Pushing boundaries and breaking new ground in terms of performance and efficiency requires a keen understanding of the state of the technology and real world possibilities. Flying robots is our passion and engineering solutions to complex problems nothing short of an addiction.
Need a purpose-built aircraft to fulfill a very specific task? We draw on a diverse skills set and knowledge base derived from experience working with automotive and industrial applications and employ the latest CAD tools and rapid prototyping techniques.
Civilian drone technology is experiencing a rapid evolution driven by an expanding community of innovators, engineers, developers and hobbyists. Arguably the most exciting segment to emerge from this diverse group of collaborative creators is FPV (First Person View) flight, which involves piloting a small high performance aircraft from the perspective of an on board camera system. This unique control method affords the pilot an ability to place him or her self at the helm of an incredibly small yet wonderfully acrobatic craft as if seated on board a virtual cockpit.
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” - Coco Chanel
FPV flight affords an amazing sense of enlarged freedom that can only be understood through first hand experience. Being able to dance about exploring a landscape as if an agile little finch, while your body stays safely planted on the ground, is both liberating and exhilarating.
“Once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci
While one’s induction into FPV begins with a simple will to be able to stay in the air, as basic proficiency emerges, interest quickly turns to flying among different landscape features and developing one’s acrobatic style and flow while mastering an ever increasing list of tricks and manoeuvres.
“The Guide says there is an art to flying", said Ford, "or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” - Douglas Adams
The pursuit of increased performance and improved synergy between flying robot and pilot not only drives the development of one’s flying skills, but also an ever more intimate understanding of the electrical and mechanical systems involved. Before long one finds themselves becoming keenly familiar with the process of designing, engineering, programming and tuning their own unique bit of tech.
“Engineering stimulates the mind. Kids get bored easily. They have got to get out and get their hands dirty: make things, dismantle things, fix things. When the schools can offer that, you'll have an engineer for life.” - Bruce Dickinson
While FPV can easily become an all consuming lifestyle, and shares many commonalities with other exciting alternative sports like freeclimbing, freestyle skateboarding and freestyle motorcross, it is a pastime that also supercharges one’s thirst for knowledge and focuses one’s appreciation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“There's nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.” - Bill Nye
With more than 40% of current Australian jobs forecast to be replaced by technology over the coming decades and 75% of all new jobs forecast to be created over that same period expected to require a STEM skill or qualification of some form, the need to inspire young Australians to engage with science, engineering and the peaceful arts has perhaps never been more urgent. DIY drones and FPV flight can be incredibly powerful tools in this regard and are uniquely capable of inspiring, validating and fostering the talents of young Australians so to help prepare them for the careers of tomorrow and perhaps even set them on an academic track towards the hard sciences.
"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science." - Edwin Hubble
Our drone displays are designed to offer an engaging and interactive experience by leveraging drones, RC hobbies and kit based electronics to provide a fun and entertaining way for young people to learn about electrical and mechanical systems, design, engineering, programming and innovation. Interactive FPV simulators provide a first introduction to flight in a virtual environment while an enclosed flying area offers a safe and convenient space for maiden real world flights, tips and training. Our electronics tinker stations also offer those interested in learning more about the technology involved to get hands on experience playing with drone related hardware, firmware and software.
"It's a passport to the world. Engineering is that base qualification that can take you anywhere." - Regina Moran