Back in November, we told you about the Fly Your Ideas alumni working towards zero emission flight. Now, 2019 finalists Kieran Duncan and Pia Maria Saelen from Team Osprey, the University of Strathclyde, UK, have formed an advisory council to help their start-up reach new heights!
Their Fly Your Ideas academic mentor Professor Andrew Heyes will lead the council as Mako Aerospace attempt to build the highest performance propulsion system in the world.
The team said, ‘To build the technologies required for zero-emission, fast and inspiring flight we need great people on board and this month we are happy to welcome our advisory council; Professor Andrew Heyes, Dr Min Zhang and Dr Patrick Norman. All three will be advising over the development of our demonstrator projects beginning in 2020.’
The advisory council are leading experts in the field of aircraft propulsion systems. Professor Heyes has over 30 years of experience in traditional aircraft propulsion systems. Dr Zhang specialises in the application of superconductors in electric propulsion systems and is the Vice Editor in Chief for IEEE Transactions on Superconductivity. Dr Norman leads a team of researchers at the University of Strathclyde’s electronic and electrical department. He has worked on projects with NASA and Rolls-Royce and brings his expertise in safety and fault management systems for electric propulsion.
Kieran and Pia are researching appropriate facilities, suppliers and funding in order to begin the development of technology demonstrators in Spring 2020.
The team are currently in Norway – which has been very public with its backing of electric aircraft projects – to meet customers, investors and interest groups to see where they can help in their electrification efforts.
Find out more: https://www.mako-aerospace.com/