The Trinity as part of the CopKa Project – BVLOS in action

The Trinity as part of the CopKa Project – BVLOS in action

Trinity as first on site to collect data

CopKa is a BMWI funded project exploring the possibility of accompanying rescue operations with live images. Providing faster and more comprehensive information to mission control centers and additional participants in the rescue chain is the main goal. The data connection is achieved via satellite.

In November 2018 the Trinity performed an 8km long BVLOS flight within the framework of a disaster control exercise north of Munich. It is particularly worth mentioning in this context that the flight took place in the no-fly zone of the Munich Airport beyond visual line of sight.

The flight path led across a high-voltage line, followed by a highway and railroads through the suburb of Munich. The target area was directly located at the approach corridor of the Munich airport. Airplanes have an altitude of 300m above ground in this area.

Extensive approvals were the prerequisite

Thanks to explicit approvals by the German federal aviation office the Trinity was permitted to perform the mission. Only this made it possible to fly during active flight operations at Munich airport. An ADS-B receiver connected to our mission planning software QBase is only one requirement necessary for operations such as these.

Based on this data, situation-dependent and highly up-to-date resource planning is possible.In addition, valuable time of the emergency forces can be saved.. This time saving can be decisive for the success of life-saving measures in the future.

Thanks to the collaboration with the “CopKa” project, the Trinity was able to successfully transmit the first visual data via live stream to the emergency line. Equipped with data and video link on board, the emergency forces were able to access a wide range of data.

The project was regarded as a success by all participants and promises a lot for the near future. With the further development of the UAV systems, the entry hurdle will be even lower and meaningful data will be available even faster.

Such lighthouse projects are important to increase the acceptance for the use of drones in the population. We as Quantum-Systems are pleased to be able to actively help here.

Thanks to all participants of the CopKa project!

Join the live stream of the SPARK AWARD 2018

Join the live stream of the SPARK AWARD 2018

As we have already reported here, Quantum-Systems was selected from a large number of interesting applicants in a multi-stage process as one of the 10 exciting finalists. We then presented our pitch to a top-class jury on 19 September.

On November 8th, the time has come and the winners will be announced.

We cordially invite you to follow the spectacle in the live stream.

November 8th at 19:45 CET

You may keep your fingers crossed for us!

Enhanced eVTOL UAV Trinity F9 with PPK and new software features now available!

Enhanced eVTOL UAV Trinity F9 with PPK and new software features now available!

Quantum-Systems GmbH, a German-based eVTOL fixed-wing UAV company founded in 2015 and currently present at the market with its Trinity and TRON UAV systems, just announced the enhanced version of the Trinity –  the Trinity F9. With the PPK module leading the way in the newly announced enhancements, the user now enjoys more accuracy, reliability and flight safety when choosing a Quantum-Systems Trinity F9. Comprehensive and state-of-the-art features are available on both sides, hardware and software.

Official presentation at the INTERGEO 2018 in Frankfurt

On the hardware side the following features are released:

PPK mit 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 new Trinity F9 enables them to reduce typical GNSS geotagging errors of several meters down to 2 – 5 cm via auxiliary GNSS data collection in flight. The new PPK module comes with an additional PPK base station, called iBase, for reliable reference data in an instant. Thanks to a strong cooperation between uBlox and Quantum-Systems, massively increased data accuracy at dramatically reduced costs is now possible with the new Trinity F9.

Anti-collision lights for high flight safety
Next to the PPK module, the new Trinity F9 has integrated flashing anti-collision strobe and position lights to provide even more flight safety to its UAV pilots.  

Live air traffic in QBase for advanced operational awareness
The flight safety is further increased by the automatic integration of the live air traffic info into QBase. With the help of the pingUSB from uAvionix, the UAV pilot now receives high-quality tracking data from other aircrafts around him to increase its operational awareness significantly.

With regard to our mission planning software QBase there are these new features:

As if this wouldn’t be enough of enhancements for the Trinity F9, we have also amplified the scope of QBase, our ground control station. From now on, the existing as well as new users of Quantum-Systems UAVs can take advantage of the following new QBase features:

3D Planning for the most realistic mission planning
Powered by Esri, the 3D planning feature provides the automatic creation of flight plans in sloped and mountainous areas. It uses high resolution digital elevation data (e.g. SRTM) to create collision free and energy optimized trajectory for an optimal data quality results.

