June 5, 2019: Boeing has made an investment in Robotic Skies, a services provider that connects manufacturers and operators of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

With a global network of more than 170 civil aviation authority-certified repair stations, Robotic Skies is the only global network of certified UAS maintenance centres. The startup manages maintenance, inspection and alteration services for global manufacturers and operators of commercial UAS.

Boeing HorizonX Ventures led this funding round with participation from Thayer Ventures, Sun Mountain Capital and KickStart Seed Fund. The investment builds on a previously-announced collaboration with Robotic Skies, Boeing Global Services and its subsidiaries Aviall and Jeppesen to provide enhanced commercial UAS services.

"With safety as a cornerstone, we are shaping a robust operational ecosystem for on-demand mobility that supports the future of aircraft, air vehicles and autonomous systems," said Brian Schettler, managing director for Boeing HorizonX Ventures.

"Unmanned and autonomous commercial aircraft operations are increasingly mirroring those in manned aviation, including the need for quality maintenance provided by certified technicians. This latest investment will allow us to continue to grow our global footprint and expand operational capabilities to support customers," said Brad Hayden, founder and CEO of Robotic Skies.

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