About Us


Co-founded in 2008 by its CEO, Dr. Nicholas Alley, Area-I is primarily focused on UAS research and development. Area-I’s technical team has a vast amount of experience (spanning 12 years and over 20 flight test programs) in a full spectrum of autonomous aircraft development activities, from conception through flight-testing of advanced GNC systems, airframes, sensor suites, flight control hardware/software, and ground station systems. Area-I personnel have been involved in the design and construction of fifteen UAS and one manned aircraft. This significant experience in unmanned aircraft design and operation is augmented by an extensive background in flight mechanics, flight simulation, and the development of tools that quickly and accurately predict the performance of aircraft.

Core Advantages

Area-I offers a unique combination of analytical and practical experience with an emphasis in unmanned aerial systems. Area-I develops low-cost flight test platforms, UAS GNC systems, and highly capable flight computing and data acquisition systems. The company maintains a shop and laboratory space that is used for electronics development, hardware-in-loop simulation and testing, and has composite fabrication and machining capabilities. Area-I’s strategic relationship with the State of Georgia has enabled research programs with Georgia universities such as the Georgia Institute of Technology and Middle Georgia College.

Markets & Customers

Area-I is actively engaged in the small UAS market and is currently involved in research programs with NASA, the US Army, ONR, and AFRL.


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Contact Us

Address 1590 N. Roberts Rd., Suite 102 Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone Phone: 678-594-5227
Fax: 678-594-5228
Email info@areai.aero