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UAV ENGINEER FOR OPTIMISATION OF FIREFIGHTING DRONE STABILISATION

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€0
EU Contribution
€95 625
Project Acronym
HOPPERSUP
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out,
Safety/Security

Overview

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

The role of unmanned aircraft systems is expanding to include emergency fire services. Firefighting drone technology can reduce the risk to human life and support firefighting efforts when manned aircraft are grounded at night-time and in daytime periods of reduced visibility. Currently, the use of drones is limited to monitoring and data collection tasks mainly due to the lack of the necessary power to lift heavy loads.

Objectives

The EU-funded HOPPERSUP project will focus on the development, implementation and testing of an enhanced stabilisation control system for a new platform for heavy duty drones. The aim is to increase the drones’ payload capacity from 150 litres to 600 litres.

DRONE HOPPER is a technological start-up founded in 2015 and devoted to the design, production and operation of drones or Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) for firefighting. Drones have the potential to overcome the limitations of helicopters and hydroplanes in firefighting, as no lives would be put at risks even during night operations and offering the possibility to fly at low altitudes to improve effectiveness. However, nowadays the use of drones in fires is limited to monitoring, surveillance and data collection tasks because current drone technologies based on electrical systems lack the necessary power to lift heavy loads.

DRONE HOPPER has developed and validated heavy duty commercial drones, designed for transport of heavy loads (high water volumes) and with a patented system for spraying liquids increasing the effective coverage area of the intervention. This technology enables that our drones have an excellent potential to disrupt the market for unmanned firefighting. Nevertheless, we need to evolve the attitude control and stabilisation system to reach the required robustness and reliability of operations.

This project is aimed to fill a job vacancy for an UAV engineer to join our R&D team as an Innovation Associate, with an extendable 1-year duration contract and reporting directly to our CTO. The profile of the Associate is a PhD researcher with experience in the development of flight control systems for rotatory wing UAVs, either helicopters or multi-rotors. The Associate will assume a leading role in the development, implementation and testing of an enhanced stabilisation control system for our drone platform, with the overall objective of contributing to increase the UAV´s payload capacity from current 150L to 600L.  

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs
H2020-EU.2.3.2.2. - Enhancing the innovation capacity of SMEs
Other Programme
INNOSUP-02-2019-2020 - European SME innovation Associate - pilot

Partners

Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€95 625

Technologies

Technology Theme
Aircraft operations and safety
Technology
Air-based forest fire fighting
Development phase
Implementation

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