Research and development

Due to its origins in the Academic world, Unmanned Solutions maintains a significant participation in several R & D projects in collaboration with prestigious Spanish research centers and the technological divisions of the main aeronautical companies of the world such as Boeing and EADS.

A selection of projects in which USol has had a substantial participation is shown below:

2008-2010 – Fault-tolerant UAS Automatic Operation

The Project deals with enabling technologies to allow an automatic and fault-tolerant operation of UAS.

The Project was conceived from the certainty that automation and safety are the two cornerstones of a wide UAS operation in the civil market. Therefore, the objectives of this project point at different aspects of UAS operation having in common, both, safety and automation. The project contemplates flight path optimization systems, fault-tolerant flight control and guidance systems, adaptative flight control systems, radio link optimization, image processing to support automated maneuvers and recognition systems based on Synthetic Aperture Radar.

2008-2010 – Cenit ATLANTIDA (UAS Leader Technologies Application  for ATM R&D)

 ATLANTIDA project tackles the scientific and technological challenges to introduce a true automation in complex Air Traffic Management systems.

ATLANTIDA project involves 17 european companies from Aerospace, Information Technologies and Communications sectors. The main objective of the project is the research of new automation paradigms of ATM including conventional aviation, UAS applications, VLJs and future personal aerial systems. The collaboration of USOL in the project includes the design, engineering and manufacturing of two UAS platforms under the requirements of BR&TE, Boeing Research & Technology Europe.

2009- UAS Laser Fluorosensor

The Project addresses the feasibility of using UAS to embark laser fluorosensors to detect  Fuel Oil/Hydrocarbon Pollution.

In recent years we have witnessed an incredible advance in the development of remote sensing technologies. Image sensing techniques, either optical or microwaves based, have provided a wide field of applications in different scientific areas. This project focuses in remote sensing based on active luminescence. Active luminescence is a well known technique in biology and medicine, however, it is not widely used in remote sensing yet.  The project exploits two characteristics of luminescence, the emission of radiation of a different wavelength than the source, and the radiation decay. Both phenomena allow a better identification of substances like fuel oil and hydrocarbon. The use of UAS in this type of remote sensing provides a number of important advantages:

  • low flight speed: allowing a cross sweeping laser beam
  • low flight altitude: allowing low power equipments
  • cost improvement
  • risk reduction

The use of UAS to embark laser fluorosensors represents an important challenge. Thus, fluorosensor systems impose strict requirements in terms of payload weight and volume, flight stability, low flight speed and long duration missions.

2007-2008 – SOAR-UAV

2005-2006 – SISCANT II (Development and Certification of Adaptative Control Systems for UAS)

2004 – SISCANT (Development and Certification of Adaptative Control Systems for UAS)