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Valdivia is a rapidly deployable system that allows for emergency responders to communicate after an earthquake has disabled traditional communications methods.

Developed on the insight that current systems lack haste and coverage, Valdivia provides cities with an affordable, scalable, fast emergency communications solution.




Ask the Experts

Through this project I was able to meet many skilled professionals who were thrilled to share their technical expertise.

On Location

One of the three relays in Pasadena right behind ArtCenter.

Get Technical

After visiting several relay locations and getting hands on with a variety different types of radio communication devices.

Try It

The only way to know in an idea is any good is by trying it. I hacked a hexacopter to carry the electronics of two cross linked VHF radios to effectively create a relay. With this drone I was able to increase a radio signal by 3 miles while theoretically it should have been more around 10.

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Current systems Miss the critical first 24 hours after a disaster

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Why: 2.7 Billion people live in an earthquake prone area

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Earthquakes are Massively Devastating when they occur




Finding new markets based upon interview and research insights

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Form Development


Body Shape

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Flight System


The three wide angle cameras allow the drone to autonomously navigate its environment without input from a human.


The hexagonal body shape allows batteries to be effectively packed into the main body. This shell is made of lightweight carbon composite.

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The three antennas transmit a digital radio signal as well as its location. The digital radio system allows for more channels to be operated with less power needed.


The radio relays can transmit up to 5 miles to a radio or another relay drone. Areas dense with obstacles, such as cities, may require more relays for a seamless network.

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A + and - charge plate is located on the top of the carrying case. Metal feet on the drone allow for autonomous charging without the need for human intervention or precise landing.


Each case has a unique charge grid. The pattern allows the drone to properly orient itself with the charging plate.


The case gets plugged into a gas generator using a standard electrical cord.

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