Subject of the project

The subject of the project is to create a precise landing system on the so-called "last meters" operating regardless of weather conditions and geolocation consisting of a ground transmitter (landing platform) and a lightweight on-board receiver on a drone (Plug&Play) and software enabling the operation of the system with well-known autopilots. The system operates in infrared mode. The transmitter creates a virtual grid of positions on top of each other, and the receiver directed through the current square of the grid decides its position in relation to the landing platform. Such design and software solutions reduce the risk of damage to the UAV by guaranteeing a precise landing and extends its use.

The project idea was born out of the search for ways and options to ensure automatic landing of unmanned vehicles. The concept was taken from a method of landing an aircraft on board a ship developed in the early 1950s. English engineer N. Gothart proposed a system called Mirror Landing Aid (MLA). It was a concave mirror with a system of colored lights mounted on a platform stabilized with gyroscopes. On both sides of the mirror there was a row of green lights. Four headlamps were attached in front of the mirror at an angle from which the light was focused in the middle of the mirror. The ground part gave the pilot the angle at which he landed. However, in this form the system was very massive and most importantly it could not cooperate with the autopilot. The decision to land had to be made each time by a human being.

The extensive experience of the team members ensures the proper development of the solution in terms of technology and its usefulness on the market. The originators come from the drone industry, so they know the needs of the unmanned aerial vehicle sector. They also know perfectly well all technical and construction aspects and know how to build drone support devices to meet the requirements of today's market and cooperate with a drone without interruptions. The project team also includes a scientist from the PoznaƄ University of Technology with extensive experience in the implementation of R&D projects and numerous publications related to the subject matter of this project.

Goal of the project

The aim of the project is to increase the level of technological readiness of the solution from TRL 3 to TRL 7.

Project value: 1 000 000 PLN The contribution of the European Funds: 800 000 PLN. Project implementation: 01.09.2020-01.04.2021.