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Jonathan Downey


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Jonathan is the Founder and CEO of Airware. He began working on small UAS while studying electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After graduation, he joined Boeing to work on the development of the A160T Hummingbird, a fully autonomous 6,000-pound helicopter, which broke the world record for longest endurance helicopter flight. Jonathan founded Airware in 2011 due to both personal and industry frustrations with the inflexible and costly “black box” autopilots on the market. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys flying manned aircraft. He is a commercial multi-engine rated pilot with experience flying small singles up through twin turboprops.



Advances in robotics and AI have led to modern commercial drone technology, which is changing the fundamental way enterprises interact with the world. Drones bridge the physical and digital worlds. They enable companies to combine the power of scalable computing resources with pervasive, affordable sensors that can go anywhere. This creates an environment in which businesses can make quick, accurate decisions based on enormous datasets derived from the physical world.