Multi-rotor drones for research

Drones are used in WARA-PS to collect data and perform experiments in the field. For example, they have been used to make autonomous detections, perform cooperative landing experiments together with the CB90 and avoid people during low altitude flights. By mounting cameras and sensors on the drones, they can be used to livestream video footage to increase situation awareness and give an overview of accident sites during search and rescue missions. It can also be used to drop items such as first aids kits near people through the autonomous detection ability.

There are three types of drones available in WARA-PS that are provided by LiU, there is the DJI Matice 100s, a DJI Matric 300 RTK and a DJI Matrice 600 Pro. The DJI Matrice 100s can be loaned and used for development, testing, data collection etc… The DJI Matrice 300 RTK and DJI Matrice 600 Pro can also be used for data collection, however they cannot be loaned, therefore any data collections must be done in close collaboration with the Linköping university AIICS team.

The drones can be equipped with LIDARs for data collection purposes for example. The DJI Matrice 100 can be equipped with a Ouster OS1-32-U or an Hokuyo UTM-30LX lidars. Furthermore, the DJI Matrice 600 can be equipped with a Velodyne Puck or an Ouster OS1-32-U. Regarding sensors, the DJI Matrice 100 is equipped with a Zenmuse Z3camera, the DJI Matrice 300 RTK is equipped with a Zenmuse H20T, a Zenmuse P1 and a Zenmuse L1 and the DJI Matrice 600 Pro is equipped with a Zenmuse Z3 camera, just like the 100.

Code is easily be integrated using the ROS environment.

Dropping items
Autonomous detection
Video streaming
Object avoidance
Swarm behaviour and task delegation using the delegation framework
Collaboration in a heterogenous system
Search area
Cooperative landing
Object detection
Autonomous detection
Camera - video feed
Sensors (e.g. scanning)
Confirm location
Deliver objects
Drop things
Pick up objects
Pick up things
Search area
Delegation framework
Visually through feed
Internal communication
Shared situation awareness
Feedback from events/tasks
External communication
Fly to coordinates
Object avoidance
Divide search area
Updated situation
Shared situation awareness
Wind limit
< 10m/s
Maximum active time
20 minutes