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Dandelions, originally known as Wise Networking, began as the brainchild of Brian Lim, and sprouted from a collaboration of the first team members.

Alex’s Story

Back in late 2018 I met Brian at a space related hackathon. It was pretty obvious he was an enthusiastic builder. Coming from a background in network engineering, it was unusual to see a man that was simultaneously a part of the Aussie space industry, and interested in building aircraft.

While I didn’t know what his plans were, I knew I had to be a part of the adventure. Out of the blue, I asked him if he had an opening for an internship opportunity. He was sceptical, but was generous enough to give me a chance. Over the next week, we exchanged emails, and it became clear to him that he could use someone with a background in aeronautical engineering, and it became clear to me that working on a new aerial technology that could help emergency services was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

That following summer I worked with Brian and got to know the rest of the team. The first order of business was to flesh out the design of a novel aerial delivery vehicle that we joyfully coined: the Gyrochute. Our goal was to keep people connected to their loved ones and first responders during disasters.

The worst fear is not knowing where your loved ones are, or not knowing if they’re okay.

The first months were a breeze with small scale aerial tests conducted inside our then offices at Olympic Park in Sydney's west. We were lucky to be in the space, and were surrounded by other inspirational startups. However, by mid 2019 it became apparent that the location was no longer working for our team. We had to move out and find a new location.

It was difficult to make progress, and we had lost our testing space. The saving grace was Saber Astronautics lending us a hand, and allowing us to co-lease in their offices.

We slowly got back on track, and began growing the team, with a focus on developing the electronics package. Despite personnel changes, by 2020 we had a number of prototypes built, tests under our belt, and a broader vision of the company’s capabilities and where we wanted to go.

But like many others, we were about to learn a brand new acronym, Covid19.

This was another hurdle to overcome. Like most companies the first thing to do was to learn how to make a startup work from home.

We scaled down operations somewhat in the first half of the year, work was slow, and we focused on simulations rather than physical testing. When COVID lessened its grip, we took full advantage, and scaled up with a larger team, and larger goals.

These two years have been an incredibly important part of my life; both being a part of this evolving community, and working on such a high impact technology.

Today, we have set our sights on testing our prototype Gyrochute from a hundred thousand feet (expected mid 2021), but also an electronics mission to low earth orbit.

We’re certainly not finished; we have big dreams and even bigger projects on the horizon.

Summary

In the coming days we hope to showcase some of our proudest moments on this blog.

It is a journey of discovery, as we try to bring a brand new aerial vehicle to the market, so be sure to stay tuned to our work and we would love to know what you think!

Recent posts

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Our People: Vidisha Gosai

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What You Could Fit In The Gyrochute: Rain Gauge Sensor

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What You Could Fit In The Gyrochute: GPS

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Sensors You Could Fit In The Gyrochute: Wind Speed Sensor

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Sensors You Could Fit In The Gyrochute: Wind Direction

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What You Could Fit In The Gyrochute: 360 Camera

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Sensors You Could Fit In The Gyrochute: Rain Sensor

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Sensors You Could Fit In The Gyrochute: Temperature Sensor

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We Are Designing A New Gyrochute

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The Daily Life Of A Dandelions Engineer: Harindi Perera

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The Daily Life Of A Dandelions Engineer: James Truong

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The Daily Life Of A Dandelions Engineer: Lea Molnar

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The Daily Life Of A Dandelions Engineer: Alex Le Poer Trench

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Are You Prepared For An Emergency? Here Are 7 Steps To Prepare Yourself

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Attention: New iFly Test Coming Up!

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Dandelions To Overcome Communication Challenges During A Disaster

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DIY Project: How To Make Your Own Silicone Toy

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The Gyrochute Series Compilation

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We Tested Our Gyrochute At iFly

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Gyrochute vs Copterbox

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The Differences Between A Gyrochute And A Gyrocopter

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How We Tested In A Vertical Wind Tunnel!

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What Are The Differences Between A Gyrochute And A CoW

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We Went To The 11th Australian Space Forum!

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Gyrochute vs RC Helicopter

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Gyrochute vs Quadrotor Drone

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Gyrochute vs Parachute

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Gyrochute: What You Need To Know?

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Is There Really A Hotel In Space?

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Australian Space News Highlights (February 2021)

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Latest Technologies To Prevent and Fight Bushfires - February 2020

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How To Design And Print Your Own Planetary Gearset

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Advice For Aspiring Young Engineers

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Interview With Dandelions Team: Harindi Perera

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Soldering Tools Used By Professional Electrical Engineer

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Interview With Dandelions Team: Lea Molnar

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Pros And Cons Of Being An Electrical Engineer

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Interview With Dandelions Team: Alexander Le Poer Trench

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Dandelions' Founder: Brian Lim

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Our People: Alexander Le Poer Trench

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Our People: Harindi Perera

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Our People: Lea Molnar

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What is the Dandelions product vision?

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International Fire Fighter Profiled Us!

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Welcome To Dandelions