On the same mission for a decade.


We are leaders in a movement that is bigger than ourselves. We enable new business by creating better technology the open source way, and by connecting the community of developers, contributors, and companies.

In 2008 our founder created PX4 and Pixhawk, the most widely adopted permissive open source projects in the drone industry.

Today, we are the largest contributor to PX4 and the software platform powers consumer, commercial, and industrial drones of every type, from multicopters to VTOLs.

  • 2008

    The start of the Pixhawk project

    Pixhawk, the standard and independent open-hardware autopilot project, was born at ETH Zurich under the leadership of Auterion’s Co-Founder, Lorenz Meier.

  • 2009

    MAVLink and QGC Start

    MAVLink, the protocol for communicating with small unmanned vehicles,  and QGround Control, the flight controller and mission planner projects, begin at ETH.

  • 2010

    Global adoption of Open Source code

    Most academic projects worldwide start adopting the open source code developed in the ETH labs.

  • 2011

    PX4 is born

    PX4, the most widely used open source autopilot operating system for drones, is created by Lorenz Meier.

  • 2013

    Pixhawk kits

    First Pixhawk autopilot kits are created and globally distributed.

  • 2014

    Ready to fly products

    The first ready to fly products enter the markets globally.

  • 2016

    Dronecode part of Linux Foundation

    PX4, QGC and MAVLink become part of the Linux Foundation as Dronecode Project.

  • 2018

    Auterion first product release

    Auterion, the company builds the open source operating system for commercial drones on top of PX4, releases the first version of the Auterion Distribution.

Meet our founders

Lorenz Meier

Lorenz Meier is Co-Founder of Auterion and holds a Ph.D. on drone software architecture from ETH Zurich. He has worked on open source software for drones since 2008. He created the PX4 autopilot, the equivalent of Android for drones. Lorenz is also the creator of several de-facto drone industry standards, including Pixhawk, MAVLink and QGroundControl. Throughout his decade-long career Lorenz received numerous awards and fellowships for his work, and in 2017 he was nominated MIT 35 Innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review.

Kevin Sartori

Kevin Sartori had his first touch point with the drone industry in 2008, when he was researching optimal control algorithms as part of the early Pixhawk team at ETH Zurich. Kevin worked at BCG as a strategy consultant in Zurich and, in 2014, he moved to the Bay Area and joined 3DR as Senior Product Marketing Manager for Site Scan. Kevin holds a Master in Robotics from ETH Zurich and an MBA from UC Berkeley.


There are important challenges that today’s market leader will encounter as they attempt to meet the diverse needs of the global drone marketplace. Auterion, with its open software platform, is well positioned to dynamically respond to the wide range of solutions required for commercial and defense applications.

Ray O. Johnson, Former CTO at The Lockheed Martin Corporation

At PrecisionHawk it is essential for us to support a diverse range of drones and drone technologies for mission-critical applications. The Auterion platform, with its roots in open source and flexible interfaces combined with enterprise-class services, is a perfect fit that helps us double-down on our growth plans.

Michael Chasen, CEO PrecisionHawk

Every successful open source ecosystem needs enterprise software vendors to make the work of the community accessible to the industry. The creation of Auterion shows that the Dronecode Project is mature and PX4 is ready for the enterprise.

Chris Anderson, CEO 3D Robotics

With the US being one of the largest commercial drone markets, it was important for Costanoa Ventures to find the right partner to accelerate the transformation that autonomy will bring to the US market. Auterion’s open source, community-inclusive approach and customer-focused enterprise productization is world-class – feedback from those in the ecosystem has been stellar and we expect them to continue to be a shining light in the industry.

Greg Sands, Founder Costanoa Ventures


Auterion is backed by the same visionary investors who have supported companies such as Airbnb, Facebook, Skype, and Spotify.