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Aerospace Christchurch Meet Up #17: Projects To Inspire

April 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As this event name suggests, we will be hearing from our speakers about some of the inspiring new projects taking place in New Zealand.

About this Event

We have an absolutely superb line-up of speakers for our next Meet Up “Projects To Inspire” brought to you by our Gold Sponsor, Merlin Labs NZ.


Please note the below event information:

5.00pm – Networking in the Student Lounge (Building C)

5.30pm – Presentations commence in DLEC (Building DL)

Parking – Available at Ara (Coins only, no direct debit) or on Madras Street




Tickets: To help cover our organisation’s running costs, we are now charging $10 per ticket.  It’s still free if you’re an Associate or are live streaming. You can become an Associate via our website.

For people that can’t make it to the event, we will be offering a live webinar, so please register for that and select the Online Ticket option under ticket type.




Planned Presentations:


Helping To Save The World’s Rarest Dolphin With Technology

Tane van der Boon, CEO, Co-founder, MAUI63

MAUI63 has combined large UAV’s with computer vision artificial intelligence to collect data about critically endangered marine mammals. We will run through the different components of the project, some detail into the technology used and their journey to date.


I’ve Got A Cunning Plan – An Edible Drone

Phillip H arrall AFC MPhil, Windhorse Aerospace

Phillip has been involved with a number of start-up companies, three of his own and Windhorse Aerospace with a small team of four. Taking a dream and making it a reality is really hard, but managing expectations is harder.


Titanium Additive Manufacturing For Spacecraft

Peter Sefont, Technical Director, Zenith Tecnica

Zenith Tecnica, a contract manufacturer specialising in titanium 3D printing, has become a world leader of Electron Beam Melting (EBM) additive manufacturing since its establishment in 2014. Peter Sefont will highlight the benefits and capabilities that titanium 3D printing can offer to spacecraft manufacturing.


Defining And Achieving Success

Geraint Bermingham, Director, Navigatus.aero

Navigatus.aero specialises in aviation risk analysis, assessment and management. Geraint will discuss how success is achieved by first understanding risk in terms of objectives and the UAV Foundation Safety Case (FSC) model that Navigatus has developed. This FSC sets out the essential objectives (the success criteria) and provides a framework that enables the structured assessment of UAV systems to ensure the safe and successful integration of UAV into the national and the international aviation system.


Creating A More Connected Planet Through The Autonomous Air-Transport Of Goods And People

Shaun Johnson, CEO, Merlin Labs NZ

The Merlin Labs team is partnering with the Aotearoa aerospace community in order to build an autonomous aviation infrastructure that will enable the air transportation of goods, and eventually people, throughout New Zealand and the world.


Special Guest: Jessica Logopati , President, UC Aerospace will be giving us an update on the year ahead for the UC Aerospace team.


Hope to see you at the event!

Aerospace Christchurch


A special thank you to our Gold Event Sponsor Merlin Labs NZ!


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130 Madras Street
Christchurch, 8011
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