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Our Mission

To create unparalleled value for businesses by providing innovative UAV technology & relentless customer service.

 
nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.
— Victor Hugo

Our Team 

 
 

Our Story

 
Hylio at Longhorn Startup Austin TX - SXSW - 2016  Left to Right: Mike Oda, Arthur Erickson, Nikhil Dixit, Kevin Chen, Elisabeth Veerman

Hylio at Longhorn Startup Austin TX - SXSW - 2016

Left to Right: Mike Oda, Arthur Erickson, Nikhil Dixit, Kevin Chen, Elisabeth Veerman

 

It all started when three ambitious students at the University of Texas hatched a grandiose idea in their dorm room. They wanted to put the power of drone delivery into the world’s hands.

 
Hylio’s first prototype and delivery. A box of Top Ramen - Austin TX - 2015

Hylio’s first prototype and delivery. A box of Top Ramen - Austin TX - 2015

 

They sought to democratize the technology, giving it to communities and businesses of all sizes.  With that vision in mind, they set out to create a UAV from the ground-up that was optimized for parcel delivery, in every sense of the word.

 

Hylio Early Prototype Video

 

Hylio, Inc. was officially formed by the trio on January 8, 2015 and they worked for the next two years to iterate through designs and bring a revolutionary product to market.

2017:

HYLIO + GOPATO

By early 2017, the Hylio H2000 Delivery Drone was ready for action. The U.S. regulatory climate at the time was prohibiting, so Hylio formed a partnership with GoPato in Costa Rica and began conducting the world’s first, real, on-demand drone delivery services with permission from the Costa Rican Aviation Authorities.

 
 

With their partners, Hylio completed hundreds of BVLOS (beyond-line-of-sight) to paying customers’ driveways, backyards, and patios in San Jose and the surrounding urban area.

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Hylio’s success in Costa Rica spawned additional projects with partners in Ghana and Thailand, which continue today.

 
 

2018:

HYLIO + DRONE X

In Q1 of 2018, Hylio partnered with Drone X, a crop-spraying service provider located in El Salvador. Hylio drew from its wealth of UAV experience to create a leading-edge drone platform for the purpose of precise, aerial applications of liquid agrochemicals. Drone X, wielding Hylio’s technology, was able to quickly grow to become the top drone spraying service provider in El Salvador.

 
 

After farmers and landowners experienced the value of precision UAV crop spraying, demand skyrocketed in the entire Central American region. Hylio acquired Drone X which was re-branded to “Hylio S.V.” in Q4 of 2018. Hylio then began aggressively expanding their agricultural operations.

BBC NEWS: “The crop-spraying drones that go where tractors can’t”

 
Left to Right: Nick Nawratil, Carlos Mercado, Max Menendez, Manuel, Nikhil Dixit, Salvador Ramirez

Left to Right: Nick Nawratil, Carlos Mercado, Max Menendez, Manuel, Nikhil Dixit, Salvador Ramirez

Hylio + Drone X demonstrating aerial drone application to farmers.

Hylio + Drone X demonstrating aerial drone application to farmers.

 

Entering 2019, Hylio is utilizing their powerful drone-swarm technology to service landowners in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. As of now, Hylio is a leading player in both the UAV delivery and agricultural industries, and is just getting started! Service is also planned to extend to the United States.