Water Waste Collection Drone


I'm planning to create a drone that goes across water bodies and collects waste. It's going to use a conveyor belt mechanism that will remove the waste from the body and store it safely in a compartment. I've chosen a 'catamaran' boat design that will provide adequate floating. 

I'm thinking of Modifying an existing drone and attaching that motor to my device. 

I also need some advice on materials. I'm currently thinking of using fibreglass to create the body of the drone. 

Any ideas on how I'm going to improve this will be appreciated. 

What do you think?

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Madeline Cunningham @ 2021.06.02 5:59 AM

What a clever idea!  The following organisations have provided support and retweeted your major design project.  I suggest reaching out to further develop your idea:

  • Additive Manufacturing Australia
  • Manufacturing Industry 4
  • Innovative Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Today
  • The Journal Australia

Deyan Stamatov @ 2021.06.04 7:01 PM

This reminds me of a similar drone,

Would probably be a good idea to check it out for some more ideas, but a great idea still!

Lynn Wood @ 2021.06.04 7:13 PM
Well spotted Deyan. The drone you mention was posted on IdeaSpies. The catamaran design may be a design improvement.

R Hainsworth @ 2021.06.28 10:36 AM

Great idea Chris, you might want to connect with JAR Aerospace. They are amazing

We have run some events in the past together and are an amazing success story. I haven;t talked to them for a few years, but if you connect with them say hi for me (Richard Hainsworth Brigidine College)

Michael Vespa Director of Sales JAR Aerospace Pty Ltd

M: +61 490 924 449



TerryC @ 2021.08.09 3:01 PM
What a great idea. Imagine if you could expand the idea to make a large size drone that could pick up say a tonne of material from the ocean or river and place it in a collection area. Having machines finish off the process that machines originally create. A nice mechanical loop 

R Hainsworth @ 2021.09.08 5:25 PM

Hi Chris, hope all is well with you and your loved ones. 

Congratulations on getting to the submission point of your MDP journey last Thursday.

Your project looks really interesting and we would love to see where you got with it. We hope that being part of the UpRising initiative has been rewarding and meaningful for you. 

As we wrap up the trial phase of the UpRising initiative and head towards the awards night in November I have a few quick questions.  If you could answer these questoins in a comment below that would be so great. We want to understand how UpRising assisted you so that we can etter help next year's cohort of designers. We are also curious to know if there is anything further you would like to do with your project.

1.      What were two interesting things that you experienced or found as a result of being part of the UpRising? 

2.      How did UpRising help you with your project?

3.      What would you like to do with your project and what would help you get there?

4.      How did seeing other UpRising projects affect your designing and learning experience? 

5.      What would you like to see added to the UpRising initiative to better help next year's students?


One last thing, can you add in a ‘Start to Finish’ photo of your project? Stitch a photo of early drawing or prototype next to an image of your finished product and update your post with this image.

Congratulations once again and looking forward to seeing you in November. You have done an amazing job and we are very proud of the 2021 cohort. 

See you soon

David @ THNK @ 2021.11.16 1:19 AM

That's a great idea, Chris.

Do you have decided yet on where and how the drone will unload the collected waste?



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