Streamlining Air Travel

Moonware develops advanced software & hardware products that solve decades-old inefficiencies in the aviation industry

About Us

Moonware is a San Francisco-based startup building a cloud-based fleet management software platform for ground handling vehicles, and subsequently deploying the autonomous & electric ground vehicles needed to fundamentally improve airport operations. Our value propositions bring safety, speed and reliability to the ground handling ecosystem and can ultimately save airlines globally $30B+ every year

Asset Utilization

Maximizing GSE  fleet utility by dynamically scheduling and dispatching vehicles to service gates airport-wide

Delay Minimization

Improving agent-based coordination through real-time GSE asset tracking and visualization, achieving faster turnaround times

Accident Prevention

Reducing ground handling-related incidents/accidents due to rudimentary human operations through perfect repeatability

Fuel Savings

Eliminating excessive fuel burn during the taxi-out and taxi-in phases using autonomous vehicles

Human Safety

Alleviating ramp operator workload minimizes accident risks through automated processes and enables safer operations

Emissions Reduction

Minimizing aircraft fuel consumption to meet FAA & EASA’s 2050 goal of cutting carbon emissions by 50%


Cloud-based Software Platform

Over-the-air (OTA) updates enable frequent optimization of airport ground operations built on our proprietary algorithms. Moonware's cloud-based fleet management network efficiently streamlines vehicle movements for a determined airfield use case, pulling real-time location data from each vehicle and integrating with the existing databases and cloud infrastructures of service providers

Autonomous Vehicle Platform

Our vehicle incorporates a novel and patented mechanism that leverages the weight of the aircraft’s front nose gear to generate the necessary torque for tugging operations. This also allows our vehicle to accommodate different landing gear configurations and minimize landing gear structural fatigue when compared to existing clamping or pin-latch mechanisms

Moonware’s products will reduce delays, accidents, emissions, fuel and labor costs. Our integrated systems holistically solve these problems through a unified process, decreasing ground handling interfaces and hence the number of disruptions. Our software platform helps minimize delays due to the uncoordinated and untracked ground handling practices currently in use. Our hardware platform helps reduce human-induced accidents involving ramp damage to aircraft or terminal buildings, and the unnecessary fuel consumption associated with taxiing aircraft to and from the runway. These value propositions bring safety, speed and reliability to the ground handling ecosystem. Ultimately, we lower operating costs and save airlines globally approximately $30B+ every year, resulting in higher operator profitability.


Javier Vidal
Co-founder & CEO
Saunon Malekshahi
Co-founder & CTO
Autonomy Lead
Design Lead
Mechanical Lead
Strategy Advisor


Moonware’s solution was conceived by the surging need for efficient ground handling operations in increasingly congested and saturated airspaces around the world.

Our team leverages years of combined experience building frontier tech across the aerospace, robotics, and automotive sectors to solve a critical airfield logistics problem. This operational domain provides favorable constraints with limited edge cases to implement robotics and data-driven solutions that automate ground traffic.

Moonware’s products are deployable across all aviation sectors, including Commercial Aviation, Business Aviation and Urban Air Mobility, with the global vision of leading ground handling services across all aviation-related sectors.


Moonware Revolutionizes Air Travel with Uber Elevate to Automate Airports and Skyports - Nov. 20, 2020

Moonware has announced its launch as an independent company after a successful year-long collaboration with Uber Elevate.                                                                                                                                                                           

Moonware Showcases Its Autonomous Vehicle Platform, With Plans For Urban Air Mobility - Nov. 19, 2020

Moonware announces its launch as an independent company to provide software as a ground handling service and help automate airports.                                                                                                                      

Autonomous Electric Tow Tugs Could Cut Handling Costs - Nov. 13, 2020

Californian start-up Moonware is stepping up its plans to develop a family of electrically powered tow tugs that it says could transform the ground handling process for aircraft up to the size of wide body airliners.

Automation could be available for ground handling of eVTOL aircraft - Nov. 12, 2020

California start-up Moonware has been trialing its concept for autonomous, electrically powered tow tugs with Uber Elevate for its planned urban air mobility network. It says the vehicles could tow much larger aircraft, too.

Moonware launches its autonomous ground handling service, with plans for the aviation and urban air mobility markets - Nov. 10, 2020

Moonware has announced its launch as an independent company to provide software as a ground handling service and help automate airports and, in future, Skyports for Urban Air Mobility operations.                                                

Moonware to develop autonomous ground handling services for Uber Elevate’s skyports — and maybe commercial aviation, too - Nov. 2, 2020

Uber Elevate has added Moonware, a robotics and software company developing autonomous, electric ground handling vehicles, to its roster of solutions that will help enable high throughput air taxi services at its Skyports.