About Us

jDrones was founded in 2010 with a dream to change the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones. The founder & CEO, Mr. Jani Hirvinen, who has an extensive background in aviation, electronics, and IT, was one of the founding members of the DIY Drones community. When his team released the ArduCopter platorm in August 2010, it kicked the ball rolling and started the hype around UAVs. It was the first multicopter that was truly created for the private sector. Some of the first ArduCopters were ordered by NASA, and ArduCopter was soon made world famous by companies such as 3D Robotics. The design revolutionized the world of drones with its ArduPilot flight control systems and open source software, and several new UAV companies utilizing the platform were formed. After a couple of years came another great achievement by jDrones: MinimOSD. It is an on-screen display (OSD) system which makes it possible to fly a drone with flight data instruments visible on the screen. MinimOSD is now the De facto OSD system for millions of drone operators around the world. Many present day multicopter designs are entirely based on the work started by jDrones in the beginning of this decade. jDrones has several international patents related to aviation, airfoil design, and propulsion systems.

Today jDrones is an internationally recognized leader in the design and production of both fixed wing and multicopter UAVs. Mr. Hirvinen is regarded by the international UAV community as a pioneer in the development and continuous refinement of the various systems which make multi-functional UAVs invaluable tools in a broad range of uses. jDrones is one of the official manufacturers of ArduPilot and still a core developer and supporter of the DIY Drones community, but the company focuses on designing and manufacturing custom made UAVs and training operators for professional users such as private corporations and governmental / military / law enforcement agencies.  

jDrones is a founding member of:
- DIYDrones community
- ArduPilot.ORG
- Ardupilot Initiative
- DroneCode project

Facilities

jDrones has its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand with development networks around the world and a sourcing office in Hong Kong. Our main network is the ArduPilot development group which is distributed globally and reaches over 18 countries. Our headquarters in Bangkok has R&D, manufacturing, and testing facilities for the following:

- Airframe design and mechanical engineering
- Electronics and flight control systems engineering
- Generic stuctural components manufacturing
- Composites manufacturing
- Electronics manufacturing
- Electronics test lab
- RF test lab

In-house experience
- 40+ years aviation experience
- 40 years electronics
- 30 years SMD technology
- 30 years composite production
- 35+ years experience in robotics

Capabilities

- Aerodynamics simulation
- UAV hardware, software and control systems design
- CNC machining
- 3D printing
- Milling stations
- Laser cutting
- Vacuum forming
- Mold making
- Composites manufacturing
- Screen printing
- Electronics/PCB design, assembly, programming, and repair
- Electronics testing
- RF testing
- Airframe and systems integration and assembly
- And more...

Some of our customers