Presentation of the DRONE – GEOMONITOR at the Institute of Aviation
As part of the cycle Night of Museums, the Aviation Institute made available to visitors an unmanned unit (hybrid airship – combination of a multicopter with an aerostat) made on the order of Konsorcjum – Przedsiębiorstwo Badań Geofizycznych, OPEGIEKA, Centrum Badań i Rozwoju Technologii dla Przemysłu, by the Polish contractor ADACO under the supervision of the Institute of Aviation.
link to the event – http://nocwinstytucielotnictwa.pl
The UAV is powered by 2 internal combustion engines Simonini with a power of 33 hp each and stabilized by a system of 4 electric motors NTM with a power of 5.5 kW each. Thanks to them it is possible to stabilize the object with an accuracy of up to 10 cm, which is an unprecedented result. The current coverage of the prototype UAV is 50 km but can be considerably increased, depending on the choice of technologies for powering the engines and the area of application.
The process of designing and testing the unit demonstrated its additional capabilities which will allow its use in many other areas. Works have already begun on a version of UAV with a smaller diameter of 3 m. The consortium intends to adjust the drone by optimizing the weight of the design and selecting equipment for both civilian and military use. Greater range and capacity will allow to broaden the spectrum of its capabilities – it will be able to perform tasks of border surveillance, reconnaissance and scout flights, reconnaissance flights during rescue. It is also planned to make versions with equipment useful on roads in the process of planning and monitoring the quality of national roads and motorways, as well as to monitor the condition of the energy infrastructure. In the latter case, possibilities are analyzed of powering the batteries of electric motors directly from the grid.
An absolute novelty of the drone is the system of rotors and the original control system, which in combination with the aerostat provide unprecedented performance in maneuverability and load capacity.
The unit is made for project no. IEOP.01.04.00-00-363/13, Project title: “Experimental adaptation of aerographic methods for the development of effective tools for monitoring the state of levees and other linear civil infrastructure” implemented under Operational Programme Innovative Economy 2007-2013, Priority 1. Research and development of new technologies, Measure 1.4 Support for goal-oriented projects