Fast and complex aerial maneuvers – no problem for TeraRanger One!
“TeraRanger One is the ideal solution for us” says Alexis Lussier Desbiens, Professor of Robotics and Mechanical Engineering at Sherbrooke University, whose team has developed a fixed-wing flying robot that lands on vertical walls! The S-MAD
(Sherbrooke’s Multimodal Autonomous Drone) uses a thrust-assisted landing technique to reliably land on vertical walls, and then take-off again. To achieve this, they mounted a TeraRanger One distance sensor on the airframe to quickly identify vertical surfaces before pitching S-MAD into a vertical plane for approaching and‘perching’ on the wall. Alexis continues: “Thanks to the sensor’s small and lightweight design – we could easily integrate it on the S-MAD, while the fast update rate gave us the confidence to repeatedly launch the drone at concrete walls!”. Terabee’s optical LED Time-of-Flight technology for range sensing provides data refresh rates as high as 1000 readings per second, performing as well as, and often better, than laser systems but in a far smaller, lighter (only 8g) and less expensive form-factor.
For this type of creative aerial technology, there are many potential applications, including indoor and outdoor inspections of difficult-to-access locations, or long duration surveillance.
The team from Sherbrooke has provided us with a great video demonstrating both S-MAD and TeraRanger One in action:
You can read more about the project on IEEE Spectrum. It’s a good article, even if they did refer to our technology as ‘laser’ rather than LED!
Terabee has performed years of joint projects with CERN on leading-edge physics for sensor-based solutions and is the first company supported by Innogex, the French Business Incubation Centre of CERN Technologies.
This company has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 850014
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