Visionary's Take: An Engineering Journey into the Marketplace (Part 3 of 3)

Can you become a visionary or are you born one?

How does a visionary capture an opportunity and makes it a successful business?

Are engineers more qualified to solve technical problems or run companies?

SAE's "The Visionary's Take" addresses these and many other questions, by talking directly with those who have dared to tackle difficult engineering problems, and create real-life products out of their experience.

In these short episodes, Sanjiv Singh and Lyle Chamberlain, respectively CEO and Chief Engineer from Near Earth Autonomy, talk about their experience in creating a brand-new company in the UAV world.

Founded in 2011, Near Earth Autonomy brought together a group of engineers and roboticists, looking for unconventional solutions to very hard logistics problems, presenting danger to human life.

The answers were developed by pushing technology to a higher level, testing quickly and often, and keeping an open mind to alternative ways of framing engineering challenges.

Today, Near Earth Autonomy successfully offer solutions in multiple expert areas, including:

- Collision detection and avoidance

- Landing zone assessment

- GPS-denied navigation

- Relative navigation

- Motion planning

- Visual pilot aids

Here is how they made it happen.

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