Making a positive impact with drones
Millions of people in rural areas don’t have access to life-saving medical aid. With drones, we can increase healthcare acces and make a positive difference.
DroneTeam Twente is a University of Twente student team developing humanitarian aid delivery drones. Our mission is to innovate and accelerate the drone industry. Currently, we have won three prizes at the annual iMechE UAS Challenge.
World’s first 3D-printed box-wing drone
Our drone Thunderbird is a high-range, low-cost drone developed for autonomous aid delivery.
With its lightweight 3D-printed design it carries a payload of 3kg with a wingspan of 1.9 meters. It has a VTOL system, meaning no runway or infrastructure is needed to deliver humanitarian aid. We aim to fly our first test mission in 2022.
July 9, 2022
After a year of hard work developing the revolutionary Thunderbird drone, DroneTeam Twente takes home the Media & Engagement Award from their participation at the 2022 iMechE UAS Challenge. This award is given to the team that has engaged most effectively with media, social media, schools and local students as part of the STEM Outreach Programme in England.Read more
June 13, 2022
Last monday, Dutch minister of Climate and Energy Rob Jetten has visited DroneTeam Twente as part of his visit of the Future Factory in Enschede.
During his visit, we were able to present to him our ideas and speak with him about our role in the drone industry as a student team working towards a more equal and sustainable future.Read more
May 12, 2022
Last Wednesday, DroneTeam Twente unveiled their newest drone to the world in the Concordia Theater: Thunderbird. The drone is designed for efficient medical aid delivery and uses a unique wing design that improves efficiency. With the aircraft, the team will compete against over thirty other teams at the 2022 iMechE UAS Challenge, where the drone will carry out a simulated rescue mission.