We are glad that you are interested in ELSA Industry (well, we must assume you are interested, once you are reading this).
First thing first, let us introduce ourselves. ELSA was registered in September 2020, in Bucharest, Romania (you know, somewhere in Eastern Europe, the land of vampires…). There are four cofounders: two Romanians, one Spanish and one German. Quite a mix of nationalities, right? And the best thing is that none of us is a vampire… yet.
ELSA Industry stands for Engineering for Lightweight Structures for the Aerospace Industry – just in case you were wondering what’s with this beautiful name.
So, our target industry is aerospace. And we want to develop (design, manufacture, assembly) structural components for aircraft, rockets and pretty much everything that flies. We are not interested in the regular structures, that everybody is familiar with (pff, aluminum alloys are boring), but the challenging ones: light, resilient and durable. Yes, that ones, carbon-based. We know how to make them. We have quite a background on this. For almost 5 years we have gained experience with this in EU-funded R&D projects. Realy big projects, funded with tens or hundred of millions of euros. It is true, back then, ELSA did not exist, but the team was the same.
Also, we are not satisfied with only developing the structures… these, normally, don’t fly by themselves. We are interested in the complete picture as well: developing vehicles that fly. That fly really good. And without producing any (nasty) emissions, just water vapours. Yes, yes, exactly, those kinds of vehicles, hydrogen-powered. We started with relatively simple designs and will gradually go towards more complex ones. So, first, a hydrogen-powered cargo drone. Given that we recently started looking at this, we like to name this activity Research and Development. Why is that? Well, we first do some research on the technological bricks (hydrogen storage, hydrogen fuel cells, autonomous flight, vertical to horizontal transition, etc, etc) and then we integrate these bricks into a system. This last phase is called development.
The good news is that we have already set a target for the certification of this drone (we know, certification is a pain, but we’ll easily sort it out – we are firmly convinced our drone will be safe to operate). By the end of 2025 you’ll be able to take it for a ride.
OK, that’s enough for now. We need to go back to work. This drone is not going to develop on its own. So, have a pleasant navigation on our website. We would really like to hear from you. Check out our contact page. Maybe one of the email adresses that are indicated over there really determines you to send us a message.