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The Game Changer Free-wing VTOL Drone for Commercial and Governmental Missions

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€71 429
EU Contribution
€50 000
Project Acronym
ARcopter
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,
Safety/Security

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Drones, technically known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), are evolving beyond their military origin shaping brand new operating models and becoming a powerful tool for a wide range of commercial application, such as agriculture, infrastructure, security, media and entertainment, and telecommunications, resulting to a global market size of €12bn by 2020. Nevertheless, their widespread implementation is restrained by the limitations of commercialized technologies [multi-rotors, fixed-wings and Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) fixed-wings] in flight range, usability or instability and inaccurate VTOL under windy conditions.

Objectives

ARcopter aims to revolutionize the commercial drone’s market by introducing the first UAV that combines fully autonomous operation, accurate Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) and capability to operate in windy conditions. Based on our revolutionary Loose WingTM control system, we offer a drone able to VTOL like a copter and fly horizontally as efficient as an airplane. ARcopter can fly for 2.5 hours (up to 3 times more flight duration) and 150 km flight range and do accurate landings relative to the ground in 55km/h wind speeds when the best that competitors can offer is 35km/h. All the above achieved by a fully autonomous operation carrying a variety of payloads (cameras) based on the customer’s needs and application. We initially target 1) Oil and gas companies, voltage network owners, wind turbine and railway operators for infrastructures inspection and monitoring, 2) Individual farmers and cooperatives for precision farming and 3) Governmental agencies firefighters police, border patrol, coastguard for Homeland Security (HLS) and Public Safety. Its breakthrough and game changer characteristics providing safety, efficiency and cost benefits for its users will constitute drones for large scale commercial and governmental purposes a common tool.

Funding

Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs
H2020-EU.3. - PRIORITY 'Societal challenges
H2020-EU.2.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies
Other Programme
EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020 - SME instrument

Partners

Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€50 000

Technologies

Technology Theme
Aircraft design and manufacturing
Technology
Vertical take-off and landing personal aerial vehicle
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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