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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this Project
Help us enable drones to be useful in first responder applications, surveillance, reconnaissance, communications, and rescue. They need to lift more, have more endurance and battery life, and may need to have several applications on one drone, and lastly, drones that can be used to rescue people, lift them and carry them out of danger.
The MacGyver of drones.
The efficiency of motors and propellers are the two critical operating parameters in drone operations and determines how it uses its energy, how long it can stay aloft, and what its capabilities are. Flight time and a drone’s ability to be used for search and rescue are directly linked. The technology which we continue to develop can conserve battery power, at least tripling drone flying time.
The motor is a variant of motors I previously worked on but were never commericlized. We need further work to scale it down and make some modifications to the design, then produce several for testing. The technologies needed for the propeller are bionic in nature, designes found in birds, sea turtles, whales and fishes. We already have them designed into the propeller, and they are compelling alterations of current designs.
The lift technologies, the motor and the propellers, are the final frontier of drone development.
The propeller is largely unchanged since 1903 when the Wright Brothers used, in escence, the same propeller. I started the work on these technologies to help my friends at the university developing a heavy lift drone. I completed the drone propeller theory and much of the design work, some of the patent work, and scalling of the motor. I contacted several others to help with various components, everyone loved the idea and what it could produce but I quickly ran into the first reality that we were out of development funds.
We have the engineers and manufacturers lined up to do the work. We don’t have the resources needed to complete the first responder drone motors and propellers. We have first responders, state governments, and two universities waiting, people developing drones for various government uses (surveillance, rescue) all awaiting the development of these technologies, but, we need your help.
Lots of people and emergency operations need your help. With your help we will complete the design work, and, with stretch goals be able to build and test models. Our first goal gets us started in the right direction, the propeller and the motor designs completed.
Our technologies will enable drones to:
Stay aloft longer
Lift more weight for longer periods
Fly long patterns to look for lost people
Gather detailed information in large disasters
Scan burned areas for hotspots increasing efficiency and reducing physical stress on overworked firefighters
There have been twenty fires in California alone that have burned more than 100,000 acres of land. Imagine the thousands of man-hours that could be saved by drones watching over those areas to ensure the fire doesn’t rekindle.
Please join our team to save lives!
Risks and challenges
Join our team, all pledges go directly to the completion of this project.
The propeller has its basic design completed, the concepts understood, additional work is needed to complete the concept for larger and smaller units.
Both are extensions of the work I have done for more than fifteen years, the propeller incorporates biomimetic design characteristics of both fishes and avian organisms.
The motor is a similar motor to our previous work both on hydroturbines and small motors. The issues needing resolution are small alterations of the design using updated materials, the motor controller work needs to be done, and scaling the motor to size, so this is a very low risk project.
As above, supporters for $75 or more and we will send you a medium/dark blue triblend quality T-shirt with the Autek Quintskelion showing others you care about drone technology developments that saving people.
The Autek Quintskelion is a symbol used for our propeller technology to illustrate it is faster, higher, stronger than the competition. The logo is stitched on the short, not printed. As with all shirts, this is a durable medium/dark blue polo.
Pledge $1000 or more and we strike a coin for you with the Autek Quintskelion on one side and the ICATS logo on the other. These are unpainted, limited edition to the number needed for our sponsors. Your name will be listed on our website as a sponsor of the project. These will be the very first coins ever struck with this emblem. The issue will be limited to the number of supporters who earn the coin as a reward for supporting the project.
Pledge $5000 or more and we strike a coin for you with the Autek Quintskelion on one side and the ICATS logo on the other, Both sides are painted to highlight the struck images. These are unpainted, limited edition to the number needed for our sponsors. Your name will be listed on our website as a sponsor of the project. The issue will be limited to the number of supporters who earn the coin as a reward for supporting the project. We suspect the issue will be very short, so this will continue to be a rare issue. We will also send you the high-quality silken Polo with the Quintskelion embroidered on it.