thanks for that, your device sounds very interesting !
'Simpler and lighter' is important initially, as every extra gram of payload will reduce the range and available flight time of any UAV system we propose.
But imagine the…"
"In addition, chemical detection across a decent spectrum won't weigh kilo's of sensors- *maybe* 0.5kg with current tech. Analog detection, like acid-paper detectors like I used to have to wear, wear only a few grams.
I could probably…"
"As an AE student, part of my Enhanced UAV Utilization Project is developing cheap android-based drop-sondes that can be deployed from a drone, whether it be a simple quad or a Global Hawk. These canisters will parachute in like other dropsondes do,…"
"Hi R Lefebvre,
Yes, I know what you mean,
However, we potentially have a way in at this moment, - I have suggested the idea to someone who obviously has contacts, and the UN obviously have a serious situation, that the whole world is watching, and…"
"Nick, I think it's very possible to make affordable machines that would do what you want. I'm quite sure I could accomplish the tasks you set out. But what's needed right now is funding. It can't be done working…"
"Hi Gary, thanks for that,
they are both very impressive, the phone sensor as an example of what is potentially possible, and the hexacopter of what could be available now.
(And the rovers idea would definitely brighten the lives of many damascan…"
"Here's a page from the BBC website that shows the areas that were attacked, which, in this scenario, and depending on the location of the UN compound, could indicate a range requirement significantly less than 10 miles."
"Try a bit of Googlefu there is a multicopter that has detectors onboard and apparently can detect breathing through concrete. We ran the story more than a year ago.
If you were serious about this you might make it a one way mission for multiple air…"
"So is this just a mental exercise, or something could come of this?
You really do need to do a better job defining a mission profile to start focusing on some concepts. But in the meantime, here's a few examples.
A standard-ish 3DR quad…"
"Hi, thanks for that,
VTOL would obviously be preferable, because of the ease and flexibility of their use, but fixed wing could well be useful too, due to their greater range and payload.
What I am trying to do, is to find out what is out there,…"
"To start with, you are going to have to define the mission parameters a little better. Biggest question is, does it have to be VTOL or not?
Do you want to fly 10 miles and *then* loiter for a period of time and look? Or is it 10 miles…"
Hi, here is a serious question that could help the people of Syria now, and perhaps people in all future conflicts too: If, next week, you were to give the UN Chemical Weapons inspectors in Damascus an off-the-shelf, completely autonomous UAV, that could carry a few kilo's of sensors and FPV, up to 10 miles range (if possible), capable of being usable in a war-zone by someone with next to no training (at least initially). What would you recommend ? It has to be easily transportable,…See More