Satellite navigation steers unmanned micro-planes
The German start-up company MAVinci has developed a new system that uses autonomous micro-air vehicles (MAVs) with a wingspan of less than two metres, to inspect land areas.
The unmanned aircraft system guided by satnav has been developed within ESA’s Business Incubation Centre in Darmstadt to provide rapid monitoring of land areas and disaster zones. The planes have already helped Spanish farmers in Andalusia to fight land erosion.
“At the moment, the remote-sensing market uses mainly manned aeroplanes,” explains Johanna Born, CEO of MAVinci, “but they are expensive and not always available. “Our MAVs are cost-efficient, available at short notice and easy to use for surveillance of development areas, construction sites, disaster zones and waste disposal sites, just to mention a few. They can carry visual and thermal cameras or other customer-specific measuring equipment.”