Demining UAV

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Although only five months young, dronologista blog has grown and needs a new attire.

As of 1st of September, dronologista.com moves to a new hosting, new address and slightly changes the appearance . Content will remain the same, and dronologista will continue to provide information about non-military drones only.

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Residual landmines are a huge problem that countries affected by war are facing in a postwar period. These explosive devices, together with other explosive remnants of war kill around 18.000 people every year. It is obvious why demining is high on the priority list of humanitarian activities in postwar societies.

Current detection methods such as metal detection or using trained dogs and rats to sniff out explosives are effort intensive and time consuming. That is why Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), decided to use senseFly drones and analyze its benefits, potential uses and costs efficiency.

SenseFly’s drones were selected to test the complete work flow (flight preparation, takeoff and landing controls, and image extraction) for their “accessibility, cost, compactness for an easily transportable system, ease of use, takeoff, landing radius and robustness”.

Today the second generation of senseFly’s drones, the eBee, is being tested, bringing additional advantages such as 3D flight planning and optical terrain sensor, enabling successful operation in mountainous areas.

senseFly's  eBee drone

senseFly’s eBee drone

SenseFly LTD. is a Swiss company based in Cheseaux-Lausanne founded in 2009. It develops, assembles and markets autonomous mini-drones and related software solutions for civil professional applications such as accurate mapping of mining sites, quarries, forests, construction sites, crops, etc.

Detailed information about the demining project can be found here.

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