Skyborne Technologies is creating innovation within the space of UAVs. Our goal is to design and manufacture UAV platform to provide a product available for both consumers (hobbyist) and commercial business.
Our Research and Developments focus its developments products to overcome several limitations existing within current UAVs.
Currently available multi-rotors and fixed wing commercial drones have severe limitations.Multi-rotors have limited endurance (between 15 and 25 minutes) and require complex gimbals to aim their cameras in the desired direction. Often, two people are needed for aerial operations: a drone operator and a camera operator.
Such multi-rotors cannot aim their cameras upwards because the body of the drone blocks line of sight. This can be problematic for infrastructure inspections.
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 hybrid tilt-rotor UAVs to provide additional applications capabilities to the markets needs. The two R&D projects are Cerberus and Chimera.
The name "Cerberus" originates from Greek mythology, and describes a three-headed hell-hound with the tail of a serpent and the claws of a lion that guarded the entrance to the underworld.
The Cerberus has unmatched hover capability because it can tilt its body up and down at any angle, enabling a camera or larger payload to be pointed with ease without requiring a sophisticated gimbal. The Cerberus can also change heading faster than any multi-rotor.
According to Greek mythology, the Cerberus had several siblings - one of which was the Chimera. Depicted as a lion with the head of a goat arising from its back and a tail that ended with a snake's head, the Chimera was a monstrous fire-breathing creature.
The Chimera UAV is the next step in the evolution of hybrid autonomous UAVs - this drone will feature unrivaled speed, endurance, and range in an aircraft of its size. The Chimera takes Cerberus base UAV platform and adds an aerodynamics shell and a high speed forward flight mode that allows four times the endurance of a standard quadcopter. Chimera is thus able to transition between hover and efficient forward flight with ease, opening up a range of mission capabilities.
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Current Employees include:
Anny Ning - Mechanical Design Engineer
Ryan Mitchell - CFO
Thomas Cran - Chief Operating Officer
Jane Leung - Flight & Media Engineer
Dr Michael Creagh - Director
Adrian Dudok - Director