Airgility is an early-stage unmanned aerial systems company uniquely combining:
Engineering: We combine the best characteristics of a helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, and quadcopter to create unmanned aerial systems with great flight efficiencies.
Performance: The engineered flight performance enables us to include higher level on-board computing without loss to flight time.
Effectiveness: The higher-level on-board computing allows the implementation of in-flight algorithms and AI to de-risk flight operations and enhance mission autonomy.
Adoption: We have a common architecture across multiple platforms allowing us to address multiple use cases with far less integration and effort than other platforms.
Manufacturing: 3D printer friendly design, vehicle body structure over 90% printed for quick scalability, engineering response to need, and part creation.
It all started with an idea in 2006 for the University of Maryland’s Design, Build, Fly Team. The design was inspired by the forgotten Vought V-173 “Flying Pancake.” Evandro realized that if actuation could be added to the propulsion system, he could create a vehicle capable of taking off and landing without a runway and of flying forward with superior efficiency when compared to systems with similar capabilities.
In 2015, Evandro disclosed the invention to the Office of Technology Commercialization and filed the provisional patent. Soon after, construction began on the initial idea, called HorseSHU (HS-1) (named after the Chesapeake Bay’s horseshoe crab). Upon successful completion of the prototype build, Evandro and Pramod founded Airgility Inc. in April of 2017. To further de-risk flight operation of HorseSHU’s highly unique and large design, a smaller test bed was needed. To fill this need, the miniSHU (MS-1) was designed to scale down from HorseSHU’s 6 foot diameter footprint to the size of a large dinner plate. The shell design of the vehicle, similar to a horseshoe/terrapin’s shell, proved highly favorable to 3D printing and proved useful in many other applications.
In the summer of 2018, inspired by a cartoon popular during the early 2000s, CatDog, the front halves of two miniSHU vehicles were attached back to back, beginning the design process of what is now known as the CatDog (DS-1). As the drone industry continues to evolve, Airgility is pushing the boundaries of innovation to keep our drones on the leading edge.