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WindShape Instrument among World’s Top Research Facilities

Caltech features its major research facilities worldwide - including WindShape drone aerodynamics facility, the Higgs Boson detector (CMS) at LHC (Geneva), the Hawaï Keck telescopes, the space telescope NuSTAR (aimed at black holes), and many others....

WindShape partners with New York

WindShape, a startup from our lab, in partnership with the New York State UAS Test Site, TruWeather Solutions and the NUAIR Alliance, used industry-leading micro-weather stimulations to test the impact of wind on the air worthiness and performance of various types of...

Simone Origone @ Mach 0.25

Simone Origone is speed skiing World Champion 2019. He was in our wind tunnel a few months ago for the little tweaks needed to be at the top. The speed world record could not be beaten as the track had to be shortened because of rough conditions.

WindShape @ CES 2019

WindShape, a startup from our laboratory at HES-SO, has been invited by Switzerland to showcase its wind & weather technology for drones at CES 2019 in Las Vegas (January 8-11). WindShape is being supported by the State of Geneva, House of Switzerland, and the Swiss...

Let it Snow

hepia and WindShape were at WSL Laboratory for Avalanches and Snow Research SLF to test out the feasibility of running a WindShaper at cold temperatures (-10 degrees Celsius) and seed dendritic snow (produced artificially by SLF) on a free-flying drone.

WindShape at NCCR Robotics Day

WindShape (a startup from our lab at HES-SO Geneva - hepia) was invited at NCCR Robotics, where the top robotic technologies in Switzerland were showcased. National Counselor, Philippe LEUBA, had a chance of witnessing the caldron of innovations, in particular those...

WindShape @ BostonGlobe-MIT-Harvard HUBWeek

WindShape  (a startup from our lab at HES-SO Geneva - hepia) is showcasing its wind & weather facility in Boston during HUBWeek 2018 - an innovation festival that was started 4 years ago by MIT, Harvard, and The Boston Globe among others.    Find...

Snowboarding/Skiing Aerodynamics is back!

It is snow season again. The French Ski Federation is back in the wind tunnel for rebooting his/her skiers and snowboarders.   Manon Petit Lenoir  Marie Bauchet, Paralympic Gold Medalist


The Swiss Team from HES-SO Fribourg wins the light boat competition. HydroContest is an international student competition organized by, to sensibilize younger generations to energy efficiency concepts in marine transportation. Students from Fribourg...

senseFly eBee X is here

In the last year, our laboratory has setup a state-of-the-art wind tunnel bench for developing the now-named senseFly eBee X. The experiments were run in the historical aeronautics-grade wind tunnel at ETHZ. The extensive campaign and long hours paid off and resulted...

New York 2018 Symposium – Weather Impact on Drones

We have been invited as panelists on the drone Weather Impact session for the 2018 New York UAS Symposium on Sept 11-12, 2018. Other colleague panelists will include Dr. Bill Mahoney, NCAR Associate Director and Director of the Research Applications Laboratory...

XXI Century Aerodynamics

At the International Symposium on Flow Visualization at ETH Zürich (June 2018), Streamwise, Vectoflow and WindShape (a startup from our lab at HES-SO Geneva - hepia) showcased their technology and gave us a glimpse on how aerodynamics will be done in the...

WindShape at World Economic Forum with Swiss President Doris Leuthard

On June 24-26 2018, WindShape (a startup from our lab at HES-SO Geneva - hepia) was invited by House of Switzerland to showcase its technology at the World Economic Forum (WEF) first Drone Innovators Newtwork workshop. Switzerland President Doris Leuthard was master...

Swiss Drone Volière

WindShape (a startup from our lab at HES-SO Geneva - hepia) has been invited by the Swiss Confederation and the State of Geneva to demonstrate Swiss leadership in drone technology, along with ten other major swiss drone manufacturers (senseFly, Flyability, Wingtra,...

A Home for WindShaper 1 – First Drone Wind & Weather Facility in the World, by WindShape Ltd

It is in many ways the wind tunnel of the 2020s (Dr Thomas ROSENBAUM, Caltech President) The place is the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the setting is an open space in the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories at Caltech (GALCIT), created in 1928 to house...

It is in many ways the Wind Tunnel of the 2020s.

To: The Caltech Community From: Thomas F. Rosenbaum Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics Date: December 7, 2017 Re: 2017 Year-End Message What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end...

Speed skiers at 250 km/h

Speed Skiers from the Spain national team and the Belgium national team were tested today at 250 km/h. In the picture, Ricardo Adarraga from the spanish national team has been testing his latest technologies and positions. His objective for the 2017-2018 season is to...

Inside the McLaren Racing Wind Tunnel

Cédric Michel-Grosjean, EPFL student, has been working at McLaren Racing Technology for his Master's thesis. While the work conducted during this activity is highly confidential, it allowed Cédric to live a lifelong dream. Because of his passion for the sport, Cédric...

Flying women

Women world cup ski jumpers from the French Skiing Federation flew in the wind tunnel today. Athletes included french star Julia...

Tour de France star, Romain Bardet, in the Wind Tunnel

Romain Bardet and the AG2R team trained in the wind tunnel before the 2017 edition of the Tour de France. These tests were done in collaboration with our longstanding client and collaborator, the French cycling equipment manufacturer...

Water Drone with Acoustic GPS

Luca Bardazzi, Bachelor student at HES-SO, designed, built and tested a complete underwater drone, capable of swimming around without any tether, thanks to the acoustic GPS technology developed by Norvegian company, Water Linked. Luca spent three whole months in...



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