Maria Montero

Oxford University’s Animal Dynamics spin-off raises ¬£ …

Oxford-founded startup Animal Dynamics, developing unmanned aerial systems inspired by biological concepts, has raised £ 6 million in a Series A funding round led by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), with participation from Kindred Capital and Australian investment company Tanarra Capital.

Founded in 2015, Animal Dynamics is currently focused on two projects that appear to be primarily aimed at the defense sector.

The first is called Skeeter and is based on the blueprint of a dragonfly’s body, which, as we have learned on the startup’s website, is nature’s most successful predator. The test vehicles are 120mm long, weigh less than 50g, and can reach speeds of 45km / h.

The second project, Stork, is a range of unmanned aerial transport vehicles based on powered paraglider wing technology (pictured above). Low-cost stealth machines are expected to be capable of carrying 30 kg to 100 kg, depending on the model.