Start-up Profile: CyPhy Works Builds Tethered Drones for Soldiers, First Responders

The company’s drone-on-a-string provides an extra pair of eyes in tight spots

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Start-up Profile: CyPhy Works Builds Tethered Drones for Soldiers, First Responders
Drone on a String: CyPhy’s tactical drones can fly for long durations by using a tether to provide communications and power to the vehicle.
Photo: CyPhy Works

Combat and emergency response involves split-second decisions. The decisions could be better informed if soldiers or first responders could get a look inside buildings or over ridges before venturing forward. To give them that capability, start-up CyPhy Works is making tethered aerial drones that can fly for hours and stream high-quality video.

CyPhy Works

Founded: 2008

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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