We have pursued innovative projects from day one and continue to pursue innovative drone solutions.

UAS Innovation Pilot Program

This program is an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with companies like Aquilo to accelerate safe UAS integration. It will help the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) craft new rules that allow more complex low-altitude operations. Aquilo is one of a few private companies on the winning team led by UAF and the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) that have the privilege of helping to create the future of the entire drone industry.  Alaska is at the forefront of manned and unmanned aviation, and we are excited to be a part of growing the UAS industry throughout the state.

Artificial Intelligence

Aquilo wants to use drones to their full potential. We plan to use them to expand our ability to assess and manage the environment, including fish, wildlife, vegetation, and other natural resources across Alaska and beyond. We are currently working on solutions for processing the massive amount of data created during drone flights. Our focus is improving salmon counting. We plan to use drones for BVLOS aerial surveys of salmon throughout Alaska next summer. In the meantime, we are conducting short range flights in coordination with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to count salmon this summer. We are also working to develop algorithms that automatically count and categorize the fish data from our flights.


We have flown for a long list of clients including:

  • Alaska Biological Research, Inc.
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Alaska Department of Transportation Central Region
  • Alaska Department of Transportation Northern Region
  • Fort Knox Mine
  • Kasteler Consulting 
  • R&M Consultants
  • Senator Murkowski
  • Swift River Environmental Services (Bureau of Land Management)
  • Triplet Engineering
  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • And many others...

We don't always focus on technical projects! Our videos have also been featured in National Geographic, The Washington Post, and many local news sources. 


Our goal is to maximize drones' benefits to society. Our research strives to develop new ways of using drones for a variety of applications.