Resume mission for higher efficiency
A large photogrammetry mission can’t be covered in a single flight can now be resumed just at the position of the last covered flight leg. QBase automatically calculates the follow-up flight plan allowing an immediate continuation of the remaining mission without the need of the further manual planning steps.

Corridor planning that fits all infrastructures
The corridor planning function creates optimized flight plans for mapping infrastructures like roads, railways and power plans. It optimizes the flight segments according to the terrain altitude as well as the camera characteristics.

The new Trinity F9 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 as the demand is currently unexpectedly high. The Trinity F9 comes at an unmatched retail price of 12,900 EUR (excl. VAT).

“With the launch of the Trinity back in 2015, we could continuously manifest to our user base that they can rely on a high-endurance and long-range UAV with an open source payload concept.” Florian Seibel, CEO of Quantum-Systems points out. “With its price-performance ratio and the state-of-the-art enhancements, the Trinity F9 definitely has the potential to be a game changer in the the eVTOL fixed-wing UAV market in the near future. We’re excited to see our users’ feedback on our Trinity F9 and how we can move from there to leverage it to the next level.”

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Tron UAV basic training with the Duisburg fire brigade

Tron UAV basic training with the Duisburg fire brigade

Four firefighters from the Duisburg main fire station were extensively introduced to mission planning and flight execution with the eVTOL UAV Tron from Quantum-Systems.

Not only the basics for safe handling of the unmanned flight system were taught. Each of the future Tron pilots was tasked to fly a jointly designed mission independently on the 2nd day of the training. In addition to the automatic mode, in which the Tron independently flew mission targets, the pilots of the Duisburg fire brigade were also introduced to manual flying.

Drones as a reliable partner in the field

After the two training days in Gilching, Dipl. Ing. Jörg Helmrich, Head of Department for Control Centre, Information and Communication Technology of the Duisburg Fire Brigade, emphasised: “With this drone, we will in the future also have extended deployment possibilities in Duisburg, in order to detect critical and potentially dangerous situations from the air at an early stage and to be able to coordinate our measures on this basis”.

All pilots were enthusiastic about the Tron’s good-natured flight characteristics and the easy to learn operation of the mission planning software Qbase.

Quantum-Systems Tron – The flying eye over the Oktoberfest

Quantum-Systems Tron – The flying eye over the Oktoberfest

Every year the Theresienwiese in Munich is transformed into the largest public festival in the world for two weeks. The Oktoberfest attracts between 5 and 6 million visitors every year. So many people in a public place also place special tasks on the security authorities and emergency forces.

The use of drones at such major events or in emergency situations can provide considerable support to the fire brigade, police or aid organisations.

There are many possible applications for the unmanned flight systems, which can be equipped with a large number of sensors. On the one hand, this can be a quick and comprehensive situation assessment from the air, through which a corresponding reaction in real time is possible. On the other hand, special sensors such as a thermal imaging camera or a laser scanner (LiDAR) can provide the command and control unit with information that would not be visible to the naked eye.

First flight at the Theresienwiese in Munich

On 9th of August 2018, an event with a practical demonstration took place on the Theresienwiese in Munich as part of the DLR (German Aerospace Center) research project Live-Lage.

The aim of the project is to use UAVs to clarify complex or geographically extensive operational sites and to provide the emergency services with a detailed picture of the situation in real time. As a result they can guide the emergency services in a targeted manner.

In cooperation with the Duisburg fire brigade, the DLR is developing a novel concept for the rapid reconnaissance of major damage and disaster situations in urban areas. Among other things, DLR is developing an optical reconnaissance system for this purpose, which is mounted on the UAV Tron from Quantum-Systems.

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems is a company based at the special airport Oberpfaffenhofen / Gilching / Germany which specializes in the development and production of electrical vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft drones. Like the smaller Trinity model, the Tron used for this purpose is an innovative, purely electrically powered unmanned aircraft.

The main feature of the two transition aircrafts are swivelling propellers which, thanks to the autopilot developed in-house, can be tilted fully automatically in such a way that the aircraft drones can take off and land in the tightest of spaces, such as helicopters. After the transition phase, they have the aerodynamic efficiency of an aircraft in horizontal flight.

These features, combined with a variable payload of up to two kilograms, make the Tron the ideal platform for civil security tasks. It allows the use of a variety of sensors on a single aircraft. A flight time of up to 90 minutes allows monitoring of an extended mission or enables flying over a large area without a stopover.

