We're building autonomous planes to make agricultural chemical application safe, fast, and precise – even over challenging terrain.

Pyka Autonomous Airplane

Our Planes

Safe

Our autonomous flight controller keeps the pilot safely on the ground, while our airplanes fly close to the surface – a type of flying that is normally very dangerous.

Fast

Our airplanes can cruise over hills and other terrain spraying at over 70mph – bringing fast application to areas that typically have to be hand-sprayed.

Low Drift

With their onboard sensors, our airplanes can fly precise paths while spraying at exactly the right times, allowing us to compensate for wind and minimize drift. This uses less chemical per acre while decreasing accidental exposure.

Affordable

Our autonomous technology enables extremely fast and affordable application – letting even smaller farms benefit from aerial application.

Founding Team

Michael Norcia

Michael Norcia

CEO & Mechanical Design

Chuma Ogunwole

Chuma Ogunwole

Business & Operations

Nathan White

Nathan White

Software & Controls

Kyle Moore

Kyle Moore

Firmware & Avionics

We're Hiring!

Full-Time Electrical Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Select, integrate, and test various propulsion system subsystems including li-ion BMS, DC-DC converters, and current measurement systems.
  • Develop electrical subsystems (redundant power supplies, safety interlocks, monitoring systems).
  • Oversee contracted development of specialized subsystems (e.g., high power BLDC motor controllers).
  • Help develop the aircraft's wiring harness with a particular focus on robustness and repeatability of manufacturing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience integrating and debugging large electrical systems with mixed high power actuators and low power, noise-sensitive sensors (e.g., electric vehicles, industrial robots, etc.)
  • Experience developing and working with safety-critical, redundant systems.
  • Working knowledge of EMI and EMC mitigation techniques and best practices.
  • General PCB design, layout, and debugging experience.
  • Inquisitive attitude with an ability to quickly and deftly research new topics and develop mastery of a new subjects.
  • Experience with power electronics.

Pyka is looking for an Electrical Engineer to join our experienced and enthusiastic team of engineers. In this role, you will be responsible for everything from system level design decisions to detailed design, manufacturing, and testing. As our first electrical engineering hire, you will be a key contributor to the entire vehicle system – an essential asset to our fast moving team. The ways in which you will contribute will be extremely varied, from integrating the aircraft’s flight controller, to developing a battery state of charge estimator and overseeing contractors to develop specialized subsystems (brushless motor controllers, etc.). You will have ownership over a large portion of the propulsion system and avionics hardware that will launch on our first production-spec aircraft this winter.

The Pyka engineering team believes in rapid iteration and testing in the physical world. You will get the opportunity to build and fly commercial unmanned electric aircraft at an unprecedented scale.

Fostering a welcoming company culture that promotes experimentation, asking questions, and the ability to express different views and opinions is extremely important to us. To this end, we are looking for individuals who are excited to help us create and deepen this culture. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in "stealth mode." Lastly, we don't work 60 hour weeks, and don't expect you to either. In this role you will earn a competitive salary plus equity.

Full-Time Mechanical Design Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Propose solutions to high level requirements. Design, manufacture, and test said solutions.
  • Work with the rest of the mechanical design team on continuing the development of the actuation and propulsion system with a strong focus on reliability.
  • Develop ground infrastructure that promotes efficient operation of the aircraft in the field (the "nurse" truck).
  • Develop the spray system for the aircraft with a focus on low weight and a repeatable spray pattern.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hands on experience developing mechatronics or electric vehicle projects.
  • Hands on experience developing weight-sensitive products (aircraft, solar cars, sports equipment, etc.)
  • Competent solid modeler, preferably Solidworks
  • Experience designing around rapid prototyping techniques such as laser/waterjet cutting, sls printing, and quick-turn machining services.
  • Inquisitive attitude with an ability to quickly and deftly research new topics and develop mastery of a new subjects.

Pyka is looking for a Mechanical Design Engineer to join our experienced and enthusiastic team of engineers. In this role, you will be responsible for everything from system level design decisions to detailed design and manufacturing. As one of our first few mechanical engineering hires, you will be a key contributor to the entire vehicle system – an essential asset to our fast moving team. The ways in which you will contribute will be extremely varied, from designing and manufacturing blind-mating high current connectors to designing and fabricating the trailer that transports our aircraft to and from the farm. You will have ownership over a large number of parts that will launch on our first production-spec aircraft this winter.

The Pyka engineering team believes in rapid iteration and testing in the physical world. You will get the opportunity to build and fly commercial unmanned electric aircraft at an unprecedented scale.

Fostering a welcoming company culture that promotes experimentation, asking questions, and the ability to express different views and opinions is extremely important to us. To this end, we are looking for individuals who are excited to help us create and deepen this culture. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in "stealth mode." Lastly, we don't work 60 hour weeks, and don't expect you to either. In this role you will earn a competitive salary plus equity.

A Pyka autonomous airplane flying through a foggy valley