The Search and Rescue Aerial Association - Scotland (SARAA) tasked us to design an aircraft capable of life-saving missions in extreme weather conditions; Aurora is our solution. The tiltrotor quadplane design allows for fast deployment in time-critical scenarios, without sacrificing range. Packed with an advanced thermal / visual camera system and innovative route planning technology – Aurora is our largest and most ambitious project to date.

About Us

Team Bath Drones is a group of undergraduates at the University of Bath who design, build and test Unmanned Aerial Systems. We have a history of developing innovative flying wing designs which we have competed in the IMechE UAS Challenge with consistent success.


Supported By

GKN Aerospace is a world-leading aerospace supplier. As the primary project partners, they provide us with state of the art manufacturing support, as well as taking on one of our team for a summer placement.


SARAA - Scotland use drones to support life-saving missions in Scotland. They have provided us with an invaluable understanding of the demands of the mountain search and rescue environment.


Volz specialise in the development and manufacture of high precision servo motors. These will enable us to vastly improve the build quality of our aircraft, and give us the peace of mind that Aurora will fly reliably in harsh conditions.

Yokogawa  is a leading provider of Industrial Automation and Test and Measurement solutions. They have provided us with a high precision power analyser which will enable us to improve our propulsion system.


Abel & Imray is one of the oldest patent and trademark attorney firms in the UK. Their support has allowed us to host a grand unveiling event for the first time.

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The Faculty of Engineering and Design provide us with the facilities and funding that makes all of our work possible.


The University of Bath Alumni Fund enabled us to work through the summer to refine and develop our first prototype.


The CREATE Education Project provides resources to promote 3D printing in schools. The Ultimaker they allow us to use helps us create fast protoypes for new ideas.


MTJB Engineering are experts in systems engineering with expertise to offer on the full aircraft lifecycle. 


Altair is an industry leader in simulation, focusing on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesise and optimise designs, processes and decision making.


RS Components is the leading distributor of Electronic, Electrical & Industrial components. They provide customers with the peace of mind that the components they are purchasing are reliable and robust.


Igus are the worldwide expert for plastic solutions in motion. Their high quality parts will improve our moving components whilst reducing costs.


Bath Wilts and North Dorset Gliding Club kindly allow us access to the airfield. This opportunity is essential for the flight testing that is the backbone of our development process.

Marble offer end-to-end integrated solutions for patrolling large areas with UAVs. Their services include patrolling of marine protected areas to identify illegal fishing activities, inspection of territorial waters and responsive aerial support for aerial mapping and disaster relief.


C12 Composites have been producing high quality carbon and glass fibre components for over 25 years, covering a wide range of applications with their services. The calibre of their work is trusted trusted by some of the leading names in motorsport, aeronautics and academia.


Accu specialises in the development of fasteners and hardware for use in complex sub-assemblies. Our fastener kits and iFixit tools go everywhere with us.

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