30 Jan '14, 3pm

RIVERWATCH: An Autonomous Surface-Aerial Marsupial Robot Team

RIVERWATCH: An Autonomous Surface-Aerial Marsupial Robot Team

Every once in a while we get a tip for a project that really, really, really blows our minds. This is one of them. It looks like a basic catamaran with a few extra bells and whistles — except it is so much more than that. You’re looking at a fully Autonomous Surface Vehicle, complete with a piggybacking 6-rotor UAV. It’s decked out in cameras, sonar sensors, laser rangefinders, high accuracy GPS-RTK tracking, an IMU, oh, and did we mention the autonomous 6-rotor UAV capable of taking off and landing on it? It all started out as a simple experiment within ECHORD (the European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development) , and since then it has become a fully funded project at UNINOVA , a Centre of Technology and Systems in Portugal. The purpose of the mind-blowing robot team is to collect data of river environments — think of it as Google Maps 2.0 — which is almost an unde...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2014/01/30/riverwatch-an-autonomous-s...

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