For a large insurance company or a state emergency management organization, Kallman said: “Say there’s a large weather event in the state of Georgia. We would be able to go in and say, ‘Which areas are you interested in learning more [about]? And then we essentially will bring together whatever the right tools are to accomplish the job, using satellites, using drones.”
He said high-resolution imagery can help insurance companies determine damage to customers’ roofs and estimate costs for roofing material after a hailstorm or tornado, for example.
Airbus Aerial is “the first major direct presence by Airbus,” Kallman said. Another Airbus subsidiary called Satair, is an aircraft parts management company that has offices in Peachtree City but is based in Europe.
Kallman has a degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech and worked at the Federal Aviation Administration on the integration of drones into the national airspace and at a drone software startup.
He called Atlanta “a really underrated location for new startups, new tech growth. It has a great ecosystem of large Fortune 500 companies, which will be our primary customers and partners.” He said the Atlanta airport is also “a really great thing for us” to reach Airbus headquarters and teams in Europe and to move around the country.
Kallman declined to say how many employees the business has or how large it will grow, but said Airbus Aerial’s current offices are in Ponce City Market and the company is hiring. He said the types of positions he plans to hire include drone pilots, drone vehicle engineers, software developers, geospatial data development and data analytics.
Airbus announced the creation of the new unit on Wednesday at a drone conference in Dallas.