Dandelions is very pleased to announce we are a winner of the inaugural NSW Government sponsored Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) programme, which was announced late last year.
Over the past couple of months, we were working a lot on the feasibility aspect of this project.
To showcase this journey, we are going to publish a 5-part video series on YouTube!
Dandelions' SBIR Solution Recap
Dandelions wants to solve communication problems that occur during emergencies by deploying an air-deployable vehicle called the Gyrochute.
The Gyrochute is a small-scale unpowered aerial delivery vehicle, developed for the safe and rapid delivery of modular power, communications, and computation package to a remote location.
The proposed design has wings that unfold automatically upon deployment.
When deployed, the Gyrochute resembles a spinning propeller, which uses aerodynamic braking to slow its descent, and auto-rotation to stabilise its flight as it gently falls from the sky.
Our technology works in 4 simple steps:
(1) Pre-deployment, the Gyrochutes are fitted with a selected payload.
(2) After payload integration, they are stored in slim drums for easy transportation.
(3) The Gyrochutes are then transported by aircraft to drop sites selected by a smart algorithm developed in partnership with Macquarie University.
(4) Post-landing, the payloads activate forming a gyrochute radio mesh network that is optimised for coverage and communication resilience.
5-Part YouTube Series
In this 5-part series, we are going to be documenting phase 1 of our SBIR feasibility journey. As part of this grant, Dandelions will undertake a feasibility study on integrating the Gyrochute with communication payloads. The goal is to provide on-demand communication networks in emergency situations and remote areas.
Let's dive into this video and learn more about what we are doing!