Designing in the Air

Filmed on August 16, 2018 in San Francisco

Elroy Air is developing autonomous aircraft systems to deliver goods to the world’s most remote places. Building on the powertrain and perception technology enabling the hybrid-electric/autonomous vehicle revolution, their vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) cargo transport system can operate outside of airport infrastructure and carries 200+ lbs over 300 miles. In his talk, David will take a look at how design has helped to shape this aviation, and how it might advance in the future.

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Dave Merrill
CEO of Elroy Air

David Merrill is a technology executive and startup founder with a computer science and human computer interaction background. Alumnus of MIT, Stanford Computer Science and Symbolic Systems. TED speaker. Human-computer interaction expert. Drone builder. His work and companies have been featured by the Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Wired, Aviation Week and the New York Times.

Elroy Air is developing autonomous aircraft systems to deliver goods to the world’s most remote places. Building on the powertrain and perception technology enabling the hybrid-electric/autonomous vehicle revolution, their vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) cargo transport system can operate outside of airport infrastructure and carries 200+ lbs over 300 miles. Immediate aid and relief in disaster and firefighting situations, commercial cargo by air to expand delivery options, and rapid autonomous resupply for troops in the field. The team is currently 10 domain experts who were responsible for major products at industry-pioneering UAV firms (Airware, 3DR, Honeywell). They are completing the design of their full-scale aircraft while testing sub-scale aircraft and sub-system prototypes, and have strong customer interest from government and big commercial logistics.