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All-weather drone landing platform developed in Tatarstan

20 Aug '21
Specialists of the Laboratory of Unmanned Technologies of the NTI Competence Center on the basis of Innopolis University have developed a landing platform for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The development is intended for photo and video monitoring of territories.

The system of autonomous monitoring of territories independently conducts a survey and transfers its results to specialists. It can be used to monitor agricultural land, construction and industrial facilities, protected areas and to monitor areas where landslides may occur.

The developers have provided automatic charging of the UAV, operation in the temperature range from -20 to +50 degrees, as well as work in the dark. The drone can fly without recharging for up to 60 minutes within a radius of 35 kilometers. The drone is equipped with a high-definition camera or lidar - the configuration depends on the customer's requests.

The development includes a take-off and landing station, a quadcopter and a control panel.
To start using the system, the operator only needs to install special software on a computer or smartphone and undergo training. Installation takes place via the Internet or via the remote control, as in the usual drones. The remote control range is 60 km, but there are no restrictions on the Internet, said Dmitry Devitt, a researcher at the Laboratory of Unmanned Technologies at Innopolis University.
According to the developers, one of the main advantages of the new system over analogues is the possibility reliable landing in gusty winds with an accuracy of 10 centimeters.
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