XM2 Aerial are leaders in solution design and delivery of industrial applications to large corporate and government organisations.
XM2 are a UAV design and services company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with offices in Gold Coast, Los Angeles and Seoul. We provide world-class UAV services globally. We typically work with large commercial, industrial and government organisations, who work within complex operating environments.
XM2 Aerial are a full service company and experts in the deployment of UAV into commercial environments.
What sets XM2 apart is that we research, develop, custom design, manufacture, test and fly our own aircraft. This translates to peace of mind in working with a company that knows their product. We have an impeccable safety record with zero reportable incidents and accidents.
Combined with our expert understanding of industrial workflows, our expertise and technology integration make XM2 the safe option for high-end and technically complex environments.
VP SOLUTIONS DESIGN
Aidan Kelly comes with over 15 years of RC experience and has established himself as a leader in the field of Drones as well as owner and operator of a successful business specialising in Drones in Melbourne Victoria. His knowledge is vast and includes business management, electronic and mechanical setups of aircraft, flight training and programming. An accomplished RC pilot with thousands of hours airtime matched with in depth technical knowledge gives the edge many wish to possess. His close ties to designers and manufacturers of aircraft platforms enables him to be a test pilot and assist in research and development of associated mechanical and electronic systems. Aidan also instructs and trains new pilots.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Craig has 26 years’ experience as an Electrician in the industrial sector specializing in the quarrying and concrete industries. He established CEC Electrical in 1993 and successfully operated the business until its sale in 2013 where he joined Gordyn & Palmer as a regional manager until joining XM2. Craig’s skills included the design of large scale electrical distribution systems, HV electrical installation, motor control circuits and software design.
Craig’s passion for RC helicopters started over 15 years ago after purchasing his first aircraft with no knowledge of how to build or fly them. The first flight only lasted a few seconds. Undeterred and enjoying the challenge of mastering RC helicopters Craig soon had a number of different aircraft including drones. Drones offered new challenges and enjoyment. Obtaining his UAV controllers certificate in 2014 Craig gained work in Australia and Europe flying drones for TV commercials.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Stephen is the founding director of XM2, establishing the brand roughly 15 years ago. Since it’s inception XM2 Aerial has grown to be an international service provider of services such as aerial photography and videography, surveying, surveillance and infrastructure inspections of the highest level. Armed with his extensive experience as a producer and director in high-end film production, Stephen is building a world-class UAV design and service delivery powerhouse that is changing the face of industrial applications through the deployment of UAV related technologies.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Steve is an experienced senior executive having lead fast growth companies over the past 15 years. With a successful career as CFO for publicly listed technology companies in Australia, he has also founded several successful private companies. Steve is responsible for the design of the company to allow it to scale rapidly whilst maintaining and amplifying the innovative and service excellence that is the hallmark of XM2. Steve is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has an MBA.
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
Luke Annells’ background is in Marine Engineering. With over 6 years professional experience in the offshore merchant shipping industry he has excelled in the roles of 3rd, 2nd and 1st Engineer. From a young age his passion has been to design and manufacture his own inventions. As a Marine Engineer he became proficient in mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Armed with these skill sets, Luke has been directly involved in the research, development and fabrication of every aircraft in our fleet and has honed his skills to the highest level. Luke is also an accomplished and record holding RC helicopter pilot (instructor rating) and multi-rotor pilot with over 13 year’s experience. Coupling his piloting skills with his engineering expertise has produced Drones that are both reliable and precisely controllable.
OPERATIONS MANAGER | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER | FILM & TV LOCATION MANAGER