The startup of the SIGMA. Novosibirsk nanocenter launches a service to survey industrial facilities with the help of drones

23 April 2020

The AeroTech startup from the SIGMA.Novosibirsk group of companies, part of the investment network of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, provides a service to survey hard-to-reach areas of industrial facilities using protected unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The surveys will be conducted using the Elios 2 quadcopter manufactured the Swiss Flyability within the AeroTech flight fleet. This type of drone is designed for teleinspections of hard-to-reach areas of the industrial infrastructure such as tunnels and high-altitude structures and reduces inspection costs and risks to human life and health.

The inspection of industrial facilities at close range with the help of the protected UAVs is especially relevant for oil and gas, energy and construction companies to conduct non-destructive control of oil storage facilities, gas-producing platforms and tankers, an inspection of reactors of nuclear power plants, pipe systems and boilers at power plants, as well as for the survey of high-altitude structures at the construction control stage. The use of a drone allows the customer to significantly reduce the cost of large-scale equipment, save time on the preparation of inspection work, and protect people from performing dangerous tasks.

AeroTech provides a full range of services for the safe monitoring of industrial facilities: inspection of hard-to-reach areas, thermal imaging, video-fixing, 3D model construction, and processing of all the data obtained. Shortly, drones of domestic manufacturers will be involved in such diagnostics.

For external flights and collection of data on contiguous areas, the company uses specialized UAVs: Optiplane S2 of the same-name company from SIGMA.Novosibirsk, the DJI Inspire 2 quadcopter, and the Supercam S350 aircraft-type drone.


The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.

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The SYGMA.Novosibirsk nanotechnology center is one of 15 nanocenters of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, a resident of the Technopark of the Novosibirsk Academpark Academic City.

The nanocenter creates serial tech companies from idea to sale of a ready-made business. The task of the nanocenter is to create as many viable technology companies as possible in the shortest possible time, and then sell them to industry participants.

As of the end of 2017, 75+ startups in 9 technological fields were developing in the Novosibirsk nanocenter: unmanned aerial vehicles, fiber optic systems, new energy, biotechnology, modified ceramics and metals, agricultural technologies, 3d printing, functional coatings, specialized chemistry, and the Internet of Things.

Boris Galkin is Director General of the SYGMA.Novosibirsk nanocenter.

The Novosibirsk nanocenter ranked third in the III National Rating of Technoparks in Russia in 2017, which provided a rating of the effectiveness of platforms for the development of high-tech companies. 

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