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Behind The Rise of Drones: Episode 4: Meet Steve

Designing Drones - What Does it Take?

Levering experience and skills learned from manned aircraft to unmanned aircraft brings value to the Pegasus Team in aerospace. It’s about design and critical thinking, problem solving, and how you use technical knowledge and industry expertise to create timely new product innovations that improve relevant performance and outcomes to service unmet needs in a globally competitive aerospace sector.

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In Episode 4, Steve shares insights as to how and where he acquired his engineering experience in aerospace – from education, to training in different roles within the sector. Steve relocated across the country to work with different companies and on different projects and products – ranging from design to prototype engineering to assembly line manufacturing. 

He shares behind the scenes, plans to expand the capabilities of their existing unmanned aircraft at Pegasus, and the opportunities to enhance the range and communications drone capabilities. Improved capabilities of the unmanned aircraft will include greater range to fly longer distances, with greater communications capabilities where there are fewer or no transmission towers.

Steve plays a key role in the engineering design and technology integration strategy of their unmanned aircraft products. So yes, we still need humans to create new versions of drones that are responsive to government, industry and citizens – to serve the unmet and future needs of first responders at natural disasters sites such as wildfires and floods, and optimize the management of resources to improve outcomes for food production in agriculture, and resource management in forestry.

Stay tuned for the next Episode with Steve on “Behind the Rise of Drones”, and the potential capabilities of future Drones!

About Stephen Deck B. Eng

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Steve is the Lead Aircraft Systems Engineer of Pegasus Imagery. He brings to the team over 9 years in the Aerospace industry. Steve is highly experienced in working with customers from aircraft maintenance, planning support, including recommending key changes to support Type Certification of new aircraft, a key factor in achieving global product readiness.  His experience includes 2 years working for AVCORP Industries in B.C. as a manufacturing and quality engineer, supporting design and production to global aerospace customers including Boeing, Cessna and Lockheed Martin, and 7 years at Bombardier Aerospace, leading a team in Maintenance and Methods Engineering that directly increased the efficiency and optimization of Global 7000 aircraft for international sales. Steve graduated in 2007 from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering.

Curtis Engerdahl

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Curtis is the IT Manager for Pegasus Imagery. He brings his strong analytical and problem solving skills, leading company engagement and technical discussions with the company’s RF partner, a US-based defense and commercial leader in wireless communication technology. Under his leadership as President of NAIT’s Business Analyst Club, saw membership grow from start to over 250 students and 25 major technology companies. Curtis brings his University of Alberta Computer Sciences education, and is a graduate of NAIT IT Business Analysis (Dean’s Honor Roll 4.0 GPA).

About Cole Rosentreter CD

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Cole is the Founder and CEO of Pegasus Imagery. He attended the Silicon Valley Draper University pre-accelerator in 2018. Pegasus placed first amongst 80 companies from 22 countries, and was voted as “Most Investible” by the Bay area audience at the final pitch event. Cole’s military background and experience includes an award of the Canadian Forces’ Decoration (CD) having served after 15 years with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and the Brigade Commander’s Commendation for leadership in reshaping Canadian Army aerial resupply capability and doctrine. His military deployments have taken him to S. Afghanistan, Poland, and in training and exchanges with US airborne and special operations units, and Brazilian Special Forces.  Cole medically retired at the rank of Sergeant in June 2018.

About Pegasus Imagery

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Pegasus Imagery delivers intelligence and data solutions to the Emergency Management and Public Safety sectors. Pegasus provides cost effective solutions that bridge the capability gaps and limitations of collecting real time scalable data through use of 1) cost-prohibitive military aircraft and satellites, 2) limitations of manned aviation, and 3) emerging commercial drone services. To bridge the gap, Pegasus develops and deploys long endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, integrated with high capability sensors to provide continuous collection of actionable information, and delivers it directly using secure military-grade radio transmission in real time in-flight data for immediate analysis and decision making by first responders and emergency managers.

In disaster reconnaissance, Search, and Rescue, even in low visibility conditions that ground manned aircraft, Pegasus enables emergency management to immediately define potential hazards 24/7.
In public safety, the company goes beyond the capabilities of manned aviation to provide scale to cover growing communities – monitoring city infrastructure, public events and roadways longer and at lower costs than current solutions.
In detecting wildfires Pegasus is able to cover and monitor the vast expanses where wildfires normally begin and once detected, is able to remain overhead to provide real-time updates on fire locations where a rapid response is able to be effectively conducted – bridging the gap of static observation towers, infrequent and expensive manned aerial patrols and the reliance on public notifications (for public safety).

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