Modernity Fund (mFUND) for project “FreeRail” approved

Modernity Fund (mFUND) for project “FreeRail” approved

FreeRail Project – Automated recording of vegetation near the tracks and of storm damage along the Deutsche Bahn network with autonomously operated drones (Trinity)

The “FreeRail” project, which has been running since September 2019, will be funded under the Modernitätsfond (“mFUND“) funding directive with a total of EUR 2.82 million from 1 September 2019, 67% of which will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. A big step for the network coordinator Quantum-Systems GmbH and its project partners.

The project consortium consists of experts from DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH, geo-konzept GmbH, Technical University Ingolstadt and the city of Ingolstadt under the project management of the network coordinator Quantum-Systems GmbH. The starting point of the joint project “FreeRail” deals with a digital solution for a growing problem in the maintenance of the infrastructure of Deutsche Bahn (DB).

Fully automated railway inspection as one goal for the FreeRail project

Controlling and maintaining the constantly growing vegetation along DB’s 33,440 km long rail network is a time-consuming and challenging task for DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH. In order to comply with the prescribed traffic safety obligation, the vegetation along the entire route network must be inspected, documented and evaluated by qualified personnel at least once a year. At the same time, rail traffic should not be disrupted during this control work.

In the “FreeRail” project, the scientific and technical principles of a future, fully automated, drone-based system for digitized vegetation control and registration of damage following storms along Deutsche Bahn’s route network are to be developed by February 2022. On the one hand, the aim is to design and investigate the technologies and operating processes required for this. On the other hand, a functional demonstrator is to be developed and tested on a selected route section.

Trinity eVTOL UAV combined with self-contained drone hangar

With the help of a long-range drone from the Trinity UAV line from Quantum-Systems GmbH, which is capable of vertical launch, different sensor data will be collected along the test track. The drone will take off and land fully automatically from a self-sufficient drone hangar permanently stationed in the immediate vicinity of the test track. Using a special communication and data processing system, the collected data is automatically evaluated and transferred to the responsible employee of DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH.

Within the framework of traffic control and digital infrastructure management in Bavaria, the project will now receive financial support from the mFUND of the BMVI as of 01.09.2019.

With the mFUND research initiative, the BMVI has been supporting research and development projects on data-based digital applications for mobility 4.0 since 2016. In addition to financial support, the mFUND supports networking between actors from politics, business and research with various event formats, as well as access to the data portal mCLOUD. Further information can be found at www.mfund.de.

Trinity F90+ UAV helps to improve Oktoberfest safety

Trinity F90+ UAV helps to improve Oktoberfest safety

Presented at the Intergeo in Stuttgart this week, our newest UAV, the Trinity F90+, already completed its first mission at the Oktoberfest in Munich last Friday.

Every year, the Oktoberfest “die Wiesn” attracts several million visitors from all over the world to the state capital Munich. As at any large event, such a high number of visitors presents the emergency services with major logistical challenges.

In order to be able to guarantee the safety of the visitors, plans of action and scenarios must be planned in advance in order to be able to help effectively and efficiently where necessary during the 16 festive days.

The Oktoberfest in 470 images

To support exactly this mission planning the DLR (German Aerospace Center) teamed up with Quantum-Systems and created a map of the festival grounds. A Trinity F90+ UAV equipped with a Sony RX1 II camera scanned the area of 40ha in a 15-minute flight.

With a special permit it flew at 200m above ground and achieved a ground sample distance of 2.5 cm/px using its PPK capability. (PPK – Post Processing Kinematics: Simply put, a technique to correct GPS signals to achieve an accuracy in the centimeter range)

The gathered 470 images with a total size of 19GB were then post processed by the DLR and combined into a single map.
This map will be used by the Munich fire department to verify evacuation and emergency approach routes and to improve the situation overview in the control center.

Drones – not just a buzzword

Drones are one of the markets of the future and still have to prove their benefits to society. Application scenarios like this can help to increase the acceptance of drones.

Especially in densely populated areas around the Theresienwiese in Munich, the use of drones is less costly and time-consuming than a manned aircraft.

The flight for this project took place before the Oktoberfest, but depending on the legal situation, it may also be possible in the future to fly during the festive season if the situation requires so. However, this will take a few more years until the appropriate framework conditions for such an operation have been created.

