One of the prime applications that we are targeting with our solar-powered UAVs is to provide aerial support in large-scale disasters. From October 21st – 31st, in the Aventura AtlantikSolar@Brazil project, we had the chance to directly support our Brazilian partners through the first real-life (i.e. outside of research projects) disaster support mission with AtlantikSolar. Requested by SIPAM (Brazilian Amazon Protection System, part of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense), we were tasked to perform aerial sensing and mapping around the site of a disaster – a sunken ship that involved over 4400 dead cattle and 750t of oil spill – that had happened 2 weeks before.
In September, ASL’s fixed-wing team participated in the final land-based Search-and-Rescue demonstration of the EU-funded ICARUS project in Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium. Aerial robots, including ASL’s long-endurance AtlantikSolar UAV, where tasked to perform mapping and inspection missions in order to support ground robots and the Belgian B-FAST first response team in their relief efforts. Our UAVs stayed airborne for around 4 hours, all while providing live imagery of the disaster area to ground-based relief teams and the interested public. A video of the event is shown below, further information about the event can be found here.
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Two weeks after having demonstrated AtlantikSolar’s first 24-hour flight , the fixed-wing team of ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab has reached another milestone: A continuous flight of its 6.8kg AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that spanned a total of 2316km and … Continue reading
Impressions from an autonomous environment mapping mission using pre-computed paths with guaranteed coverage as performed by the AtlantikSolar UAV prototype on its test flight #24 in Rothenthurm, Switzerland.
ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) is proud to present a new cooperating partner for the AtlantikSolar project: Volz Servos, a company leading in actuator manufacturing since 1983 that has been supplying actuators to a significant amount of high-value Unmanned Aerial Vehicle projects. Continue reading
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of you from AtlantikSolar and all the robots of the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich! Thanks for following us and stay tuned for exciting research & news in 2015!
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Following the demonstration of more than 12 hours of continuous flight endurance with AtlantikSolar AS-1 in summer, the AtlantikSolar prototype (AS-P) has performed a continuous 6-hour aerial mapping flight with a full mapping payload in winter conditions on AS-P Test … Continue reading
The two solar-powered long-endurance Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) developed by the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich – AtlantikSolar and SenseSoar – have recently been featured in the SPARC (the partnership for robotics in Europe) issue on “Success stories” in robotics! Have a look at the full article here!
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AtlantikSolar AS-1 performed the first continuous 12-hour flight on Monday 18th of August. The flight was performed to test the battery performance, i.e. to verify the aircraft endurance during zero-sun conditions as during night. After 12hrs and 22minutes of flight … Continue reading