About us

Our ambition can best be described as: To become the first Dutch U-space provider.


Holding The Drones was founded in 2018 and originates from AlienAutomatisering. In 2018 we came into contact with EASA's PODIUM project for unmanned aerial vehicles. Back then we already saw that software has a major impact on unmanned aviation. The first steps of U-space were already known at that time. Based on the interest in technology and the software company, it was decided to change course and focus fully on unmanned aviation and everything that goes with it.


Building a complete software ecosystem for the guidance and support of drone pilots and operators is the core business of Holding The Drones. We design software from the point of view of users and fully comply with the requirements of European and Dutch legislation. Holding The Drones is a member of the Dutch standards institute NEN. Our company participates (actively) in many working groups in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles of, among others, ISO, ASD-STAN, CEN.


In addition to software development, the company also focuses on hardware. We build drones for specific assignments, such as for the opening ceremony of the European Baseball Championship 2022 with flags, floating drones, fault-tolerant drones, impact reduction measures, and AI-supported inspection drones. Next to that, “Drotics” performs drone shows, we build “DroneHotels”, we design our own RemoteID and we are active in the field of counterdrones. We also have a video production branch "Valkyrie Video Productions" focused on photo and video recordings using drones and we will soon offer a service to help companies with exemptions for the specific category.


Holding the Drones attaches great importance to sustainability. We have been driving electrically since the start, we generate as much electricity as possible sustainably ourselves and we heat our buildings almost without fossil fuel. Social activities of the employees are also an aspect for which they make time available.


Owner Elie van Mook is a volunteer on the board of the KNVvL Drones/Onmanned department and from the chairperson role he participates in the Drone Council Netherlands. He is a member of the Airspace working group and is responsible for creating continuous learning pathways for unmanned aviation in education (MBO-HBO-WO).