Oxford-founded startup Animal Dynamics that develops unmanned aerial systems inspired by biological concepts has raised £6 million in a Series A funding round led by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), with participation from Kindred Capital and Australian investment company Tanarra Capital.
Founded in 2015, Animal Dynamics focuses on three projects:
The first is called Skeeter, a small scale drone based on a dragonfly. Flapping wing propulsion offers significant gains over multi-copter drone designs, enabling the vehicle to tolerate higher winds, achieve lower power consumption and fly over an increased range.
The second project, Stork, a highly versatile logistics unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, designed to transport heavy loads in relation to the vehicle size and weight, and capable of covering large distances. The wing design is based on deep study of soaring birds.
The third is Malolo, a flapping propulsion water-based vehicle. Building on scientific insight into fish and cetacean movement is leading to efficiency improvements over traditional propeller designs.