The New Drone Software Ecosystem

Windhover Labs builds reliable, high-quality, easily extensible software for the safe operation of autonomous drones

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Market

Built for the Complete Drone Market

Whether you're building drone avionics, developing applications, or flying commercial drones, Windhover's software is developed to safety-critical standards with the capabilities and reliability needed for autonomous, beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS) operations.

Drone Manufacturers

Drone Manufacturers

OEMs, Avionics and Sensor Package Manufacturers


A safe, extensible option for running software on your platforms. Expand upon your capabilities at a low cost with high reliability and quality.

Commercial & Government

Commercial & Government

Utilities, Agriculture, Delivery, Government Sciences and More


An autonomous platform that gives companies the ability to use drones for a variety of commercial applications such as precision agriculture, package delivery and infrastructure inspection.

Drone Service Providers

Drone Service Providers

Drone Service Providers and Application Developers


An extensible platform enabling you to invent, rigorously test, and distribute your applications to other drone service providers through the Windhover App Store.

Industry

Meeting the Needs of a Growing Industry

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market is in need of more sophisticated and reliable operating software. Software that is easily extensible by developers, meets strict safety critical standards, and reliably provides the capabilities for BVLoS operations.

 

Avionics and hardware manufacturers want to incorporate the most advanced software and accelerate the demand for their equipment. Many other industries want to use drones for commercial purposes but are slowed down by an inability to extend and adapt existing platforms to their use cases. And safety issues are a major obstacle.

 

Windhover brings extensibility and reliability together to decrease the time-to-market and mitigate the risks of integrating drones safely into low-altitude airspace.

 

We can get you where you want to be. Faster.

Let us help you get there.

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Trusted by the Best

“Windhover Labs’ efforts in improving the OS and software robustness have set a new standard for consumer and commercial drones, and Aerotenna will continue to work closely with Windhover Labs to create more end user benefits.”

Dr. Zongbo Wang — CEO, Aerotenna
Ecosystem

Integrated Flight Software Stack and Ground Control Software


Windhover Lab's ecosystem includes seven powerful software products:

Ecosystem
Airliner

Airliner

Flight Software

Extensible, safety critical autopilot built upon proven space flight software

Commander

Commander

Operations Console

Web-based, multi-user, distributed ground control system

Pyliner

Pyliner

User Applications

Scriptable flight control and mission planning with infinite extensibility

Trainer

Trainer

Simulation

Full featured simulation for software testing and operator training

Workshop

Workshop

Development Platform

Environment for creating, testing, analyzing, developing and maintaining ecosystem software

Hangar

Hangar

Online Portal

Dashboard access to the full ecosystem for collaboration and sharing

Checkride

Checkride

Software Certification

Windhover Labs software certification program

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Team

Work with an Experienced Team

We are passionate about the commercial potential of unmanned aircraft to transform the way we live, work, and play.

 

We are software developers and flight systems engineers with multiple decades of aerospace experience. We are driven to produce high-performance drone software that is easy to implement, test, deploy, and operate.

 

Windhover Labs has created a software ecosystem for drones to operate in low-altitude airspace, unleashing the creativity of people and businesses to improve lives.

Mathew Benson
Mathew Benson

Co-Founder
Chief Engineer

Mathew Benson has 13 years of experience leading the development and testing of safety-critical space flight software for the International Space Station, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, and numerous Core Flight Software projects for NASA and industry. Matt is skilled in porting existing capability to new platforms quickly and making sure it works reliably. This experience has allowed him to create a version of space flight software for drones. Matt understands what remotely operated, beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS) software needs offer the vehicle operator. He has a passion to enable the UAS industry to take on the next set of missions. These missions look more like autonomous space missions than piloting exercises.

Nate Uitenbroek
Nate Uitenbroek

Co-Founder

Nate Uitenbroek has 20 years of experience working with safety-critical embedded software on vehicles that include Boeing 767, the International Space Station, and Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Nate has authored technical specifications for onboard command handling, primary/backup flight software interaction, and data quality indication. He also led the streamlining of Orion’s flight software verification approach that resulted in significant savings without sacrificing critical aspects of the campaign. Nate brings this experience to the drone software industry to solve the hard problems associated with autonomous, BVLoS operations in a cost-constrained environment.

Luke Doman
Luke Doman

Software Engineer
Lead Test Pilot

Luke is a computer science graduate from Indiana University. He interned with Rockwell Collins and NASA, developing software used in the verification effort of commercial aircraft and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. He brings his passion for drones as well as his FAA Part 107 pilot certification to the team. Luke enjoys drone racing as well as aerial photography and is the team’s lead pilot.

Casey Nalley
Casey Nalley

Software Engineer
Drone Vehicle Manager

Casey is an electrical engineering graduate with a minor in computer science from the University of North Texas. Prior experience in aviation saw him responsible for planning aircraft avionics and electrical modifications then working to identify the best FAA certification path for aircraft upgrades. He is also a skilled programmer and hardware/software integration expert. Casey has worked in several startup environments and his attention to detail and focus on doing things right makes him a great fit as the vehicle manager for our team.

Karthik Bibireddy
Karthik Bibireddy

Software Engineer
Computer Scientist

Karthik comes to us with a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering. Karthik has spent his educational career using software to solve real problems. He’s implemented machine learning algorithms to perform engine failure analysis, robotic pathfinding, and data visualization. He also brings a high level of creativity to the team that is evident in the user interfaces he creates. Karthik brings all these skills to bear to solve real problems in the drone universe.

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