Special thanks to Thomas Oswald for providing video and photo material!
Music by Bensound

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Contact Quantum-Systems GmbH
Friedrichshafener Str. 2
82205 Gilching
Dipl.-Ing. Georg Rudnick (MBE) – Senior-System-Engineer
E-Mail: info@quantum-systems.com
Web: quantum-systems.com

Contact Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
Institut für Optische Sensorsysteme
Rutherfordstraße 2
12489 Berlin
Karsten Stebner  – Sicherheitsforschung und Anwendungen (OS-SEC)
E-Mail: karsten.stebner@dlr.de
Web: dlr.de

Contact Berufsfeuerwehr München
Landeshauptstadt München
Kreisverwaltungsreferat – Branddirektion
Abteilung Einsatzlenkung
Unterabteilung Einsatzführung
An der Hauptfeuerwache 8
80331 München
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christian Zollner – Brandoberrat
E-Mail: christian.zollner@muenchen.de

Trinity F90+ UAV with PPK, long range telemetry and ADS-B in & out

Trinity F90+ UAV with PPK, long range telemetry and ADS-B in & out

Gilching, Germany – September 17, 2019:

Quantum-Systems GmbH released the enhanced version of the Trinity F9, the Trinity F90+ today at the Intergeo in Stuttgart. With a flight time of 90+ minutes combined with long range telemetry solution of up to 7.5 km and PPK capabilities for more accuracy. Comprehensive and state-of-the-art features are available on both sides, hardware and software.

Increased flight time up to 90 minutes with dual payload configuration

Featuring new motors and increased battery capacity, the Trinity F90+ can now stay in the air for 90+ minutes. In addition, there are sufficient reserves to accommodate payloads of up to 700g. It is now possible to equip a dual payload configuration of Sony UMC-R10C and MicaSense RedEdgeMX to make use of RGB & multispectral sensors in one flight. Simply perform more demanding missions in less time! (E.g. Map up to 700 ha @1.26 inch/px GSD (3.2 cm/px) at 120 m AGL).

Long range 2.4GHz telemetry

In addition to the dual variant, single payloads with Sony RX1R II, Sony UMC-R10C, MicaSense RedEdge-MX and Altum are also available. All combined with a high range telemetry solution covering up to 7.5 km.

Live air traffic in QBase3D for advanced operational awareness (ADS-B in & out)

The flight safety is further increased by the automatic integration of the live air traffic info into QBase3D, the included software for mission planning, monitoring and post-processing. With the help of the pingUSB from uAvionix, the UAV pilot now receives high-quality tracking data from other aircraft around him to increase its operational awareness significantly. An optional ADSBout upgrade is also available in order to meet the highest regulatory requirements.

PPK & iBase (PPK Base Station) for best-in-class accuracy

For all surveyors and professionals that require highly accurate data down to a few centimeters, the Trinity F90+ enables them to reduce typical GNSS geotagging errors of several meters down to 2 – 5 cm via auxiliary GNSS data collection in flight. 

The PPK module comes with an additional PPK base station, called iBase, for reliable reference data in an instant. Thanks to a strong cooperation between u-blox and Quantum-Systems, massively increased data accuracy at dramatically reduced costs is now possible with the all new Trinity F90+.

The new Trinity F90+ is available now to all existing resellers, end users and potential customers through our current distribution network. The delivery happens at a first-come-first-serve basis. The Trinity F90+ comes at a retail price of 14,900 EUR (excl. VAT).

“With the launch of the Trinity in 2017, we have been able to demonstrate to our customer base that they can rely on a durable and long-lasting UAV with a modern payload concept. With its price-performance ratio and industry leading enhancements, the new Trinity F90+ definitely has what it takes to further stir up the UAV market. We have listened to our professional customers to give them the perfect tool for their work and are confident that the Trinity F90+ will meet their high expectations. We’re excited to see our users’ feedback on our new product and how we can move from there to leverage it to the next level.” Emphasizes Florian Seibel, CEO of Quantum-Systems.

Trinity F90 Price List

Quantum-Systems Brochure 2019/2020

Quantum-Systems and ESG present UAS world novelty: Vector and Scorpion

Quantum-Systems and ESG present UAS world novelty: Vector and Scorpion

As a specialist for unmanned “eVTOL” UAV systems, Quantum-Systems presents two innovative UAS innovations for tactical deployment scenarios together with the aviation company ESG.

Oberpfaffenhofen, Fürstenfeldbruck, 4th of June 2019
Within the framework of the forum “Unmanned Systems” of the Studiengesellschaft DWT, Quantum-Systems GmbH and ESG present with Vector and Scorpion real world novelties in the field of electrically operated, unmanned systems for tactical deployment scenarios.

The Vector combines the performance advantages of a fixed-wing aircraft with the vertical take-off capability of a helicopter. In just a few simple steps, you can switch to the Scorpion configuration and use the benefits of a sophisticated tri-copter setup thanks to the 2in1 system.

This allows a fast and highly flexible response to different challenges of changing deployment scenarios. Due to their design, Vector and Scorpion are ideal for tactical reconnaissance and surveillance missions even in demanding weather conditions.

