Skyports, the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vertiport infrastructure and drone services provider, has completed the final close of its Series B capital raise with fresh investment from ST Engineering through its Corporate Venture Capital unit, ST Engineering Ventures.
The company reports in a press release “ST Engineering, which has over 45 years of experience in the aerospace industry, will join as the final investor in Skyports’ Series B funding round, following the first close in March this year. The addition of the Singapore heavyweight to Skyports’ roster of investors brings the total funding to USD $26.13 million. The heavily oversubscribed Series B round highlights confidence in Skyports’ offering and industry direction.
“ST Engineering’s investment in Skyports builds on a history of strong collaboration between the two companies in Singapore. Since early 2021, Skyports has worked closely with ST Engineering to jointly operate reservoir monitoring and inspection drone services for Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB). The collaboration brings together Skyports’ expert flight operations capabilities and ST Engineering’s drone system solution, DroNet, to implement autonomous Beyond Visual Line of Sight
“(BVLOS) flights across the city-state’s network of reservoirs. Expanding on the partnership, Skyports, ST Engineering and Sumitomo Corporation formed a consortium in early 2022 to provide unmanned aircraft services for ship-to-shore parcel delivery in Singapore.”
Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, said: “The Asian market is a critical area of growth for AAM, and one we are committed to cultivating. Investment from Kanematsu Corporation, and now ST Engineering, demonstrates that our confidence in and focus on this market is well-founded and supported by industry leaders from across the region.”
Other Series B investors the company says include Japanese conglomerate Kanematsu Corporation; global industrial property group Goodman Group; Italian airport platform 2i Aeroporti, backed by Ardian’s Infrastructure Fund and F2i Italian Infrastructure fund; and US-based Venture Capital firm GreenPoint.
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