The Drone Trainer Podcast 059 – Ryan Walsh
Welcome to episode 59 of The Drone Trainer Podcast! This week we’re going to discuss drone delivery with Ryan Walsh, CEO of Valqari based in Chicago. Check this episode out and subscribe on iTunes or Google Play so that you don’t miss this or any of the future podcast episodes!
Ryan Walsh is the CEO of Valqari, a drone delivery solution based in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan and his team have developed a drone delivery solution to solve the last mile or last meter problem. I have to admit, before speaking with Ryan today, I had been very skeptical of drone delivery as a whole. I could predict it’s success in rural environments, but the urban environment was where I predicted it would be difficult to impossible. Now after speaking with Ryan, I have a different outlook on drone delivery as a whole, and think that we’re going to be there sooner than I or many expected!
The key to Valqari’s success isn’t flying drones beyond visual line of sight, or navigating between distribution centre to the general delivery area, but rather the last few inches of delivery. Ryan and his team have developed a mailbox receiver system to “handshake” with the drone, and ensure a safe and successful delivery. Since his team isn’t spending time on the other aspects of flight, they are mastering the close proximity last few inches of drone delivery, and their solution works with both DJI and PX4 powered drones. In addition to those systems, Valqari has also developed their own drones.
So what does this mean for drone delivery? Well, I encourage you to listen to the whole episode, but just quickly he predicts that drone delivery will be a reality in 2020 or 2021. I bet that is sooner than you thought with how things have been going! If after listening you want to learn more, be sure to connect with Ryan and his team at AUVSI Xponential 2019 in Chicago later this year.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s drone podcast with Ryan Walsh of Valqari! Once you’ve had a listen, feel free to leave a comment below so that Ryan and I can hear what you think about drone delivery!
Check out Ryan’s work and follow him on social media!
- Website: Valqari
- LinkedIn: Ryan Walsh
- Twitter: @valqari (there isn’t any activity here yet…)
- Instagram: @valqari (same as above…)
- Facebook: Valqari
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