Both systems share the following specifications:

  • 15+ km command & control range
  • Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL)
  • EO/IR HD Gimbal option
  • Made for harsh environmental conditions (-20 up to 45+°C)
  • Heated batteries for operation in cold temperatures
  • AES 256-bit encrypted data and mission link
  • Small footprint (operation by one person)
  • Glass fiber and Kevlar honeycomb sandwich airframe

VECTOR eVTOL FIXED WING

The mathematical definition of a vector fits very well for the latest UAV from Quantum-Systems. It can point into any direction: upward, forward or down. That’s exactly what the latest UAV from Quantum-Systems is capable to do. Vertical take-off. Energy efficient long range fixed wing flight and back to a vertical landing. All automatic no pilot or operator input needed. Just fly.

“VECTOR – The 2in1 vertical take-off reconnaissance UAV”

Flexible and enduring, the Vector provides flight and surveillance characteristics to military and security forces that are exceeding performance of current tactical UAV platforms in service all over the world. It is a military grade UAV System built to last and bring capabilities to the battlefield not available as of today.

A military encrypted mesh IP link sends video streams up to 15+ km range. A flight time of up to 120 minutes speaks for itself. All combined in a compact and robust electric VTOL UAV.

  • Vertical take-off fixed-wing UAV
  • 15-25m/s flight speed
  • Up to 120 min flight time

The 2in1 System design opens up further applications with the “Scorpion” configuration – By removing the wings and attaching a separate set of copter arms a dedicated multi copter platform becomes available for an even wider variety of mission applications.
Either use a VTOL fixed-wing or a conventional copter – in both cases you only need one system to train on and to deploy it on site.

SCORPION TRI-COPTER

It is not only the optics that the Scorpion has in common with its animal fellow. Like the Vector it is also optimized for use in adverse conditions with extreme temperatures. The centerpiece is identical to the fixed-wing Vector UAV housing gimbal, autopilot and data link. The larger propellers and motors of the Scorpion make it a state-of-the-art tri-copter with live video data link for various mission scenarios.

The Scorpion impresses with an HD data link of up to 15+ km range. As a tri-copter it is ideal for smaller-scale and stationary use, for example in densely built-up areas. With a flight time of up to 45 minutes, it can cover a wide range of applications.

Coming with the built in 2in1 ability to always convert back to the Vector UAV the Scorpion’s core features are:

  • Tri-Copter UAV
  • 0-15 m/s flight speed
  • Up to 45 min flight time

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH was founded in 2015 in Munich and is specialized in the development and production of automatic, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) fixed-wing drones for a wide variety of use cases. The 50+ employees (growing) are working intensively on combining range and electric efficiency with the ability to vertically take-off and land without additional equipment.

CEO Florian Seibel: “Our passion is the continuous development of industry leading VTOL aircrafts. With our ready to operate systems we serve a wide range of customers. We help to increase yields in agriculture, fly 3-D reconstruction missions, do tactical mapping for security forces or provide mission critical video footage in real time to military users. Made in Germany, non ITAR and no back doors in soft- or hardware as all of our flight planning and autopilot software is designed in house”.

Unique feature – eVTOL fixed-wing system:

The eVTOL fixed-wing UAVs of Quantum-Systems unite the benefits of helicopters and airplanes in one new innovative aircraft. This makes it a game changer as it has both, the convenient handling of a helicopter and the sophisticated aerodynamics of an airplane. The systems therefore can cover up to 100 times more area than regular multi copter drones but are equally easy to control and operate. No catapults, runways or landing nets needed.

Your contact:
Ferdinand Veith, Online Marketing Manager
Tel: +49 (8105) 2415049
fveith@quantum-systems.com
www.quantum-systems.com

About ESG:

For five decades, ESG has been one of the leading German companies in the development, integration and operation of complex, safety-related electronic and IT systems and currently has sales of over EUR 300 million.

Some 2,000 employees of the ESG Group in Germany and internationally working within the three brands ESG DEFENCE + PUBLIC SECURITY, CYOSS and ESG MOBILITY deliver products and services in logistics, systems development, training and consultation to a range of customers that includes supervisory authorities as well as defence and industry organisations.

Independent process and technology consultancy is one of ESG’s key areas of expertise. By enabling technology transfer between markets, we make a decisive contribution to the added value of our customers.

Your contact:
Ulrich-Joachim Müller, Corporate Communications
Phone: +49 (89) 92161-2850
ulrich-joachim.mueller@esg.de
www.esg.de

Quantum-Systems selected as one of the finalists for the German Aviation Innovation Award

Quantum-Systems selected as one of the finalists for the German Aviation Innovation Award

We are very pleased that Quantum-Systems has been selected among the finalists in the category “Rethinking Flying” at this year’s German Aviation Innovation Award!

