French aircraft drone inspection firm Donecle raises $6 million
French automated aircraft inspection specialist Donecle has moved to strengthen its position in an activity it was among the first drone startups to pioneer with its recently completed second round of fund raising that attracted €5.6 million ($5.9 million), and a leading industrial backer in Dutch paint giant AkzoNobel.
Donecle announced the closing of the financing drive – only its second after an initial $1.3 million campaign way back in 2016. Since that time, the Toulouse-based firm has grown its drone-based method of aircraft inspection both organically and externally, including its 2022 acquisition of fellow French startup Dronétix Technologie and its specialized 3D mapping tech of planes.
Though hardly alone in developing drones and adapted analytic systems to quickly and accurately conduct civil and military aircraft inspections, Donecle has earned a reputation as one of the faster-moving and innovating startups in the…