Bioinspired aerial robots for arts & entertainment,
and beyond...

About

We are a technological spin-off of the Delft University of Technology developing bioinspired drones for entertainment purposes (drone shows, theme parks, …).

Our drones fly by flapping their wings, just like birds or insects. The drones are based on technology developed within the DelFly project and are designed for performance, reliability, robustness, and emotions.

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Light weight
50 cm
wingspan
12
wingbeats per second
min
battery life
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INHERENTLY SAFE

Lightweight drone, no propellers. The wings of our Flapper Drones flap back and forth, gently bouncing off objects, causing no damage.

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VISUALLY ATTRACTIVE

The naturally moving wings give the Flapper Drones an attractive look, which can be further enhanced by custom organic-looking shells illuminated with programmable RGB lights.  

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NATURAL Sound

Drone = source of annoying buzzing noise?
Not anymore, the flapping wings of our drones produce a natural low-frequency sound that is less intrusive.
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fully CUSTOMIZable

The wings and body-shell of the Flapper Drones are fully customizable. The drone has sufficient thrust reserves to integrate a different autopilot system or additional sensors.

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Easy servicing

We design our Flapper Drones to be robust and easily serviceable. The critical components (wings, flapping mechanisms, ..) can be easily replaced in no time.

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AUTONOMOUS OPERATION

Flapper Drones can be controlled just like a quadrotor; up/down, forward/backward or sideways. It can be operated autonomously using a localization system (motion capture, UWB, GPS).

team

Matej Karasek with DelFly Nimble

Matěj Karásek

Co-Founder / ceo

Matěj is a mechanical engineer with a PhD in Engineering Sciences. He has 10 years of experience in development and research of flapping wing aerial vehicles at Delft University of Technology and at Université Libre de BruxellesMatěj is also a passionate mountainbiker and participates in long-distance bikepacking events.

Rick Ruijsink with DelFly

RICK RUIJSINK

CO-FOUNDER / cto

Rick is an experienced aerospace engineer. He spent a large part of his career as aerodynamics specialist in the automotive industry, and has been running an engineering consultancy company for the past 25 years. Rick is also an active participant of international RC-model-airplane competitions.

Join us

Interested to join our team?

INTERNSHIPS

As of October 2020, we have open positions for interns in the following fields:

    • Industrial design
    • Electrical engineering
    • Mechatronics & control
    • Sales & marketing

Full-time positions

Currently, we have no open vacancies.

Nevertheless, if you feel that with your skills you could be an invaluable addition to our team, spontaneous solicitations are encouraged!

To apply and for more information, please send your CV, a brief cover letter explaining your motivation to work with us and examples of you previous work to: jobs@flapper-drones.com

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