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Robert started TerrAvion in 2013. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on TerrAvion?
I have always had a great interest in robotics. As a former U.S. Army officer, I led the first RQ-7B "Shadow" drone platoon in Afghanistan. After the Army, I consulted for Deloitte Consulting, where I organized the U.S. Navy's first Unmanned Surface Vehicle Community of Interest. One day I was talking to a friend who mentioned that agriculture could not see what was going on in the field as the only vision came from satellite data.
We even out-executed a competitor that Steve Blank was personally advising, by actually following his advice.
Satellite data has vast limitations amongst others due to the lack of data resolution and timeliness. Based on my experience, I realized that drones were not the solution either, so I looked into fixed-wing aircraft as a possibility to capture image data and making the field visible for farmers.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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