 

The “Rethinking Flying” prize is awarded to innovations that reinvent flying and is aimed at forward-thinkers, developers and engineers who want to take classical aviation into the future with their ideas.

This category is not limited to certain fields, but is rather open for innovations in all disciplines.

Both the classic Customer Journey segment with innovations that support the travel process of the passengers from the time they book their trip until they leave their destination airport, as well as

the trend area of autonomous and unmanned modes of propulsion and propulsion, which are the mobility of the future will change significantly, are only two of many possible topics.

 

The nomination of the winners and the award ceremony will take place on June 6, 2019 in Berlin.

About the IDL

The 4th Innovation Award of the German Aviation Industry (Innovationspreis der Deutschen Luftfahrt  – IDL) honors the most innovative and best concepts in the German aviation industry in the categories “Rethinking Flying”, “Reducing emissions”, “Smart Factory” and “Cross Innovation”.

The IDL will be held under the Patronage of the Member of the Bundestag Thomas Jarzombek, Coordinator of the Federal Government for German Air Transport and space travel, by the German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V.). (BDLI), the Federal Association of the German Air Transport Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft e.V.) (BDL) and the digital association Bitkom e.V.

The prize is sponsored by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum e.V.). (DLR) and the Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung GmbH (ZAL). Initiator and office is the P3 group GmbH.

The IDL builds a bridge between digitization and aviation industry and is the platform for the exchange of new developments and innovations from the areas of science, politics and companies at the same time.

From start-ups to SMEs up to established enterprises idea givers of different backgrounds take part in the Innovation Award.

$3M Volume UAV contract signed: India will increase the use of professional UAVs in three states

$3M Volume UAV contract signed: India will increase the use of professional UAVs in three states

India’s elite surveying organization Survey of India awards India’s first survey grade hybrid UAV Trinity+ order to India’s oldest surveying instrument company API-Roter Group partnered with Quantum-Systems GmbH Germany.

This cooperation is innovative for the Indian market as the drone market is tightly regulated and several requirements for professional use have to be met.

Survey of India” takes a leadership role in providing user focused, cost effective, reliable and quality geospatial data, information and intelligence for meeting the needs of national security, sustainable national development, and new information markets. As a technology, drones are of the highest interest in all these areas and promise an increase in data quality, timeliness and at the same time cost savings in the survey.

India takes this development seriously and will be a worldwide example for the sustainable use of drones in large scale mapping. Very soon Indian sky will be seeing a lot of Quantum-Systems’ Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) compliant Trinity+ UAVs flying.

Sajid Mukhtar (MD, API-Roter Group) with Surveyor General Girish Kumar and Florian Seibel (CEO Quantum-Systems)

Sajid Mukhtar (MD, API-Roter Group) with Surveyor General Girish Kumar and Florian Seibel (CEO Quantum-Systems GmbH)

Trinity+ prevails against the competition

In order to find the best system in the market for this application, a call for tenders was launched in 2018 to compete different systems against each other. The catalogue of requirements comprised numerous disciplines, some of which were specified by the state and others by the customer.

In a tightly scrutinized demonstration of the drones of 11 participating companies, Trinity+’s outshone the competition in performance, data quality and compliance to the regulations. Quantum-Systems GmbH and its Indian partner Ansari Precision Instruments are proud to have won the tender in the aggressive competition.

Trinity+ as a product is a superb example of Indo-German cooperation and a testament to German engineering and Indian skill and productivity. The drones are specially configured for the customer’s needs and equipped with additional features. Built under of the “Make in India” initiative the systems include state of the art integration of PPK system, navigation lights, GSM tracking and an unmatched flight time.

The UAVs are equipped with ADS-B technology by uaVionix for Detect and Avoid (DAA) functionality as well as for airspace awareness and Air Traffic Control (ATC) compatibility.  It allows the Trinity+ to respond to Mode S radar interrogations by ATC and Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS).The flight control is compatible with the DGCA’s No Permission No Takeoff (NPNT) to implement secure flying of drones in India.

India is at the forefront in the use of UAVs

India is making great efforts to play a pioneering role in the promising fast-growing field of drone technology. Thus, the legal and structural framework conditions are currently being created to make the potential value of the technology truly usable and to offer the public direct added value.

In the future, drones will be used for mapping and producing geographical maps and aerial photographs. Deployments in large cities are also conceivable (cadastral surveying).

The resulting data sets are of great interest to all parties active in the region, as they can be used for spatial planning and development. Big Data applications in particular will enable completely new approaches to spatial development issues in the future.

The Trinity+ UAVs will be deployed in three states with the aim of flying throughout India. The delivery of the first order is expected to be completed by the end of this month.