IAPF Reconnaissance and Surveillance Drone

A rhino is killed every 8 hours in South Africa. It is extremely challenging for rangers to cover the large quantities of ground required to successfully intercept poachers. The cyborg dynamics team partnered up with the IAPF in the development of a UAV platform for intercepting poachers in the Mozambique and South Africa regions. The services includes systems integration of flight control auto pilot, mechanical design of payload retraction mechanism, computer vision algorithms for tracking and finished with flight testing. 

Payload retraction design

Payload retraction design

Blob detection algorithms used to discriminate animals from thermal imagery.

Blob detection algorithms used to discriminate animals from thermal imagery.

AUSTRALIAN ARMY Small Unmanned Aerial System

Cyborg Dynamics provided technical advisory and project management to JAR Aerospace as part of the defence innovation hub priority notice for Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) replacement to the WASP UAS. This project was a 10 week project where cyborg dynamics managed a team of airframe design, computer vision, Guidance Navigation and Control, communications, ground control systems, payloads and electronics. Cyborg Dynamics was also responsible for the system specification and military engagement to capture the relevant requirements.

The project was delivered on time and on budget to the capability manager of UAS of the Australian Army in June 2018.

JAR SUAS designed in collaboration with Cyborg Dynamics Engineering and Skyborne Technologies (photo courtesy of JAR Aerospace)

JAR SUAS designed in collaboration with Cyborg Dynamics Engineering and Skyborne Technologies (photo courtesy of JAR Aerospace)

Bespoke UAV Component DesignS

Cyborg Dynamics was contracted to provide technical consultancy on bird strike protections for Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) UAVs.

After a detailed analysis of a variety of technologies including collision avoidance sensors and acoustic sensors, Cyborg Dynamics designed a blade protection cage to clip onto existing platforms using aramid/carbon fibre sheet for lightweight shock protection. This combined with carbon fibre blades was found to significantly improve the survivability of quad-rotors which are unable to sustain a rotor blade failure due to no redundancy. The design allowed for waterjet cutting and jigsaw ease of assembly.