A showcase of our end-to-end flight automation including precise landing by combining GPS and Computer.
Automation of landing on a small surface is necessary in many drone-based applications, and it is one of the most challenging parts for achieving a fully automated flight.
What if we let drones/UAVs to ride land #transport (buses) to extend their batteries lifetime i.e. their missions coverage in terms of time and space? This is the idea we have elaborated in our article entitled “Exploiting Land Transport to Improve the UAV’s Performances for Longer Mission Coverage in Smart Cities” that has been accepted for publication and presentation at the upcoming 89th edition of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2019-Spring that will be hold on 28 April – 1 May 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This work is an outcome from our NPRP project DroneITS which is funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).
It is one of the most exciting phases in any R&D project, the start of the development of the prototype that will be used to proof and demonstrate the findings of the project. In DroneITS project, we have planned for this activity to start as soon as possible (just a year after the kickoff of the project), to make sure we have a reliable and a stable test-bed before the closure of the project, by end of 2019.
Below is a photo of two colleagues (Miss. Nour Alsahan and Mr. Ahmed Abuzrara) working on the development and integration of the first DroneITS’s UAV, and the work is progressing very well. We hope to have a first version of the prototype ready for a demonstration in a month.