Welcome to a New Era in Maritime-Capable Drones

UAV Visions

Trent Lukaczyk
FlightWave Aerospace Inc.

Trent is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of FlightWave Aerospace Inc. Previously, as part of the Aerospace Design Lab, he contributed to several projects, including the design of NASA's next-generation supersonic passenger jet, the development of an open-source aerodynamics simulation code called SU2, and the development of an open-source aircraft design code called SUAVE. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Stanford UAV club. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in June 2015.


Until recently, launching Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into a marine environment meant sticking close to land. Hovering over surf or cruising around a protected harbor was a limit on the potential scope of your mission. Controlling your aircraft from the beach or a pier was as close to the water as you dared get.

Aug 23, 2017 2:40:21 PM

Topics: Maritime

Duke Opens Drone Facility for Marine Conservation

Duke University will be joining the list of institutions utilizing drones for scientific research in the U.S. as it recently opened a new UAS testing facility at the Nicholas School of the Environment. The Marine Conservation Ecology Unmanned Systems Facility, as it is called, will conduct studies in weather research, such as hurricanes off the coast, the surveying of marine mammals, and the tracking of marine macro plastic distributions.

Aug 20, 2015 2:11:38 PM

Topics: Maritime