Transition Robotics from US, both a Kitemill partner and owner
In October 2015, three employees from Transition Robotics participated during Kitemill its test period at Lista Airport. The company develops similar technology as Kitemill. They are a good collaborating company and now also one of the smaller owners of Kitemill.
A company from the USA to Lista: In the end of October 2015 the three founders of Transition Robotics Inc from Santa Cruz, joined one week with common testing of equipment together with the Kitemill team. In this picture Christoffer A. Forrette, Jeffrey K. Gibboney and Pranay Sinha work with one of Kitemill its kites.
- It has been an exciting, creative and very good week here in Norway! We have a lot to learn. At the same time we believe we can strengthen Kitemill with our competencies. Together we develop good and unique systems, says Christoffer A. Forrette in the company Transition Robotics Inc.
From Santa Cruz, South of San Fransisco
The company its headquarters are in Santa Cruz, South of San Fransisco. It was founded in 2011 to deliver unmanned aerial vehicles with a record effectivity and potential. Transition Robotics delivers a wide spectrum of applicable areas, including aerial pictures, remote measurements, inspection and researches.
Today we are happy to have launched JumpShip, a new type of product taking care of growing need for an effective and secure system that is capable to operation with limited take-off and landing area.
In addition, the companies designs, does prototyping, testing and production projects for, and in collaboration with, research institutions, universities and industrial customers.
The three founders of the company
The three that worked together with Kitemill its team at the end of October were Christopher A. Forrette, Jeffrey K. Gibboney and Pranay Sinha. They were the three that established Transition Robotics Inc in 2011. In similarity with Kitemills its team – the members have a long experience and background in airborne energy and aviation in general. Chris grew up with model aircrafts and studied Aeronautical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was co-founder of Transition Robotics Inc in 2011 and heads the prototyping and flight testing. Jeffrey K. Gibboney took a bachelor degree in Informatics from Pomona College in 2002. He worked for Apple Computer Inc during five years. In 2010 he got his MSME from San Jose State University with emphasis on Mechatronics and Design. From 2008 until 2011 he worked as a mechanical engineer at Joby Energy Inc and as a Ground Station Lead Engineer at Makani Power Inc under the companies collaborating phase. In 2011 he was co-founder of Transition Robotics where he functions as the mechanical and manufacturing engineer. Pranay Sinha got an S.B. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2009 and a MSE from the University in Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2010. He has worked with several projects that range from the design of aerial vehicles towards compressors and underwater ROVs. After being an aerodynamical engineer at Joby Energy Inc and a Lead Engineer for Aerodynamics at Makani Power Inc, in 2010 and 2011, Pranay co-founded Transition Robotics In in 2011.