Experience Project Skye
the omnidirectional spherical blimp

Join swissnex Boston, ETH Alumni New England Chapter and the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Graduate Student Association and experience Project Skye, the omnidirectional spherical blimp! In conjunction with the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival, the Project Skye student team, made up of 7 engineers, is traveling to the Cambridge-Boston area to give you a taste of the latest in Swiss science and technology. 

When: Friday April 12th, 2013  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: MIT State Center, Room 114, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02142


        6:00    Doors open, light appetizers and drinks served.

        7:00    Project Skye presentation.

        7:30    Networking Session with buffet catered by Swissbäkers.

        9:00    Event Closes

        All are welcome to join the Project Skye team at Meadhall following the event.

Project Skye presents a novel concept combining the elegant and energy efficient flight of a blimp with the precise handling characteristics of a quadrocopter. Thanks to its symmetrical mechanical design, Skye can orient itself in any direction. With its integrated camera system, Skye resembles a hovering eye in the sky which enables applications in countless situations thanks to its agility, long flight duration and high safety standards. 
Skye includes four motor platforms aligned tetrahedrally on the surface of a spherical hull. Each platform contains a rotor that may be turned in any direction tangential to the hull’s surface. The ability to hover midair is provided by helium – the propellers are merely used for movement and stabilization against wind.

This event is organized by MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) Graduate Student Association (GSA) and swissnex Boston and supported by ETH Zurich and Presence Switzerland.

Project Skye is supported by the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at ETH Zurich as well as Disney Research Zurich (DRZ).