Mainblades Inspections is a start-up company based in The Hague, focusing on developing automated inspections of airplanes by drones. We are building a new tool for complete automation of the inspection process; from autonomous flight all the way through damage detection and assessment of visual data and reporting. Our automated drone ensures a more rapid and effective inspection on any location, allowing you to keep your airplanes off the ground!
As an experienced software engineer and technical lead for different robotic systems I can execute the vision for the product we want to develop as Mainblades Inspections. We are convinced that the aviation industry is eager for such an innovation, with our goal to achieve a product which is an intelligent as well as a complementary tool for the experienced aviation engineers.
The idea of performing airplane inspections with drones has occupied our team since 2015. We have maintained a high persistence to communicate our vision to the right people with a sound plan. We are looking to verify our technological approach in the actual application, and simultaneously formulate the right foundations for a high potential business. I am convinced we are on the right track.
I have pioneered the thought that the aviation maintenance industry can greatly benefit from drone technology. Enthusiasm bore fruits, resulting in the current composition of the team and partners. Coupled with advanced technologies we are developing, the deployment of our drones for inspection purposes is the first in a series of steps which will revolutionize the aviation sector.
Graduate Intern Imaging & AI. Big Robotics, AI and Aviation nerd, born in Germany with German and Indonesian roots. I studied Aerospace Engineering and Systems and Control at the TU Delft. At Mainblades, my task is the detection of damages on the aircraft images. As part of my graduation research, I am also investigating methods that deal with limited available training data for machine learning models.
As a BioMechanical Design student with a specialization in BioRobotics, I got interested in the control of autonomous robots. Currently, I am working on my Master Thesis which aims at creating an accurate model of the drone and designing a position controller that can account for the uncertainty in the localization of the drone during flight.
My specialization is robot perception and sensor estimation algorithms. It is very exciting to make the complex problem of self localization in dynamic environments like airports into a robust product. I have a background as technical software developer in the mining and aviation industry, but nothing beats working with a passionate small team on a high tech, innovative product.
Sjoerd is a passionate and talented electrical engineer. He is responsible for the design, manufacturing and testing of our product’s embedded electronic components. The PCB’s are essential for the power, communications and functioning of the ISAAC module.
After graduating Systems and Control at the TU Delft, I joined the Mainblades navigation team to contribute to the ambitious, innovative vision of autonomous aircraft inspections. With a theoretical background in motion planning and autonomous navigation for a swarm of aerial vehicles, my current challenge is to provide consistent, safe autotonomous flight for a physical drone.
Having a background in vehicle automation and a personal passion for aviation, I joined Mainblades with the goal of developing an innovative, autonomous and safe product from an early stage all the way to its delivery. My main competencies lie within the fields of mathematical algorithms and embedded systems.
When designing an application, the end-user is the one who will have the final say on the “does this work?” question. My job is to make sure our users will be satisfied with every aspect of the experience we offer, from interaction design to our brand’s presence. I’m a third year student of UX Design at De Haagse Hogeschool with ample freelancing experience, now working part-time at Mainblades.
With a background in Aerospace Engineering and currently specializing in Signal Processing Systems, I am really interested in the autonomous application of drones. During my master internship at Mainblades, I aim to bridge the gap between the navigation & sensing systems and computer vision algorithm by determining the real-world dimension and location of the detected damages.
I like to describe myself as a rational creative. I love to tackle down complex problems and find innovative and effective solutions. Sociable and open-minded, I work greatly in team with no fear of taking the lead when needed. Analytical thinking, curiosity and passion are the fuel of my hard work.
To combine my love and interest for robotics I wish to apply AI Algorithms on autonomous robotic systems for both Industrial and Commercial applications. Currently an intern in Mainblades to implement machine learning algorithms to improve positional data of the robot.
Frank is responsible for the design, production, development and hardware configurations of Mainblades’ add-to-drone hardware modules, such as ISAAC and ISAAC-lite. With his experience at the TU Delft dream teams, and the knowledge he’s gaining at his Master study in High-tech engineering – he is a great addition to the team!