SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore's (NUS) Team Frogworks had the opportunity to showcase their project - a personal flying machine named Snowstorm - at the London edition of technology event Founders Forum this month, but did not imagine that Prince William would end up showing interest in it.
The Duke of Cambridge spent half an hour sitting in the machine, trying out the controls and talking to the team, according to a post on NUS' website on Friday (Jun 17).
"Himself a helicopter pilot, (Prince William) immediately understood our business proposition, which is to give members of the general public unique flying experiences. He was amazed to see that this is possible now … eager to hear the technical details … and appreciated the engineering solutions developed by the students," said Associate Professor Martin Henz from NUS Computer Science and NUS Engineering, who supervises Team Frogworks together with Dr Rangarajan Jegadeesan from NUS Engineering.
Snowstorm is designed to carry a single person of up to 70kg and is capable of vertical take-off and landing. The machine is the brainchild of the Frogworks programme, a collaborative effort of the NUS Faculty of Engineering’s Design-Centric Programme and the University Scholars Programme.
NUS said the team planned to conduct unmanned flights to showcase Snowstorm at the event.
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The team is currently "in talks to explore the far-reaching possibilities" of the machine, NUS added.
"We did our best to explain the purpose and motivation behind Snowstorm to the attendees of the forum … we managed to achieve what we initially set out to do, build good connections with other founders and potential investors,” NUS electrical engineering student Zufar Adnan said.
He added that it was “a great honour” to have Prince William show an interest in Snowstorm and encouraged the team to further develop the device and break into the consumer market.