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Internship in Optimization of Collision-Tolerant UAV Decoupling System

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Internship in Optimization of Collision-Tolerant UAV Decoupling System

Flyability SA

Place du Nord 8

1005 Lausanne


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Internship – Optimization of a decoupling system for a collision tolerant UAV

Title: Internship in Optimization of a decoupling system for a collision tolerant UAV

Location of Job: Lausanne, Switzerland

Starting date: Anytime

Date of posting: June 2016

Flyability is an EPFL spin-off developing and bringing to market collision-tolerant and safe drones.

The company aims at making a significant change in the use of drones by allowing them to enter

spaces where no robot can currently penetrate and allow them to fly in contact with humans without

risk. Flyability has received multiple awards for its innovative ideas and has a worldwide recognition.

Our first market is in industrial inspection and will be followed by the consumer and search and

rescue markets. We are looking for highly motivated engineers to join our team and work with us on

mechanical design and industrialization for a duration of 6 to 8 months.

For this internship, you will join the startup and work together with the members of the team

responsible for the design of the drone’s protection mechanism. Should a collision occur, the impact

is dissipated by the protective cage while the robot remains undisturbed thanks to the decoupling

system action. This passive protection is one of the main novelties brought by Flyability to the world

of UAVs.

Your mission will be to continue the research work on the influence of the decoupling system’s

parameters on its behavior during collisions. The final goal of this project is the optimization of this

decoupling mechanism.

A large part of this project will be held using a numerical rigid body model. You will have to improve

the existing MBDyn model in order to use it for parametric optimization. Another important aspect

will be practical testing, which will allow the verification of several hypothesis and the model

correlation. To do so, you will have access to our fully furnished workshop and test room.

This internship is open to the following profile:

• Master degree in Mechanical engineering ongoing or equivalent.

• Relevant experience and personal interest in numerical simulation. (MBDyn preferred)

• Good knowledge in rigid body elements / Dynamic.

• Autonomous, self-motivated and curious individuals who are not afraid of the unknown and

willing to learn fast.

• Proficient with CAD.

• Practical person.

• Fluency in English

Working in a startup is a challenging and incredibly rewarding social and professional experience which

may include one or many of the following side effects: countless hours of work, a constantly-reshaping

future, tight deadlines, an emotional roller coaster and a frequent necessity to relocate out of your

comfort zone.

Are you up for it?

If so, please send a resume and two relevant reports about past academic or personal projects (e.g.

Bachelor or Master project reports) to jobs@flyability.com with the title “Internship in optimization of a

decoupling system” and we’ll get back to you shortly.