Dropcopter


Aerial Solutions for Agriculture

Our Services

Dropcopter’s mission is automated pollination of orchard crops via unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); farming efficiency, the promotion of new technologies, and healthy crop yield growth. In early 2015, Dropcopter completed its patent pending prototype and conducted the first ever UAS pollination of orchards crops in the world. Dropcopter aims to spread pollen and granular beneficials in the United States, South America, and Australia by 2016.

 


 

AERIEL POLLINATION

Dropcopter is partnered with the US helicopter manufacturer Pulse Aerospace, using their industry grade Vapor55 helicopter to carry our patent pending "Worker-Bee" pollinator. Our methods guarantee growers crops are pollinated, ignoring environmental factors such as wind and cold that would prevent honeybee activity.

DRY MATERIALS CROP DUSTING

Our 2015 - 2017 trials have shown a dramatic crop set increase of 10% nut set in almonds, scalable across large areas.

AERIAL IMAGING FOR PLANT HEALTH

Dropcopter commenced fully autonomous operations in 2017. Our methods deliver value to growers, as well as relieving stress from the ecosystem.

Our Team

We are a team with diverse backgrounds in agriculture, robotics, and entrepreneurship.


Matt Koball


Matt Koball received a B.S. degree in Electronics and moved to the Bay Area to work as a Manufacturing Engineer on the B1 Spirit. Matt moved to Santa Barbara in 1987 as a Program Manager for Titan IV Space Launch Vehicles, helping design guidance systems while earning an MBA. Starting a business providing Farm Labor Contracting and custom orchard management, Matt later transitioned to Plant Management and Grower Relations for a national food manufacturer. Matt and his wife Ann currently live on 40 acres of olive orchard in Northern California.

Adam Fine


Adam Fine began work in the San Francisco restaurant industry at the age of 14. As a full time line cook he spent 8 years working in some of the finest kitchens on the west coast. In 2011, Adam was paralyzed in a motorcycling accident with an SUV, and now works as an entrepreneur, lending his expertise to food service professionals. Adam is the original founder of Dropcopter. After recognizing the explosive potential of the UAS market, Adam self funded a drone delivery service. That Company is now Dropcopter.In his spare time Adam volunteers as a moderator of The Bay Area Riders Forum. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, he is dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured riders.

Paul Gadd


Paul Gadd is a general building contractor in Northern California and has held a class B license with California State License Board since 1994.. Growing up on a farm, and working with experienced craftsmen, he learned the precision, persistence and trouble solving skills necessary to provide high quality and value. His portfolio contains knowledge of multiple trades; building everything from custom homes to commercial buildings.

Paul currently holds a Remote Pilot certificate from the FAA, and has also worked in the Airshow industry both domestically and internationally. He has held an advanced rating with United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, has been a competition radio control pilot with Academy of Model Aeronautics. Paul is a bit of a car nut, racing with the Sports Car Club of America, coaching new and aspiring drivers and drives pace car with Sportscar Vintage Racing Association and the Classic Sports Racing Group.

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