News this news is covering the last weeks!!

Welcome of the new drone pilot

Dear all the new drone pilot we have is Greg Stec, in his family there is a famous painter. Greg is from Poland and is a IT PLC programmer and passionate on Drones. As he has a University degree in data transmission, he is also good at this aspect. It is awesome what Greg can do and he takes us again further in the professionalization.

 

Capture greg

 

20150919_193404 cropped

Updating the Business Plan

With the footage of the flight -as we think we will fly it in future- coming up soon, we have started to update the business plan for Angel Investors and Crowd funding. We think that we need all elements at once to convince the Angel investors and a crowd fund!

 

Preparing for automatic flight

This Saturday 19 /09/15 we were working on the new settings of the controller/autopilot and connecting the GS ground station. We tested the ESC’s carefully and found out that they came with different settings. So we made all settings uniform and added the biological control  spray tank to the craft. It is a pleasure to work with Barry and Greg.

 

Nomination

We are proud to announce you that we have been nominated as team for a regional innovation award. This award is to praise innovations in the region that are close to full market. Although we are not close to market (2 to 3 years for a airworthy system), still we were selected as we did this in an innovative way: working with a team of experts and advisors from all around the globe: Reidar from Norway, Marko and Predrag from Serbia, Antony and Tom from the USA, Damien from the UK, and 3 of us from NL and Greg from Poland. We have been working on this effort with dedication and now see us moving to the next level: a 1 Million Euro development company for the Agridrone. We are going a ahead!

 

 

The marvel Skid

Marko got into the design of the skids and did a beautiful simulation of the stress using a neat finitive element program. The thing is eg. dropped from a 0.5 meter and then the stresses are recorded. The design is within the stress limits. So a real professional part for our professional agridrone is designed. We will record all this as input for the certification.

 

On TV on radio in the news papers

Over the last weeks it was amazing how we were contacted by various Media who wanted to interview us.  We were on radio and on TV and in some local newspapers. It helped us to explain what our vision is on bigger drones, how they will be used in different tasks from parcels delivery to agriculture and rescue.

 

Behind the scenes: Agridrone on TV

 

 

Agridrone consortium first meeting

The meeting with a WUR, UT and other private parties was most useful. A presentation was given by both the team as the subsidy advisor. Next an interesting discussion emerged on the first high rewarding drone applications in agriculture. All the group members were interested to formulate the project proposal and simultaneously conduct a national and international market study, with some prime applications elaboration.

 

Market study by students Fontis Hoge School

Last week we had a meeting with a group of students of the Fontis High School. They will conduct a marketing study for the Agridrone. They now have a good understanding of our vision, and mission and the possible applications for this 100 kg payload drone. They will work on this the next month.

 

The office and workplace

We are in the selection of a office and workshop for the agridrone project. We hope to have the competitive offers soon, so we can start…

 

Chao Fan finished his studies

Our Chinese Student Chao Fan finished his internship. We took him through the whole design stage, including the use of the drone and its applications. We think that Chao Fan has done a good job and by explaining the design processes to him also got us as a team motivated to record the steps in the design progress carefully.

 

Results of summer discussion by DGB

The summer discussion of DGB was highly important. It cleared the way for the certification. There are 2 approaches: one using the current national system for drones, that are rated below 150 kg, the other approach being that of a manned version and follow the NVAV experimental aircraft approach. For the latter one some issues have to be solved, but with good dialogue with NVAV and a team of NLR and TUD and UT experts this can be solved.  The NVAV will come with some suggestions for the experts. The RPAS approach will be followed in close cooperation with NLR.

 

Drones for forestry!

It is interesting to see the many ideas and dreams that people come up with, when imagining larger capacity drones; Our drone can take a 100 kg of trees seedlings!

http://www.springwise.com/reforestation-drones-plant-billion-trees-year/