Changing the Future


Chris Blackford, James Harrison, Nick Rogers


The Old Vinyl Factory, Blyth Road, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 1HA

Inspecting oil rigs is a dangerous business, but one that Sky-Futures is disrupting through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones. The company’s UAVs, equipped with high-definition and thermal cameras, can help save time and cut the cost of manual checks that typically rely on shutdowns and abseiling humans. The company serves most of the major oil and gas companies, including BP, Shell and Statoil and has seen revenues grow an average of 350% annually over the last three years.

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Photographer: Ben McMahon | Words: Olivia Solon | Editor: Nate Lanxon