Argen Tech Building a Drone Business
Staying alive as a small company in an emerging industry is always a challenge – so organizations that have made it for 10 years or more, growing along the way, are always worth looking at. Success isn’t always a straight path, and it takes flexibility and a determination to get things done to survive. NH-based ArgenTech (AgTS) is a perfect example of building a drone business by evolving to meet customer needs.
AgTS doesn’t have the word “drone” in their name, and that’s because they didn’t begin as a drone company. Started by a group of former military personnel in 2009, the company began with an SBIR grant for working with camouflage paint on submarines. In 2011, however, the company landed a contract with Insitu to work with the ScanEagle: flying, maintaining, and acting as site leads wherever the ScanEagle was deployed. The group had the military experience in manned and unmanned aviation required: but the ScanEagle contract was the start of a focus on…