Global UAV Technologies Ltd., a diversified, vertically integrated drone technology company, recently announced that Global UAV and Planck Aerosystems Inc. had successfully executed a fully autonomous landing and takeoff from a moving off-road vehicle with one of Global UAV’s research and development UAVs from NOVAerial Robotics Inc.
The exact landing and takeoffs were made possible by the incorporation of precision flight control software technology from Planck. The software enabled the Procyon 800E UAV to independently take off and land from Moving Vehicles and marine vessels of diverse sizes. The dedicated landing and takeoff capability, the first for a single rotor helicopter platform of this type, enables real-world helicopter surveillance and response expertise to a market of small vehicle and small vessel consumers like Coast Guards, border patrol, disaster response, environmental monitoring and search and rescue operations. The Procyon 800E is suitable for takeoff and landings from moving vehicles and maritime vessels thanks to its high speed, high wind tolerance, superior payload capacity, and endurance compared to multicopter UAV’s.
“The integration of Planck Aerosystems’ technology will help position our UAV products as the best in class for fully automated landing and takeoff operations from moving ships and vehicles. The market opportunities for drones that can operate from small ships and vehicles are large and currently underserved. They include public safety and security, government and industrial applications,” said Michael Burns, CEO, Global UAV Technologies Ltd.
“The Global UAV Procyon is a powerful platform for a variety of use-cases on its own, but with the integration of Planck’s autonomy software, it has become a game-changing asset for operators in the off-road and offshore environment. Global UAV continues to push the envelope of single-rotor UAV technology, and we’re glad to be a part of that effort here at Planck,” said Josh Wells, CEO, Planck Aerosystems, Inc.
NOVAerial Robotics, based in Kemptville, Ontario, was founded in 2014 by Robert Lefebvre, who is currently serving as the Managing Director. Lefebvre began in the UAV industry in 2011 and has been one of the lead developers of the Ardupilot project during since then, with the focus on helicopter and multirotor flight control. His knowledge of physics, vehicle dynamics, control systems, and human factors engineering have facilitated Ardupilot’s evolution into a high performance and dependable flight control. The leading Ardupilot expert in Canada, he has partnered with commercial companies and universities around the world. A renowned expert in UAV rotorcraft design and control systems, including multirotor drones and conventional helicopter designs, he hopes to promote helicopters performance advantages over other systems.
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