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The Australian Droid and Robot Team

Australian Droid + Robot (ADR) is the partnership of Dr Joe Cronin and Dr Dawid Preller who, between them, possess decades of experience in the design, construction and operation of remote vehicles. Specializing in the mining and defence industries, our extensive work in underground mobile fleet automation has demonstrated the overwhelming safety benefits delivered by removing people from hazardous environments.

Telepresence offers the capability to transform the way we work underground, with respect to inspection and data capture in inaccessible or hazardous areas. Be it the inspection of a seized raisebore, the remote laser scanning of an inaccessible area or projects requiring remote data collection, ADR can use their existing fleet or design, build and operate custom vehicles to satisfy your requirements.


With years of experience in the automation of large underground mining vehicles we have had to work at the highest possible safety standards in Australia. We bring these same standards into our ground robots and drones. All of our staff are degree qualified engineers, or are completing their final year of engineering (except for Hugh who is a qualified pilot and paramedic). We are also aviation enthusiasts; between us, we have hundreds of hours at the flight controls of Robinson R22s, R44s, Tecnams, Cessna 182s and Citabrias.

Meticulous development and testing ensures we at Australian Droid + Robot exactly understand the capability of our robots, drones and people. Our rigorous risk assessment, operating procedures and checklists are a combination of our mining and defence experience, our flying experience and the requirements of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). As a CASA approved operator (ReOC.0911), all of our pilots are fully certified and the company is fully insured including public liability insurance.


With two PhDs, a rocket scientist and a couple of masters degrees in the office, we possess a high level of technical expertise and capability. This capability extends to our full computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM) facilities that include CNC machining, Laser Cutting, 3D printing and computer controlled foam cutting.

From our custom built redundant robot controllers to the work we are completing on redundant flight controllers, low cost underground laser based navigation systems and software development; we have full in-house capability. Australian Droid + Robot can take a concept to reality faster than any other robot or drone company in Australia. We have built drones and robots for mapping, shaft inspection, fun, videography, thermal imaging, laser scanning, racing, communications and any number of other uses. Talk to us about your requirements today.

If you have an idea, we will make it fly…or roll…or crawl….safely


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