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Termite ppk uas: unmanned aircraft system with high precision survey grade gnss receiver & modular sensor architecture

Termite ppk uas – an unmanned aircraft system (uas) with a high precision survey grade gnss receiver and modular sensor architecture aimed at remote sensing, ecological monitoring, vegetation and precision agriculture.

TERMITE ppK UAS innovation project aims to develop a disruptive sensor modular architecture for remote sensing with an emphasis on a high precision navigation GNSS receiver. The system will be implemented in a small unmanned aircraft, the TERMITE - a micro fixed wing unmanned aircraft system, developed by C-ASTRAL and powered by Septentrio GNSS navigation electronics. The unique characteristic of the TERMITE ppK system is that the sensors are modular, so you can easily exchange and replace them as needed for many different purposes - through a Plug and Play (PnP) method, replacing the sensors becomes as easy as changing a toner in a printer. The TERMITE ppK is intended for remote sensing activities in agriculture and ecological monitoring with high precision over larger land areas without need to measure additional ground control points. As part of the system we also envisage a components and systems health monitoring architecture (Online flight logbook) that will provide the users with use cycle and components health data, which will in turn enable higher productivity, fault prediction and mitigation and as a consequence seamless customer support and after sales logistics for spare parts. The modular sensor architecture in the TERMITE UAS will be the first system of its kind and we envisage that it will become part of the standard measuring technology for vegetation and ecological monitoring in various industries such as agriculture, forestry and infrastructure control. Business opportunities for this project are in fast growing target markets. In Europe and the wider global contexts, there is a lack of compact and fast systems for remote sensing, analysis and management of agricultural and forest complexes, by which additional value of products and better localized self-supply may be achieved. The existing solutions are expensive, slow, too demanding in infrastructure and price and consequently of lower usability in a wider context. In fact, the TERMITE UAS will enable precise and comprehensive access to data collection over desired areas. The drone will fly over the examined area creating conditions for precision farming and since the corrective measures on the agricultural lands will be used only in the areas identified as problematic, full scale optimization of resources will be enabled. During natural disasters, it will be possible to get data about affected areas in a very short time and field the most adequate intervention measures. In urban development, precise maps with GSD's of down to 1 - 2 cm will be able to be produced with the high precision, survey grade GNSS receiver developed by Septentrio. Septentrio AsteRx-m OEM, cm level position accuracy with or without real-time data link Objectives of the proposed solutions are: - to provide a faster, safer and more precise method of vegetation and ecological spatial data acquisition, - to increase cost-effectiveness in the production of agricultural products, - to decrease gas emissions in the environment and use of pesticides, - to increase the remote sensing capability in the forestry and infrastructure planning fields, - to miniaturize very capable sensors both on the level of spectral resolution and range as well as their capacity to produce large amount of quality remote sensing (RS) data, - to achieve competitive advantages in regard to quality, reliability and functionality of the system, - to achieve an excellent cost/benefit ratio and excellent organization of the after-sales activities. The following are the issues solved by the project: • ECONOMIC: In the field of the efficient use of agricultural and forest lands, the final users are challenged by high prices and poor accessibility to current and actionable spatial data, irrational use of chemical fertilizers and sprays in agriculture, especially on larger agricultural complexes that are difficult to supervise due to their large dimensions. The same could be stated for sustainable forestry management that is made difficult by the lower spatial resolution data currently available through classical (mostly satellite) derived datasets. • SOCIAL: Low quality of life is connected with unhealthy food of poor nutritional value, resulting from modern farming methods (use of pesticides, GMO’s etc). This problem is present also in the field of urbanism and land use planning, since effective and sustainable urban and land use planning is contingent on precise and actionable near real-time data access. • ENVIRONMENTAL: Large aircraft and terrain vehicles pollute the environment with emissions as well as noise. Lack of suitable solutions providing for fast sensing of changes in the environment (air quality, gases’ emissions, creation of illegal landfills, and similar). A small and compact system provides for a very efficient and ecologically friendly and safe solution
Acronym: 
TERMITE ppK UAS
Project ID: 
11 208
Start date: 
01-02-2017
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
970 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Aircraft technology
Market Area: 
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