Orange Aero: Innovation Unlocked by Flight Test and Safety Veterans

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Just past sunset in Puerto Rico, a tennis-court-sized balloon ascends into the stratosphere and begins its journey across the Atlantic to provide internet connectivity in underserved regions of the world for up to a year. At the same time, 11,000 miles away in Australia, a small drone hovers near a residential home and delivers a steaming hot cup of gourmet coffee to an executive preparing to depart for her daily commute to the office. Meanwhile, in Southern California, the US Navy is conducting a training simulation for an upcoming test of cutting-edge technology on a sea range, and 400 miles to the North, a tech company is preparing an eVTOL flight test for an autonomous air taxi service. These are a few examples of the innovative vehicle enterprises that ORANGE serves.



ORANGE is the color of safety and flight test. ORANGE excels in aviation/ autonomous safety, flight test, and certification support for the innovative world of modern vehicles. Founded by US Naval Test Pilots, ORANGE employs industry-leading subject matter experts with wide-ranging experience, from dynamic startups to defense operations. ORANGE is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB): 100 percent veteran owned and 100 percent veteran staffed.

What does ORANGE do? Innovative ventures, both commercial and government, leverage ORANGE to provide tailored operational safety and test solutions that are safer, faster, and less expensive than doing it themselves. In addition to lighter than air (LTA), ORANGE guides aviation and autonomous safety and flight test design efforts for sophisticated drone delivery, electric vertical takeoff and land (eVTOL), and various autonomous ventures.
The federal government relies on ORANGE to create and provide sophisticated simulations to prepare government personnel for complex, multi-platform military exercises.

Why ORANGE? ORANGE stands at the crossroads of Silicon Valley startup culture, military operational experience, and autonomous flight and vehicle tests. “ORANGE tailors safety and test programs that fit innovation: nothing is overdone or underdone—ORANGE seeks the Goldilocks solution that provides guardrails, not speedbumps, at the best value,” says founder Patrick Modlin.

ORANGE experts are hand-picked from elite military positions - the company only employs veterans with the skills to thrive in new business-culture environments.

Highlighting the unmatched impact of ORANGE’s portfolio are the numerous successful client collaborations it has ignited since its inception. In one instance, the company assisted a drone-delivery startup in developing a safety management system (SMS) in order to gain its Part 135 certification. To achieve their objective, this client had two distinct options, hire a traditional aviation safety firm and get an expensive SMS that becomes shelfware over time, or contract with ORANGE and get a usable, valuable safety tool at an affordable cost. The startup chose the latter and gained access to a deep bench of experienced aviation safety professionals and supplemental personnel to fill necessary safety positions, in addition to the intuitive SMS developed by ORANGE.
  • ORANGE tailors safety and test programs that fit innovation: nothing is overdone, or underdone—ORANGE seeks the Goldilocks solution that provides guardrails, not speedbumps, at the best value


Similarly, it has also helped minimize repeated information entry across different test program development processes through its dedicated safety test professionals. This highly competent team creates a series of design experiments that efficiently identifies the required information and writes clear executable test plans. For engagements like this, ORANGE does the heavy lifting of post-test report writing and interpreting the data.

Founder Matt Ansley wraps it up, “ORANGE has supported two million accident free flight hours and hundreds of thousands safe drone deliveries. We look forward to making the future of innovative vehicles safer than today’s commercial air travel.”
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Company
Orange Aero

Headquarters
Newbury Park, CA

Management
Patrick Modlin and Matt Ansley, Founders

Description
Founded by test pilots, ORANGE employs industry-leading subject matter experts with wide-ranging experience, from dynamic startups to defense operations. ORANGE leads in aviation/autonomous safety, flight test, certification support, and training for the innovative world of modern vehicles

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