Mon, November 18, 2019

At the end of Term 3, Year 11 and Year 12 students designed and manufactured their own drone, created for the purpose of deploying medical equipment. 

Throughout last Term, the LINQ Precinct’s Rapid Prototyping lab was filled with students, parents and experts who have been collaborating to manufacture, engineer and code a remote-controlled drone with the purpose of delivering an epi pen. 

The drone uses a Pixhalk flight management system as its main control system. This set up relies on python coding as its open source system to manipulate and determine the aircrafts flight path. It also uses a flight mapping system which allows for autonomous manipulation of the flight path and is equipped with the latest GPS and GLONASS system to ensure location accuracy at any given time. 

In addition to the above, the drone also uses a video transmission system for a distance of 5km which allows for long distance viewing, and accurate deployment of the medical package. 

Sheldon College’s Design students successfully dispatched their aircraft and the epi-pen during a test flight at the College. The test flight was managed by a student who, through study at the College has become a fully licenced drone pilot. 

Congratulations to the following students for the part they each played in the making of this successful project:

o Jye Halliwell – Team Leader (Mission Planning/ Flight Management) 

o Dean Vuilleumier – Team Leader (Team Management/ Aircraft Assembly Coordinator) 

o Kristopher Toombs – Aircraft Pilot

o Riley Hoekwater – Secondary Aircraft Pilot (Drop Capsule) 

o Thomas Kelly – Aircraft technician (Drop Capsule)

o Thomas Loewenich – Aircraft technician (Drop Mechanism)  


A short video of when the students successfully launched their newly developed aircraft for the first time.