Team / About Us

Our Mission

SearchWing Augsburg develops and builds unmanned aerial vehicles to find people in distress at sea. We are an independent non-profit organisation of volunteers with equal rights. We help all humans in distress regardless of origin, nationality, religious or political believes. The drones will only be used to find people who want to be found. We provide our drones to all organisations who pursue these same objectives. We will not provide third parties with drones or sensitive technologies who have objectives that do not comply with the objectives of SearchWing. We inform about our work in order to highlight the situation of people in distress. The current focus of our work in the mediterranean sea is due to the humanitarian catastrophe there. The current search and rescue activities in the mediterranean are only a fight against a symptom of the current border policy of the EC. We support the request of the UNHCR for safe and legal pathways and we support the request to establish a european search and rescue organisation.

Why did we start the project

I watched the 2016 CCC talk of Steini, Ruben Neugebauer and Bentho in spring 2017 who proposed the idea of a light drone which can support the search activities of civilian search and rescue organisations like SeaWatch e.V., Sea-Eye e.V., Proactiva Open Arms and ResQship e.V. in the mediterranean sea. In May 2017 I proposed the idea to students of the Hochschule Augsburg and the founding meeting took place on 8th of May 2017. The combination of technical challenges to build a drone and the feeling to do something about the huge number of humans drowning have driven us since. – Friedrich Beckmann

Possible Misuse of our project

As our mission is clearly to help rescue people, we see that our technology can also be used for other purposes. We put most of our work under Open Source, freely accessible to anyone. Some parts, that are critical, when it comes to misusage, we do not put openly, but only on request and review and joint decision of the SearchWing team.

Our Team (an alphabetical order)

Anna Pfützner
Working on the “Return to Ship” solution and keeping our inventory tidy (thank god – otherwise we would be lost!) Founding member of the SearchWing Project, active also recruiting new Read More
Björn Hauffe
Fast cars – fast yachts.
Christian Panhans
Christian can see the waves above 100MHz and does highfrequency telemetry modems and other mystery “things”.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Friedrich Beckmann
Founding Member of the project, heart and soul of the project. Head thinker and head motivator!
Gregor Walter
Gregor likes planes.
Jonas Gehrke
Heart and soul of the project – experienced builder, working on the Return-To-Ship together with Anna. Our beloved project leader and meeting moderator 🙂
Lukas Hörwick
Mr. 3d Printer – very good skills not only in designing and printing the right parts, but also in finding them at the lab 🙂 Our designated and skilled “plane Read More
Maximilian Amann
ROS- and Raspberry Wiz – making sure the pics are not only taken, but also tagged properly and reliably. Working together with Petrosilius on the image recognition.
Working on the image recognition part of the drone with Max.
Simon Kunzmann
Working on the plane team to make our plane reliable and easy to use. Excellent log analyst and error seeker!
Stephan Müller
Hardware and plane expert – known for his fearless usage of rubber sealing skills – AKA “Mr. PlasiDipp”