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Flyability takes on DARPA SubT challenge with team CERBERUS

By admin In UAV News

08

Oct
2018

Flyability takes on DARPA SubT challenge with team CERBERUS

Flyability joins the DARPA SubT Challenge granted team, CERBERUS, led by University of Nevada, Reno, along with international partners including ETH Zurich, University of California, Berkeley, and Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Project CERBERUS will bring groundbreaking robotic solutions into the field of subterranean deployments. With the goal of supporting public safety professionals in time-sensitive operations or disaster response scenarios in underground environments, CERBERUS envisions the collaboration of walking and flying robots able to perceive the world beyond human’s ability. Through the combination of best of bread products and research projects, it will provide field experts with an autonomous, robust, and reliable way to fulfil their mission even in an unpredictable, and hostile subterranean setting.

“The environments where the challenge is taking place have a lot in common with those where our customers are deploying Elios daily,” says Adrien Briod, CTO, Flyability. “Taking part in the prestigious Subterranean DARPA challenge is an opportunity to collaborate with university laboratories and companies which are the best in their R&D fields.” Flyability is now recruiting specific profiles opening the door to talented graduates to join the Flyability adventure and contribute to the success of team CERBERUS.

Set to win the DARPA SubT Challenge, team CERBERUS will compete in a series of events putting technological innovations to the test, against the rough realities of subterranean environments. These events will include the autonomous exploration of a man-made tunnel network (“Tunnel Circuit”), a multi-level urban underground structure (“Urban Circuit”) and a natural cave environment (“Cave Circuit”). Finally, the “Final Event” will bring together all of these environments pushing the challenge to its climax. The first circuit is scheduled for August 2019.

Team CERBERUS is based on an international collaboration between the Autonomous Robots Lab at the University of Nevada, the Robotic Systems Lab of ETH Zurich, the Autonomous System Lab of ETH Zurich, the HiPeR Lab of U.C. Berkeley, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and Flyability. The cumulative expertise of the team enables the successful development and reliable operation of the CERBERUS system in the SubT Challenge.

About Flyability

Flyability is a Swiss company building safe drones for inaccessible places. By allowing drones to be used safely inside cities, inside buildings, and in contact with people, it enables new interactions and services with UAVs. With Elios, Flyability solves the two most critical issues of one of the fastest growing industries: collision and injury risks. The company’s first market is in industrial inspection where it avoids sending people in dangerous and confined spaces for the inspection of Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Mining, Chemical, or Maritime infrastructures. It is also active in Search & Rescue and Security to assess emergency situations without putting humans at risk. Flyability is the winner of the 1M USD Drones for Good Award and over 15 other technology and business prizes.

More information on www.flyability.com / @fly_ability

Published at Mon, 08 Oct 2018 15:25:11 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}North Dakota State University’s Herbicide-Spraying Drone Covers 33 Acres in an Hour

North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department has purchased an herbicide-spraying unmanned aerial vehicle that can carry over four gallons of liquid and autonomously disperse it for 30 minutes at a time, covering around 33 acres of crops in one hour.

According to the Brainerd Dispatch, NDSU engineers unveiled the six-foot-wide AG V6+ drone earlier this month, and acquired it to further develop the department’s “smart farm” project that’s rooted in using high-tech systems on one-quarter of land. A similar project focused on cattle is currently underway in Dickinson, called “smart ranch.” Upon completion of each proposed and tested method, economists will analyze the various systems and assess how efficient and financially viable they’d be in large-scale, real-world implementation.

Drones in agriculture have seen a pretty substantial increase in the past few years, as unmanned aerial technologies and autonomous software have become both more affordable and technologically sophisticated. Use cases for UAVs in this particular industry range from cattle and sheep herding to crop monitoring and planting.

NDSU, which has partnered with companies like Microsoft for this initiative, paid $18,000 for the agriculture drone, and has already trained one technician and two graduate students to properly utilize it. The drone, manufactured by Las Vegas-based Homeland Surveillance & Electronics, can be manually piloted via joystick or sent on autonomous spraying missions.

The plan is to deploy it in precise areas of land that require a certain amount of herbicide and are plagued by weed problems, without the need for a high-resolution imaging drone. John Nowatzki, NDSU engineer in charge of the “smart farm” project, said the only other UAVs capable of autonomous herbicide-dispersement currently in operation are at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Texas, and at the University of Nebraska.

According to Nowatzki, the NDSU plans to fill the herbicide tank with dye this August, to deploy the autonomous drone above water-sensitive papers and assess the system’s accuracy, coverage, and application rate. “It’s not something that’s going to compete with aerial applicators or ground-sprayers,” Nowatzki explained. “We see it as having an application for small weed patches and for rangelands to spray species like leafy spurge.”

As for the drone itself, the AG V6+ is a six-rotor, battery-powered drone with a carbon-fiber chassis. The spray boom can be modified to either disperse herbicide across a six-foot-wide area or spray more precisely for more targeted scenarios. “If you’re going to do specific locations, you’re going to have to press the trigger when it goes to those locations,” said Nowatzki, explaining that a manual component would be necessary for the latter.

In either case, the UAV would hover at an altitude of six feet or less, with no damage to the crops or soil beneath. Additionally, all of this would be accomplished within the line of sight, ridding the user of dealing with the Federal Aviation Administration’s beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) regulations. “We are only flying it within line of sight,” Nowatzki said, adding that the drone and its autonomous guiding system would have “no difficulty going a mile and back.”

Ultimately, though this is a fairly expensive drone, successful testing and correlated reaffirmation of a system like this could result in increased, scaled-up implementation. We’ve been seeing farmers and ranchers gravitate to drones and their practical use-case-specific software for quite some time now, with this university’s purchase seeming like yet another indication of the technology’s continuous appeal.

http://www.dronefromchina.com/Sprayer.html

Published at Mon, 08 Oct 2018 14:11:27 +0000

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