About Us

In a nutshell…

We are united in our desire to build a better world through the use of cutting-edge technology and a passion for solving major challenges through the local makerspace and UAV communities. Our core team comprises experienced practitioners in areas such as, engineering, outreach, robotics, aerospace, and logistics.

Our Focus…

The team’s current goal is participating in, and winning, the UAV Challenge Medical Rescue, taking placing on September 12th thru 14th, 2020 in Dalby, Australia. We’ll post periodic updates of our competition progress on the Team Blog.

Team RhinoHawk Origin Story

The Nova Labs Makerspace in Reston, Virginia, USA is a hub of innovation for everything from UAV technology to cyber security and woodworking. The facility is located near Washington DC, the heart of the nation and the source for policy initiatives. The team started as a way for members of the makerspace community to learn about UAV and drone technologies from each other, and experiment with the technologies that make up these vehicles.

RhinoHawk first iteration in UAV technologyIn June of 2013, the team entered into a wildlife competition to help the rangers in South African wildlife preserves stop rhino poachers. The competition brought us together and helped us to develop a core skillset in UAV design, fabrication, and testing. We named the team RhinoHawk and worked hard to build the best system we could.

We were saddened to hear that in March of 2014 the competition was cancelled before the final flights due to regulatory and financial issues.

But that is not the end of the story…

A new UAV Challenge was announced and we were poised to jump right in! We got the band back together and made a commitment to qualify for the finals by demonstrating an innovative vehicle aimed at providing medical services in remote areas.

Enter RhinoHawk EX quadcopter

Our current UAV design maintains the team name, but uses a whole new system. The core team members are still leading the charge, and we have recruited many additional team members to meet the requirements set forth in the challenge.

We have raised the funds to develop the RhinoHawk EX by teaching classes at our dedicated makerspace community, Nova Labs, including the robotics and drone communities. We attend outreach events and are open to suggestions for a fun gathering event! Contact us and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.