“North to the Future” has been Alaska’s state motto since 1967. The Alaska grown company Indemnis is proving that motto to still be true today. As the popularity of drones grow, restrictions as to where you can fly them and who can pilot them grow as well.
Indemnis is working with the FAA and other industry leaders to create rules and regulations while developing their own technology.
According to Indemnis cofounder and CEO Amber McDonald, it started in 2015 with a group of colleagues in search of answers.
“There were six founders — we came together from the film industry and we were operating drones,” said McDonald. “Technology fails, so occasionally [drones] were falling out the sky.”
The group tried different parachute recovery systems on the market, but none satisfied their needs. The company Indemnis was created to facilitate drone flight over people. They quickly became a global leader in drone regulation.
“The FAA has said that because there are no ways for them to currently validate systems on the market… you need to be able to prove that your system can bring it (a drone) down with the level of impact energy that is not going to hurt property or life on the ground,” explained McDonald.
A system called Nexus is currently being developed by Indemnis, which at its core, is a ballistic parachute launcher that will deploy via fall detection software. It can also deploy manually.
It’s ideas like this that have made the Alaska based company a world influencer.
“We’ve come together with industry leaders such as Amazon, DJI and the FAA themselves… and we’ve authored the rules that are enabling our industry,” said McDonald.
McDonald believes her company will provide great tools for rural Alaska, with drones helping with medical care and package delivery. One thing is certain, Indemnis has a seat at the table. And once again, the world is looking “North to the Future”.