About Us

In a nutshell…

The Rhinohawk team is comprised of dedicated volunteers from all disciplines, both technical and non. We are united in our desire to build a better world through the use of cutting edge UAV technology and a passion for solving major challenges through the maker community. Our core group are experienced practitioners covering areas from from designing and building systems, to raising funds and leading marketing programs.

The team’s current goal is participating in and winning the UAV Medical Express Challenge in Australia, taking placing in September 2018. Our UAV competition status status can be tracked across our social channels with full progress reports posted on our Team Blog page.

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Team RhinoHawk Origin Story

The Nova Labs Makerspace in Reston, Virginia, USA is a hub of innovation for everything from UAV and drone technology to cyber security and woodworking. The space is located right next to 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 electronics, structures, and physics.


In June of 2013 we 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 are currently planning additional events and are open to any suggestions you, the community, have for a fun gathering event! Contact us for any suggestions and stay in the know by following us on Instagram and Facebook.