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From water to air

The story of Carbonix began with our founder Dario Valenza’s vision and passion for elegant design in combining fluid dynamics and advanced composite materials. With an award-winning legacy in the marine industry, Carbonix has gone on to become industry leaders of aerospace solutions.
2011

Carbonicboats Pty Ltd was founded

Following a successful career in Amercia's Cup challenges, Dario Valenza founded Carbonix (then Carbonicboats) to develop and produce competitive radio controlled yachts and A-Class Catamarans.

Carbonicboats Pty Ltd was founded
2012

Started development of all-new A-Class catamaran platform

Dario and his team of composite technicians started in-house design and product development operations. Carbonicboats started the development of an all-new A Class catamaran platform and foil system.

Started development of all-new A-Class catamaran platform
2013

Produced the world’s first fully foiling A Class catamaran

By 2013 Carbonicboats was producing the world’s first fully foiling A Class catamaran and the business was featured in Australian Sailing Magazine

Produced the world’s first fully foiling A Class catamaran
2014

Carbonix manufacturing and design methods take the world stage.

A-Class catamarans of the New Zealand America's Cup Team were fitted with Carbonix appendages and took four of the top five places in the World Championships, as well as winning the junior category.

Carbonix manufacturing and design methods take the world stage.

Carbonix starts designing and building UAVs

Carbonix started its UAV journey, designing tooling and building our first UAV, the Cometa, in its Sydney workshop. The Cometa was designed by D3 Applied Technologies, who remain our close design partners.

Carbonix starts designing and building UAVs

Carbonix sells its first UAV

Carbonix sold and shipped its first UAV, the Cometa.

Carbonix sells its first UAV

Carbonix begins UNSW collaboration

To maintain our leading composite technology, Carbonix starts a collaboration partnership with UNSW on various aspects of composite engineering.

Carbonix begins UNSW collaboration
2015

Carbonix takes on its first investor

Entrepreneur Salvador Klein becomes Carbonix's first investor, to help the business grow its UAV production. Salvador is now Carbonix's CEO.

Carbonix takes on its first investor

Carbonix marine systems make the Olympics

Carbonix developed and supplied advanced control systems for Moth customers, including Olympic Gold Medal winners of the Australian Sailing Team.

Carbonix marine systems make the Olympics

Carbonix builds its first VTOL UAV

Carbonix designed and built the first VTOL pods to turn the Cometa into a fixed-wing multi-rotor UAV. Carbonix started offering VTOL pod additions to its airframe sales.

Carbonix builds its first VTOL UAV

Carbonix endorsed by Prime Minister

Carbonix has an official opening of its Cockatoo Island workshop, and receives endorsement from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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Carbonix endorsed by Prime Minister
2016

Carbonix sells its first VTOL UAV

Carbonix started importing the first VTOL version of its Cometa airframe to South Africa.

Carbonix sells its first VTOL UAV

Carbonix becomes member of CASA RPAS sub-committee

Carbonix became a member of the CASA UAS Standards sub-committee, a joint CASA and aviation community forum for the development of regulations and standards relating to UAS, including UAS operations, remote pilot licensing and unmanned aircraft certification, manufacture and maintenance.

Carbonix becomes member of CASA RPAS sub-committee

Carbonix finalises the designs for Volanti

To ensure maximum efficiency and aerodynamics, Carbonix upgrades the VTOL airframe design for its flagship power-lift drone, the Volanti.

Carbonix finalises the designs for Volanti
2017

Carbonix's Volanti is test flown for the first time

After months of in-house avionic integration, Carbonix starts test flying the Volanti with great results.

Carbonix's Volanti is test flown for the first time

Carbonix launches Volanti at Avalon

Carbonix attends Avalon Airshow as part of NSW Department of Industry's network, and launches the Volanti to the market.

Carbonix launches Volanti at Avalon

Carbonix starts selling the Volanti

Carbonix flies the Volanti publicly and starts selling the Volanti.

Carbonix starts selling the Volanti

Carbonix finishes the build on its next generation airframe

During 2017, Carbonix was working on a new power lift drone that can carry up to 5kg. The first Domani prototype airframe was built and finished in December 2017.

Carbonix finishes the build on its next generation airframe
2018

Carbonix receives its ReOC for power lift

Carbonix applies for and receives its RPAS operators certificate for operations using the Volanti. Carbonix pilots are also some of the first in Australia to receive their power lift licence for a sub-25kg power lift drone using the Volanti.

Carbonix receives its ReOC for power lift

Carbonix expands

Carbonix moves into its new production workshop in Artarmon.

Carbonix expands
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