Fotokite is a unique solution for versatile aerial photography.

We are building a safe, intelligent flying camera that anyone can deploy in under a minute.



The Fotokite's tether provides a safe, direct way to fly. The visible, load-bearing physical link allows clear visual accountability for bystanders and property owners.



Fotokite is built for speed, launched and operational in seconds.



To the user, flying the camera is as simple as holding a kite; framing the picture is as easy as rotating your hand-held monitor. Fast learning curve.



The Fotokite shares fundamental attributes with conventional kites and will likely be regulated as such.  In particular, the current FAA UAS roadmap explicitly excludes tethered systems from the definition of UAS.

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Sergei Lupashin



Raffaello D'Andrea



Alex Braun


Electrical Design

Karl Schwabe


Controls Engineering


Dominique Burgauer



Christopher McCall


Product Lead

Mathieu Noirot-Cosson


Embedded Engineering

Alex Jenter


Industrial Design

James Rapoport



Milan Rohrer


Industrial Design

Markus Zahner


Control Engineering



Sergei had the honor of being named a TED2014 Fellow, which gave him the opportunity to present the Fotokite as part of the TED's flagship 30th anniversary conference in Vancouver.


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Drones on Leashes Shoot Aerial Photos Without the Creepiness


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Drones are becoming more common in our skies, performing a variety of tasks, from taking photos to monitoring crops and potentially even delivering broadband.


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To better understand their aerial perspective on this flat alluvial fan, we are bringing along a “fotokite” this year. Equipped with a GoPro 3 we aim to achieve even better results than this video clip. The tethered fotokite can be towed slowly behind the moving dug-out canoes or “mekoro”, providing a unique bird’s eye view of this remote wilderness. read more

Forget cats and dogs - now you can own a pet DRONE! 'Friendly' aircraft on leash to be launched.


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Recognizing the power of drones and remote control quad-copters in gaining a new visual perspective on the world around us, Swiss-based aerial robotics engineer Sergei Lupashin has developed the Fotokite, a widely accessibly flying robot for such instances


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Not because the drone has a camera, but because I don’t always know who is behind that camera. If the drone operator were immediately identifiable, however, I would have no problem. That is exactly the issue Fotokite tries to solve.


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Aerial robotics researcher and entrepreneur Sergei Lupashin visited State Street’s Dublin offices as part of the Ted “salon” series of talks, addressing staff and participants in the NDRC Fintech programme.


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Drones on a leash may sound like some novelty gimmick — like soap on a rope — but the concept behind Fotokites is actually quite grounded.


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Das Start-up Fotokite hat eine Kamera-Flugdrohne an einer Halteleine entwickelt. Ziel ist, Hobbyfotografen und professionellen Anwendern eine Alternative zu den tendenziell gefährlichen Modellflugzeug-Anwendungen zu bieten.


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Sergei Lupashin has a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), and is currently doing post-doctoral work with the University of Zurich’s Robotics and Perception Group.


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Add a Leash to a Drone Camera, and Voila, It Feels Way Less Creepy (Video)


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