The research project will span 4 years from 2018-2022 and will comprise of a series of interlinked work packages. Below are some examples of the research currently being undertaken by the team and its partners.
Data collection using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors will be carried out. This high-resolution, point cloud data will be used to develop real-world environments for testing and developing algorithms associated with risk analysis, collision avoidance and unmanned traffic optimisation.
U-Flyte will develop a risk analysis framework based on static and dynamic asset datasets. This will facilitate efficient flight planning and operations within safe, shared and regulated air space. Efficient management of the air space will therefore encourage growth in the downstream drone markets, e.g. mapping & monitoring, precision agriculture and infrastructure inspection.
Check out this video from a flight test carried out in Ireland in June 2018. Here we are testing the payload capacity and operation of the DJI Wind drone with our state-of-the-art SFI-funded LiDAR scanner (Model: Riegl VUX-1UAV).
Our purpose-built drone operations ground station arrived to Maynooth University Campus in July 2018. This ground station comprises a mobile trailer with power supply to allow the U-Flyte team to undertake field-based research and drone operations tests in remote areas around Ireland. We will be deploying the ground station during our Marine Watch demonstrator in Waterford in September 2018 where we will assist project partners and team members with various communications, flying and tracking tasks.