Job Opportunity: NAVY project VTOL winged drone for Maritime Operations

The Dutch NAVY project focuses on the development of a mission with social impact: a demonstration drone capable of taking off and landing vertically on a ship while flying like an efficient airplane during cruise.

The concept is called a VTOL hybrid drone. The main power source of the drone will be based on fuel-cell technology. The VTOL will be installed onboard surface ships of the Dutch Royal Navy.

The VTOL main tasks will be:

  • Identification and classification of surface contacts up to and over the horizon. Later on, the type of contacts will be expanded to subsurface, air and land contacts.
  • Visual reconnaissance of the target ship during boarding operations.
  • Collection of intelligence during amphibious operations, harbor entrances, humanitarian operations, etc.

The project is set up in two phases, each consisting of one year. Phase 1 focuses on the maritime operation of the VTOL hybrid drone, with a special focus on take-off and landing on a moving platform. All developments made during Phase 1 are done with the fuel cell in mind, even when batteries are used. Phase 2 will focus on flight endurance and the integration of fuel cell technology into the VTOL hybrid drone. 

As the conditions at sea are very harsh, multiple test days per month are performed on a ship. Testing in real live conditions brings new insights and solutions to the challenges for drone operations in maritime conditions.

For more information on the project visit:http://mavlab.tudelft.nl/vtol-winged-drone-for-maritime-operations/

Job Description:

As a senior researcher/project engineer, you will be part of the team working on the NAVY project. The main task will be on designing control algorithms for VTOL Winged drones that transition 90 deg. both for during forward flight, transition, hover and precision spot landing. Together as a team, you have to meet the team deadlines, and you in person have to meet your personal deadlines. As a team member, you also have to help out during the production and building of the drones and help other team members during testing.

Requirements:

  • Master in Control and / or Aerospace Engineering
  • Nationality of a NATO country
  • Experience with programming (control loops) (in opensource) autopilots
  • Fluent in English or Dutch

You will be offered:

  • One year full-time contract at the TU Delft (with optional extension to maximum 3 years)
  • Working in the prestigious TU Delft drone lab MAVlab
  • Working in close relation with the Dutch NAVY drone team

Interested?

Please send your CV together with pictures and videos of your programming (hobby) projects to Bart Remes (b.d.w.Remes@tudelft.nl).