Pyka is an autonomous electric airplane startup aiming to make agricultural chemical application fast, precise, and easy – even over challenging terrain.
Pyka aircraft use less power than an electric car, and have very few moving parts, giving them the versatility of aerial application at a competitive price point.
Pyka was founded in 2017 by Michael Norcia, Chuma Ogunwole, Kyle Moore and Nathan White. The company is headquartered in Oakland, California.
Pyka is taking on the largely human-powered spray business with an autonomous winged craft and, crucially, regulatory approval.
Pyka's autonomous flight controller keeps the operator safely on the ground, while their airplanes fly close to the surface - avoiding obstacles as they go. Pyka's aircraft combine a large swath with a tight turning radius, allowing them to churn through both broad acreage and small plots alike. Pyka aircraft use less power than an electric car, and have very few moving parts.
Pyka's aircraft are powered by redundant, swappable lithium polymer battery packs, designed. Pyka's sensorless Brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller meets the high power demands of electric propulsion while remaining small and lightweight for efficient flight.
Pyka is backed by Prime Movers Lab, Y Combinator, Greycroft, Data Collective and Bold Capital Partners. The company raised $11M in a Seed round on Dec 24, 2019. This new brings Pyka's total funding to $14.1M to date.