Donecle at the 2017 Paris Air Show

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Donecle will be at the 52nd International Paris Air Show from at Paris Le Bourget. We will be unveiling our latest drone inspection solution in the Paris Air Lab (Hall Concorde) all day on June 19th.

Get in touch to discover how our automated solution can help reduce downtime and increase maintenance efficiency by inspecting aircraft up to 20x faster than conventional inspection methods.

Concours national robotique 2017
Concours national robotique 2017

Donecle awarded Special Prize at Robotics Competition

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Donecle has been awarded the Special Prize of the 2nd National Robotics Competition (“Concours national de Robotique Extérieure”) organised by Onera (the French national aeronautics, space and defense research lab) and the French Ministry for Economy.

The competition was co-hosted at Le Bourget airport by the Museum of Air and Space and ADP (Aéroports de Paris) and aims at bringing into the spotlight the latest innovations in terms of robotic vehicles, navigation systems and human-robot interfaces.

The jury, composed of robotics experts, a representative of the Ministry for Economy and industry professionals and journalists, presented Donecle with the Special Prize and awarded 155,000€ to four prize recipients.

Starburst Accelerator
Starburst Accelerator

Donecle joins Starburst Accelerator

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Starburst Accelerator held its latest Selection Committee in its Paris office, inviting its corporate partners, blue-chip aerospace companies and VC funds to evaluate 9 candidate start-ups.

Donecle is honoured to have been among the start-ups selected to join Starburst and is eager to start collaborating with the Accelerator’s partners and community.

Starburst is the #1 Aerospace Accelerator in the World, providing access to the largest aerospace group stakeholders to help startups get their first $1M contract.

Corporate partners include Air France Industries, Boeing, Lufthansa Technik, Thales and United.

Founded in 2013 by François Chopard, Starburst currently has offices in Los Angeles, Munich, Paris and Singapore, and is launching a $200M venture fund to invest in aerospace startups.



Partnership with AFI-KLM E&M

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Donecle and Air France Industries – KLM Engineering & Maintenance have announced a partnership to integrate drone inspections as part of regular maintenance operations. To date, Donecle has conducted over 50 UAV flights on Air France-KLM A320-family aircraft and intensive testing will be conducted over the coming months as part of AFI-KLM E&M’s MRO Lab Adaptive Innovations program.

Our autonomous UAVs will initially be used for the inspection of regulatory stickers on the aircraft, with operational deployment scheduled for early 2017.

The announcement was made in Amsterdam during MRO Europe 2016, the largest European trade show dedicated to aircraft maintenance.

Click here to see a video of Donecle’s UAVs inspecting Air France-KLM aircraft.

Links to AFI-KLM E&M articles:

English / French


Starburst Accelerator
Starburst Accelerator

Jean-Louis Gerondeau – Zodiac Aerospace Award

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We are one of the three recipients of the 2016 Jean-Louis Gerondeau – Zodiac Aerospace Award. Matthieu Claybrough received the distinction and a prize of €20,000 from the hands of Olivier Zarrouati, CEO of Zodiac Aerospace.

The Jean-Louis Gerondeau – Zodiac Aerospace Award was created to support innovation and entrepreneurship at Ecole Polytechnique. Every year, the award is bestowed to three innovative projects which have the potential to become sustainable businesses.

Press release (in French)

Galaxie Prize

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Donecle is the proud recipient of the 2016 Galaxie award.
Alban Deruaz-Pepin received the grand prize from the hands of Nadia Pellefigue. As our team expands, the €10,000 prize will help us fuel our R&D effort. The prize recognizes innovative achievements for a safer world.

Keynote by Matthieu at EmTech France

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Matthieu discusses how UAV technology can improve aircraft safety and efficiency during the Smart Materials to Revolutionize Global Aviation session.

This is the second edition of EmTech France organized by MIT Technology Review, and will be focusing on the impact of today’s technologies on the here and now for a better society.




MRO Europe & ASD Days

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Matthieu Claybrough from Donecle will be co-presenting the “Automated Inspection by Drone” round table with James Kornberg, Engineering & Maintenance Innovation Director at ASD Days in Paris on October 12th. Join us at 3:30pm to hear more about the cooperation between a major airline and start-up.

In addition, we will also be attending MRO Europe 2016 in Amsterdam on October 19th – 20th. Feel free to get in touch to meet us on site.

Come and meet us on any of those dates to learn more about our automated UAV-inspection solution.

Donecle is an i-LAB 2016 laureate!

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Donecle is an i-LAB 2016 laureate!

Donecle has been singled out by the French Ministry for Research and BPI France (the French Public Investment Bank) as one of the most promising innovative start-ups in France.

As a laureate, we will benefit from dedicated support and public funding to develop and improve our technologies to automate and accelerate inspections of aircraft and other large structures.

More information (in French): i-LAB 2016