About the company.
Enable the continuous operations of small drones through software powered infrastructure.
Cowden Technologies, Inc. is developing robotic infrastructure to enable an ecosystem of autonomous drone-based systems that can continuously interact with its environment without human supervision. The company is in development of a smart docking station for drones (U.S. Patent No. 11,440,679) to facilitate automated battery swapping / charging, uploading of high-density data, and restocking of payload by providing a computerized platform that automates a mechanically secure docking / undocking process. The company is positioning itself as a creator and supplier of autonomous infrastructure designed for automatically handling the logistical requirements of uncrewed systems in order to maximize system utilization
Cowden Technologies was founded in 2015 as an LLC with a primary focus on providing software engineering services for external clients. In 2017 the company’s founder participated in an international robotics competition (MBZIRC) as part of a Virginia Tech team that competed as finalists in Abu Dhabi; the founder’s focus being drone autonomy. The company has since transitioned to product development of autonomous robotic systems. In 2020, the company received a $75,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia for its A Smart Docking Station for Drones project and placed third place in the Gauntlet regional business competition. In 2021, the company participated in the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program (RAMP). In 2022, the company converted to a Virginia Stock Corporation, started working with the Virginia SBDC’s Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), and was awarded a U.S. patent titled Drone docking station and docking module.