Germans land UAV drone on roof of moving car

Landing on a roof of a moving car offers several advantages, say German Aerospace Centre engineers

Landing on a roof of a moving car offers several advantages, say German Aerospace Centre engineers

From Engineering and Technology Magazine

January 18, 2016

German engineers have managed to autonomously land a drone on a car travelling at 75km/h.

The car was fitted with a large roof rack for this purpose with an elastic net to allow the 20kg UAV with a three-metre wingspan to gently lower itself onto the roof-mounted platform without causing any damage to itself or the car.

The accomplishment was the first of its kind and required engineers from the German Aerospace Centre to place a number of optical markers on the landing platform to allow the drone’s tracking system to synchronise the plane's speed automatically with that of the car. The whole landing was controlled by a computer running a sophisticated set of algorithms.

The drone navigated into the landing position with an accuracy of 50cm. Once the aircraft and the car adjusted their speeds, the plane softly lowered itself into the net.

While the experiment, carried out at a Bavarian airfield, required a human driver to control the car based on instructions provided by the computer, in future, such an interaction could be carried out between a driverless car and a fully autonomous aircraft.

The researchers originally developed the technique to allow aircraft to land without landing gear. They were particularly interested in solar-powered planes used to survey the stratosphere, for which every pound carried extra is a huge challenge.

Without the landing gear, such research planes could carry more scientific instruments and better communication equipment, as well as stay airborne longer.

However, other types of unmanned planes could benefit from the technology as well, as it is easier to land this way in crosswind conditions. A drone equipped with this technology would be less dependent on weather for landing.

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Comment by Thomas Stone on January 19, 2016 at 10:29am

+1 ... Nice. They make the DJI/FORD challenge look easy. :)


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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on January 19, 2016 at 10:38am

The German UAV looks a lot like my RMRC Anaconda

Regards.

TCIII AVD

Comment by earthpatrol on January 19, 2016 at 1:50pm

Nice science. The idea of decoupled landing gear is a good one. Where were going, we don't need landing gear. :)

Comment by Darius Jack on January 19, 2016 at 2:33pm

I develop alike project for the Swiss Company
to let a drone to land autonomously on the heck of the self-driven car.

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The accomplishment was the first of its kind and required engineers from the German Aerospace Centre to place a number of optical markers on the landing platform to allow the drone’s tracking system to synchronise the plane's speed automatically with that of the car.
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Synchronization of the speeds done by GPS shaking hands on both vehicles works fine.

Closed airport is not a public road or highway so I don't expect to spot cars with large roof rack driven on german roads.

Comment by Quadzimodo on January 19, 2016 at 4:16pm
TCIII - Not German and not an Anaconda. It looks to me to be a Penguin by UAV Factory.

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