Red Cat Holdings becomes the first commercial company to market a complete multi-drone system

Red Cat Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: RCAT), a hardware software provider for the drone industry, announces that it has completed research, development and production of a four-drone multi-vehicle system for the defense, government and public safety.

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“We have deliverables on hand and are now taking orders for delivery this fall,” said Red Cat Holdings CEO Jeff Thompson. “We are committed to staying at the forefront of our rapidly developing industry, which is why we are delighted to be, to the best of our knowledge, the first commercial company to bring a fully operational multi-drone system to market. ‘an important milestone for both our company and the drone industry as a whole.”

Developed by its subsidiary Teal Drones (Teal) and in close collaboration with a strategic partner Autonodyne, LLC, the multi-vehicle package will be offered in two configurations: 4-Ship and 4-Ship+. Both configurations will allow a single pilot to simultaneously control up to four of the Teal’s golden eagle units, which is the first drone mass-produced entirely in the United States under strict US Department of Defense guidelines.

The 4-Ship+ will include two additional Golden Eagle units and an additional linked controller to make it easier to transfer control from one pilot to another. The 4-Ship+ configuration allows a backup pilot to immediately take over at any time. The two additional drones also allow pilots to bring in units with fresh batteries while units with dead batteries drop off to be charged – all without interrupting the four drone flight pattern. This enables continuous 360 degree surveillance of any target and overcomes the biggest weakness of any drone: limited battery life.

“4-Ship unveils our vision for the future of drones,” commented George Matus, Founder and CEO of Teal. “This early technological inflection point will redefine the way drones are used in the defense and public safety markets, arguably increasing the value by an order of magnitude.”

The 4-Ship is a complete solution that provides operators with actionable information from multiple vehicles at the same time, including the display of four simultaneous video streams, enabling faster situational awareness and decision making in today’s complex environments. It also offers a huge saving in labor, the most expensive component of any drone operation, as four pilots are replaced by one.

“With 4-Ship, we have successfully integrated the human machine interface with an on-board autonomy engine that provides additional intelligence and monitoring capabilities from a single pilot and controller,” said Steve Jacobson , CEO of Autonodyne, LLC. “Ease of use and multitude of applications make 4-Ship a next-generation drone system.”

“4-Ship represents truly disruptive technology that will change the way intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance are approached,” added Jeff Thompson, CEO of Red Cat. “Drone applications are no longer limited to a one-pilot/one-drone situation, dramatically changing potential drone missions due to the ability of a single pilot to be able to control a team of drones. ‘significant flexibility in applications, from security to agriculture to law enforcement, as well as expected military applications, for which there is expressed interest.

For a video demonstration of the Multi-Vehicle Drone Control Platform and information from the staff of Teal and Autonodyne, LLC, please click here.

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