• A solar drone for eight-hour assignments.

    Sunbirds, a French start-up, have just finalised the development of their SB-4 Phoenix, a 6.5 lb(3kg) drone capable of carrying out eight-hour assignments. After four years of R&D, this 10 feet (3 metre) wingspan solar drone is finally operational.

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  • Space R&D standing by the bedside of environment.

    Carbon dioxyde, water and urine recycling, biodiversity monitoring using satellites, drones and solar street-lamps... In the remit of both CNES and the European Space Agency (ESA), take the opportunity to discover the companies and start-ups standing by the bedside of the enrionment.

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  • Business Showcase: Sunbirds

    Imagine that you could explore hundreds of miles, or thousands of hectares on Earth, with a light drone launchable by hand, and powered by the Sun. In one go. And for 40+ different industries. Well, this is what we achieved in Sunbirds: we believe in a world where cutting-edge technologies and ecology will match, for the good of everyone.

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  • Solar drones in Toulouse.

    As an Airbus engineer, Laurent RIVIERE had a ringside seat to follow the blast of the civilian UAV sector. Since 2010, he started designing a first prototype in a garage mode, to experiment it in his private garden. The outcome went beyond all expectances.

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  • Sunbirds: Solar drones ’Made in France’.

    While Facebook was advertising for its Aquila solar-powered drone providing Internet access worldwide, 3 young French entrepreneurs were operating a discreet launching of their 8+ hours of flight solar drone. With a first strategic market to address: agriculture.

    More details with Laurent Rivière, CEO and co-founder of Sunbirds.

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  • 8+ hours of flight for Sunbirds solar drones.

    While Facebook was advertising for its Aquila solar-powered drone providing Internet access worldwide, 3 young French entrepreneurs were operating a discreet launching of their 8+ hours of flight solar drone. With a first strategic market to address: agriculture.

    More details with Laurent Rivière, CEO and co-founder of Sunbirds.

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  • Two young French start-ups join the European Spatial Agency business center

    Sunbirds and Universal Satellite Engeneering (USE) will be coached during the next two years by the European Spatial Agency business center in France.

    A 50,000€ subsidies will be granted to these two projects, along with a 50 keuros loan.

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  • Sunbirds interviewed by ExpoProtection.

    Le français Sunbirds prêt au décollage de ses drones solaires

    A peine créée, cette start-up toulousaine vient d’accoucher d’un prototype d’aile volante pour la télésurveillance des sites industriels. Grâce à une technologie de cellules photovoltaiques à haut rendement, son planeur solaire affiche une autonomie de 8 heures.

    Read the full article on the website of ExpoProtection.

  • Sunbirds and ESC Toulouse in a French Financial newspaper.

    ’Se lancer sur un marché innovant comme celui des drones nécessite de réaliser une étude de marché. Laurent RIVIERE, entrepreneur, a choisi de faire appel à une Junior-Entreprise pour l'épauler. Retour sur les points-clés d'une telle étude de marché.’

    Read the full article on the website of the Les Echos