The Drone

Long Range

Flies over 1h / 100 km on one battery charge. Battery can be changed within minutes

Low Cost

Build entirely on easy to get and cheap hobby RC components, the drone can be build for less than 500 €

Easy to use

After a few hours of training, everybody can plan missions, start the plane, return it safely

Build for the sea

Waterproof, testet at high wind speeds, landing on the water or in a net on a vessel

Camera / Image Recognition

With a 8MP camera you can get sharp pictures of people in distress from 500m above the sea. The pictures can be checked manually or automatically

The idea behind the project is to provide a extended search radius to search and rescue (SAR) missions on the sea:

Without intelligence from the air, the search radius on a ship, using binoculars to search the sea, is limited to a range of approx. 3 nautical miles (5 km) due to waves and the curvature of the earth. 

Our drone, flying at approx. 300-500 m above the sea, equipped with a 8 mega-pixel camera and a computer, extends that range up to 10 km from the ship and can cover an area up to 20 square-kilometres per mission.

Once back to the ship, the easy replaceable batteries can send it on a new mission within minutes.

To get more details on the technical specifications you can check the preliminary datasheet:

SearchWing Preliminary Datasheet v1 – released 10.1.2019

MiniTalon - the plane

Pixracer

The Pixracer is already equipped with most of the needed sensors for our autonomous missions.

mRobotics GPS

The extra precision needed for both the missions and also for the landing in the net is provided by the special drone GPS module.

Telemetry for extended range

For the communication with the plane during the mission a telemetry link with extended range is needed: the Australian company rfDesign offers excellent modules for this.
http://store.rfdesign.com.au/rfd-900x-modem/
We could measure distances over 80km.
Over this link the drone can not only receive missions but als return the position of possible people in distress - including pictures.

Telemtry test on Gozo for 10 km

Camera and image processing

The pictures taken by the attached 8 MP camera are stored on the Raspberry for later manual or automatic evaluation.