26Jul

We Are Designing A New Gyrochute


"How can we be better?"

That is the question that we always ask here at Dandelions.

Better doesn't always mean bigger. In fact, this time, we choose the opposite.

We are excited to introduce you to the Baby Gyrochute!

Introducing The Baby Gyrochute
Introducing The Baby Gyrochute

What Is The Baby Gyrochute?

The story began with our Gyrochute design, which is an unpowered safe descent vehicle that relies on the principle of auto-rotation, not only air resistance. 

Following the principle of the Gyrochute, the Baby Gyrochute is designed with only 60% the size of the current version.

Advantages of the Baby Gyrochute design
Advantages of the Baby Gyrochute design

By reducing the diameter, we reduce the payload capacity. However, this also reduces material costs and allows for more storage and transport opportunities. 

We have implemented an integrated folding mechanism that enables the Gyrochute to be stowed in a commercial duffel bag, allowing it to be stored and deployed from general aviation aircraft.

In addition, it is being designed specifically for ‘swarm’ sensor configurations, allowing multiple capabilities to be enabled in the field with one deployment.

Advantages of The Baby Gyrochute

1 - Easy To Store And Deploy

The Baby Gyrochute can be stored in a duffel bag
The Baby Gyrochute can be stored in a duffel bag

With the integrated folding mechanism, the Baby Gyrochute can be stowed in a commercial duffel bag.

The reduction in size enables the Baby Gyrochute to be stored and deployed from general aviation aircraft, such as Cessna 172 Skylane or Cessna 208 Caravan.

The Baby Gyrochute can be stored and deployed from general aviation aircraft
The Baby Gyrochute can be stored and deployed from general aviation aircraft

This way, the problem with cabin door size constraints are more achievable

By deploying from aircraft, we are proving that our technology can be rapidly deployed anytime, anywhere for emergency communications in the field. 

2 - Specifically Designed For ‘Swarm’ Sensor Configurations

The 'swarm' sensor configurations allow multiple capabilities to be enabled in the field with one deployment.

Multiple Baby Gyrochutes will be deployed from a single aircraft, each with a specific telecommunication package and/or sensor.

An example may be a Gyrochute that is configured for satellite backhaul, while another has a long-range telecommunication protocol like LoRaWAN or Cat-M1 with an environmental sensor. This way large-scale environmental monitoring is possible, with minimal human labour.

The Baby Gyrochute with 360 Camera as a payload
The Baby Gyrochute with 360 Camera as a payload

Sensors that the Gyrochute may use are:

  • Temperature

  • Pressure

  • Wind speed

  • Rainfall

  • CO2 concentration

  • Microphones

  • Camera for virtual surveying.

Conclusion

The Baby Gyrochute is a Gyrochute that is designed with only 60% the size of the current version. Its advantages include easy storage and deployment and allows multiple capabilities to be enabled in the field with one deployment.

Stay tuned for our latest developments here at Dandelions! 🚀

See you next time!

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