Unmanned Drone Ground Handling Station (UGHS)
One of the most complete drone systems by combining autonomy, mobility and precision landing capabilities for maximum productivity and security.
Dpendent is a Drone company located in Switzerland, which provides the drone industry with solutions for optimizing operations that consume time and money, like battery-swapping and payload manipulation. The Swiss company has developed not only a drone charging station but the concept of Unmanned Drone Ground Handling Station (UGHS), materialized in their D-LOG One logistics station.
Within a project based on a vast European collaboration, Dpendent has created one of the most complete drone systems by combining autonomy, mobility and precision landing capabilities for maximum productivity and security.
Key elements on the UGHS
The aim of the system is to provide a station for drone ground handling/maintenance, that has all the features needed to support complex and critical missions (missions where speed and efficiency must be optimized at their best). As a drone charging station the system swaps batteries but it can also manage other payload or drone parts in less than a minute, thanks to its advanced robotics arms.
Thanks to its communication interface the drone charging station is remote and fully autonomous, avoiding risks for ground operators and permitting it to operate in distant locations. This drone charging station has been designed so it can be installed on a UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle), as shown on the AR-Tour, whose conceptors are Pulsed Power Systems and RUAG. The station can nonetheless be adaptated to any UGV through an integration process. The mobility provided by the UGV enables the station to follow drone swarms up to the nearest possible point, again optimizing speed & efficiency.
The UGHS, compatible with multiple UAVs, will be used jointly with Embention’s M600WP Multirotor. The M600WP is a waterproof multirotor drone suitable for a wide variety of applications, designed especially to withstand harsh weather and critical environments. The core of the M600WP is Veronte Autopilot 1x, which provides fully autonomous flight capabilities at the time it controls the payload and manages automatic failsafe routines.
The drone charging station has been designed to minimize the size and weight of the system. Hence, the landing process of the multirotor requires an outstanding accuracy. For this exact reason, the combination of Veronte Autopilot with Internest sensors makes the perfect combination for the drone charging station integration.
Internest’s Local Landing System has been integrated in the drone system. It is a precise, and robust system designed to secure the critical phases of multirotor takeoff and landing. It works like a very precise relative GPS, providing the position of the drone relative to its landing platform in a 150m radius with up to centimeter level accuracy.
This remote drone charging station technology is the result of the combination of Dpendent, Internest and Embention effort. Enabling new drone applications such as surveillance or wildlife monitoring in remote areas.