Drone Research Project
Demonstration project for the usage of fully autonomous drones in security CBRNe, sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) and European Defense Agency (EDA)
About This Project
DroneHub AUDROS is a demonstration project for the usage of fully autonomous drones in security CBRNe (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) applications. The project is sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) and European Defense Agency (EDA).
A fully autonomous drone based system means that, after setting up the operating parameters, the operator no longer intervenes in the drone’s operation. In this case, two applications were selected for the demonstration project. First, applications for monitoring large-scale interventions, such as fires in industrial facilities, large-scale accidents, etc., and second, an automatic system for capturing enemy drones carrying potentially dangerous CBRNe cargo, spray substances, radioactive substances, or explosives.
The goal of the project is the implementation of a fully functional solution in real conditions. Sensor mounting is modular and industrially scalable for commercial production and application.
Fly4Future has developed a solution for capturing enemy drones.
Military & Defense
A small drone carrying a CBRNe weapon represents a significant threat, requiring necessary action.
The use of drones to traffic drugs and weapons is predicted to become a widespread issue in the coming year.
Critical Infrastructure Protection
A growing number of serious incidents involving critical infrastructure, including terrorist activities and cyber threats, require new approaches to protection.
Signals from the Terrestrial Control Station are transmitted over WiFi. Commands or positions are received by a radio transceiver (Ethernet protocol) and forwarded to an autopilot Pixhawk 4 Mavlink protocol over UART. The Pixhawk is directly connected with an on-board computer, which controls autonomous flight. If the on-board computer detects a command for starting autonomous flight mode, it immediately takes over the flight control.
As the intruder is expected to be a moving flying object (UAV), it is possible that when the hunter reaches the given position, the intruder has already moved to a different position. Therefore, the terrestrial control station can update the intruder’s position at any time, and the on-board computer of the hunter will immediately navigate it to the new target position.
The operator can stop the autonomous flight mode and return the drone hunter to manual flight mode at any time by transmitting the corresponding command. In that case, the hunter immediately stops the ongoing action and stays in the current position, waiting for further commands.
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