Autonomous drone landing system in GPS-denied areas (indoor, for example) and when optical-based landing is not feasible.
Multiple intermediate variants are possible between the recommended and the super-stretched configurations.
For example, having 4 x stationary beacons only on one wall will improve the coverage by reducing the maximum distances while keeping the system simple and requiring only about 60% of investments compared with the recommended configuration.
Still, the recommended configuration is the safest choice providing the most robust tracking.
The customer already has an autonomous drone landing station with a dome to protect against precipitation.
They successfully tested and implemented an RTK GPS-based autonomous landing, but they needed the same for the GPS-denied areas. Also, they cited that the RTK GPS station was too expensive for their needs.
Optical methods didn’t work well for them due to: 1) sun reflections and shadows, 2) USB cameras dropping out as devices, and 3) an additional board needed for video processing.
They chose our indoor positioning system for automatic landing for their autonomous drone and for guiding the drone in the “last mile” based on our Indoor “GPS”:
– The drone flies autonomously using regular GPS
Since conditions are simple, several options are possible and offered. The choice is purely a matter of the customer’s preferences.