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Team

Our team is an interdisciplinary mix of experienced engineering / software professionals and students from ETH Zurich, which gives us an edge on new technology but also combined 12 years experience in the UAV field to build a reliable system.

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Simon Wilks

  • Team lead, vehicle design, flight control, outback operations
  • Core developer of the PX4 autopilot platform
  • 3+ years experience with UAV open source platforms and airframe construction.
  • 2014 – Current: Co-Founder of UAVenture AG.
  • 2007 – 2014: Engineering Manager at Google

Thomas Gubler

  • Flight control and flight safety / termination, outback operations
  • ETH Robotics / UAV master graduate
  • Core developer of the PX4 autopilot platform

Julian Oes

  • Automatic lost hiker detection and flight control, outback operations
  • ETH Robotics / UAV master program
  • Core developer of the PX4 autopilot platform

Andreas Antener

  • Wireless link management and detection interface, outback operations
  • CEPT radio-amateur license
  • Experience in FPV flying and antenna construction
  • 10 years software engineering experience
  • 2014 – Current: Co-Founder of UAVenture AG.

Dominik Juchli

  • Bottle drop approach navigation
  • Payload bay mechanical design and actuation
  • ETH robotics / master program

Lorenz Meier

Acknowledgements

This effort would not be possible without the support of many people and institutions. The would like to acknowledge the Computer Vision and Geometry Group of Prof. Marc Pollefeys / ETH Zurich for their support, as well as Philip Oettershagen from the Autonomous Systems Lab / ETH Zurich. We would also like to thank Paul Riseborough and Andrew Tridgell for very fruitful discussions and in general for their open source contributions in the field.

The long range search and rescue drone