Be a UAV pro (grammer)

December 14, 2017 Harriet Jenkins

New Zealand has a history of conquering the air. Richard Pearse was New Zealand’s first pioneer of manned flight, claiming to have flown on 31 March 1903, shortly before the Wright brothers.

Though the history books describe it as more of a hop than a flight, it is a great example of kiwi ingenuity leading the way.

New Zealand now has the opportunity to make its mark in the growing UAV sector. Key to success will be growing skills in this emerging sector.

At Udacity, we have just announced that we will be launching a course in early 2018 on how to programme “flying cars”.

The part time programme will cover: flight dynamics, autonomous flight, state estimation, perception, planning, vehicle dynamics and multi-vehicle control.

While this is an on-line programme, Udacity and Airways would like to invite participants to create a New Zealand-based group to collaborate on future developments.

We will be providing more details about the opportunity in the New Year. In the meantime, please get in touch at if you would like to know more. 

Course instructors include:

  • Nicholas Roy, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and the founder of Project Wing
  • Raffaello D'Andrea, co-founder of Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon and turned intothat company's robotics division 
  • Angela Schoellig, a professor at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies
  • Sebastian Thrun who ran Google X and is now the CEO of Kittyhawk
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