Attention Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Experts (and General Do-Gooders)!

ARIA and are seeking an UAV expert interested in the development of an UAS (an Unmanned Aerial System = UAV + Base station) for a project at the Burning Man festival.  For this project, we will be delivering a system that is capable of tracking a person (via GPS enables tracker) and delivering a payload to their dynamic location.  This project is a proof of concept solution to be tested in the unforgiving terrain of Black Rock City, Nevada.


Specifically, we need someone who is in the Bay area (or can come to the Bay Area) in August and attend the Burning Man festival for the duration of the test project. This person should be able to assemble, troubleshoot and fix both hardware and software problems on the spot. They also need to be able to integrate the system in the three weeks prior to Burning Man. We will be able to facilitate entry to the event and provide a location to work on the UAV in the Bay Area. 

The goal is to build an UAS (unmanned autonomous system - vehicle + base station) based in a shipping container. The retrofitted shipping container would be the workshop / base station used to charge and deliver objects to dynamic GPS-enabled points. 

The Burning Man project will serve as a proof-of-concept for an open source network of retrofitted shipping containers that can be used to exchange goods and services in regions of the world that have no existing infrastructure, thus addressing the “last mile” challenge. All the development will be open source and will be published with the goal of making this network open for everyone to continue iterating and deploying.

About ARIA:

ARIA stands for Autonomous Roadless Intelligent Array and it is an open source company that is collaborating with Reallocate in autonomous logistics infrastructure projects.  ARIA builds autonomous logistics infrastructure to leapfrog traditional road infrastructure and unlock economic opportunity.


About ReAllocate:

ReAllocate enables world class talent to successfully address real world problems. We are a global nonprofit organization made up of volunteer innovators, technologists, designers, and business brains to address humanitarian challenges.


If you or someone you know might be interested in this project please free to contact Dara at


Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.


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Comment by Arturo Pelayo on July 13, 2012 at 6:58am

Along with Dara, I am also able to answer any questions you might have for ARIA and what the big vision is.

Comment by Robert Pigeon on July 14, 2012 at 5:48pm

I will do it for 2 tickets.

Comment by Arturo Pelayo on July 14, 2012 at 6:23pm

Robert- I think you are missing the point of the intent of the project.

Comment by Robert Pigeon on July 14, 2012 at 10:18pm

It was a joke Arturo  I go to Burning man every year but I could not obtain tickets with years lottery bs.

Comment by Ziv Marom on July 16, 2012 at 11:13am

Hi Guys, Im in San Francisco and would love to join you, I go to BurningMan every year, and this year, i want to bring 6,8 and 12 motors platforms

contact me ASAP, i can come to meet you anytime ;)

Comment by Arturo Pelayo on July 17, 2012 at 10:35pm

Ziv, thanks! Our San Francisco team will get in touch shortly

Comment by Ziv Marom on July 18, 2012 at 10:35am

Sounds great! looking forward! 


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