Indooroopilly, Queensland 4068
Skyborne is developing a hybrid tilt-rotor drone that has unmatched hover capability and a high speed forward flight mode that allows four times the endurance of a standard quad-copter.
Skyborne will manufacture and sell these drones to prominent industrial markets for around $5k each. Skyborne’s drone concepts have been under development for seven years. A number of the guidance, navigation (sensor fusion) and control system laws have required significant specialized attention. These technologies are currently undergoing a patenting process.
The team was formed in 2014 to accelerate development on the drone project that has been ongoing for eight years. Skyborne received $20k from the Australian-based ILAB accelerator in June this year and has secured a further pre-seed round of $40k from Angel investors. We are seeking a venture capital round of $3m.
Market response to the product has been very positive. Customers from Mining, Agriculture, Surf Life Saving and Emergency services have expressed interest in purchasing our technology as soon as it is available.
Founder and CEO Dr Michael Creagh has been working in the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) field for nine years. He has produced novel guidance and control laws for space craft, spinning rockets and hypersonic gliders. Michael was the reaction control engineer for the $14m hypersonic flight experiment, SCRAMSPACE, before embarking on his entrepreneurial career.
Dr Youngmin Kim is the principal systems engineer with more than fifteen years experience, specialising in Embedded Linux and network protocol design. He was the key member of On-Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV) Project that started in 2008.
Thomas Cran and Ryan Mitchell are talented recent engineering graduates and Adrian Dudok has a strong business and civil aviation background.
Skyborne has been featured in the most widely circulated newspaper in the state of Queensland.
Michael Creagh, [email protected]
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Problem Your Company/Products Solve
Currently available multi-rotor and fixed wing drones have severe limitations. Multi-rotors have limited endurance (between 15 and 25 minutes) and require complex gimbals to point their cameras in the desired direction. Often, two people are needed for aerial photography: a drone operator and a camera operator. For services companies, this is an overhead that can be avoided.
Conversely, fixed-wing drones are difficult to manage on takeoff and landing. Whilst they have the range and endurance over multi-rotors, they don’t offer the ability to hover.
Skyborne Technologies is developing two tilt-rotor drones. The Cerberus is a unique design that allows the vehicle to pitch at any angle whilst remaining stationary. This removes the need for a gimbal (and additional operator) because the camera can remain fixed to the body. When the vehicle is pitched up, the camera has a field of view above the drone; perfect for infrastructure inspections that existing multi-rotors cannot perform without a hardware re-configuration.
The next model, the Chimera, takes advantage of the tilt-rotor design and lifting surfaces to increase the range and endurance from 20 minutes up to one hour. The same tilting features are available, which makes the drone perfect for long-range missions which require hover envelope flight along the way. No control surfaces are required for this model, making the concept incredibly simple and aerodynamic.
The technology behind the two drone models is unique, particularly for the guidance, navigation and control systems.
ILAB Accelerator, Two Angel investors
Commercial drone users