Over the skies in Munich

The Tron flew above the Theresienwiese at a height of 170 m for 10 minutes to record data for evaluation. During the Oktoberfest, this data provides the rescue and security forces with a high-precision 3D map as a basis for planning operations. A special camera by the DLR was integrated into the variable payload compartment of the Tron, which allows images to be captured with a high level of detail. With the MACS camera system (Modular Aerial Camera System), it is possible to produce a highly accurate position map for the operations management on site almost in real time.

Due to limited space available on site and the large area to be mapped, only a small aeroplane can be used as a carrier for the camera. The ability to take off and land vertically makes the operation a lot easier. After all, the goal was to map the 420,000 m² Theresienwiese within a few minutes with a resolution of less than 3 cm. 

With the specially manufactured camera of DLR, an exact position map of the Theresienwiese could be produced within a very short time. Due to the high sensitivity of the camera, details relevant for use are visible even in dark and heavily shaded areas of the terrain.

Speed of data aquisition, accuracy and processing time are key to success

The speed of data acquisition and processing is also of great importance. In the future, it is conceivable that the camera will also be able to provide information during operation.

“For us, such a system is a great support. We see the potential of the MACS camera in the “Wiesn” (coll. term for the Oktoberfest)  preparation and in perspective also during such large events,” says a representative of the Munich fire brigade.

Since the system is capable of informing rescue and emergency forces in real time on the basis of the map of the location where help is needed – for example, if the number of people at certain locations becomes too high – the combination of Tron + MACS is also intended to provide support during ongoing major events.


Further applications – a glimpse into the future

The Munich Fire Brigade sees a possible use outside the support of major events in the search for persons. Two helicopters are often used at the same time to search for missing persons, for example in waters such as the Isar. One for the search and one for the rescue. According to the fire brigade, searching for the missing person with the MACS camera could save time and money during such rescue operations.

The recording of the area in the run-up to the Oktoberfest can therefore only be the beginning of the use of the Quantum-Systems Tron in combination with special sensors in the civil security sector. Tests such as this provide important insights into how the system can be used in the future to support emergency forces, prevent disasters at best and even save lives.

MicaSense RedEdge-M now availabe as a payload option for the Quantum-Systems Trinity UAV

MicaSense RedEdge-M now availabe as a payload option for the Quantum-Systems Trinity UAV

We are very pleased to announce our latest cooperation with MicaSense.

MicaSense redefines remote sensing technology and pioneers the extraction of spatial data with its sensors. Together with many years of experience in sensor technology in the UAV sector, this makes them the ideal partner for our product portfolio.

The MicaSense RedEdge-M is now available as a payload option for the Trinity!

The RedEdge-M is outstanding powerful and at the same time a very compact camera ideal for our VTOL UAVs Tron & Trinity. It simultaneously captures five narrow spectral bands and uses the change in reflectance of plants in the border between red and near infrared spectrum, the so called red-edge. The global shutter design creates distortion-free images on every platform.

With the RedEdge-M the user is not only able to determine conventional vegetation indices like NDVI, NDRE or SAVI but can also draw conclusions about crop health through the additional rededge band. That provides a more accurate measure of not just plant vigor but plant health.

With these capabilities, it provides accurate multiband data for for wide-ranging agricultural remote sensing.

RedEdge-M: Professional Multispectral Sensor Kit for the Quantum-Systems Trinity UAV:

Key features:

  • One flight, multiple outputs
  • Calibrated for precise, repeatable measurements
  • Capable of generating RGB color images aligned with 5 specific spectral bands
  • Simultaneous capture of five discrete spectral bands
  • Narrowband optical filters provide full image resolution for each band
  • The capture rate enables faster flight speeds and lower flight altitudes ideal for the Trinity UAV
  • Global shutter design for distortion-free results
  • Calibrated for precise, repeatable measurements
  • Easy accessible single SD card stores all images with geotags
  • Intuitive web-based interface accessed from any Wi-Fi capable device
  • Serial connectivity with the payload compartment for full configuration, status, and control of the camera
  • The camera is already integrated in our payload compartment and includes a Downwelling Light Sensor (DLS) which is already part of the Trinity.
  • The calibrated reflectance panel for the RedEdge-M is included in a soft case.

The RedEdge-M as payload option is now available at our resellers.