 2012 where he worked in Radio Frequency Combat and Information Systems, part of NGC's Land and Self Protection Systems Division. Sam specializes in electrical system design

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    Patrick Senatore
    Chief Engineer

    Patrick Senatore is an Aerospace Engineer from Clinton Township, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan earning his Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering in 2008 and his Masters in Space Systems Engineering in 2009. He spent another year at Michigan working for the Aerospace Department in the Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Lab (A2SRL), leading a team to design XHALE, a custom flexible high altitude long endurance (HALE


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