With its payload of 2 Kg, the Tron offers the ideal platform for particularly large and / or many sensors in order to be able to deliver perfect results even with complex research tasks without having to compromise on the flight time.
That’s exactly why the Tron was the ideal carrier system for the custom sensor integration at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), consisting of a Sony Alpha 5100, Tetracam Micro MCA6 Snap, FLIR Tau2 and the Light Sensor ILS 12 channel.
“Cooperation with the ZALF was and still is fortunate for Quantum-Systems”, says Armin Busse, CFO, “As one of the first pilot projects, we were able to prove what our vision for the Tron looks like: A professional platform for customer-specific applications, including a continuous customer support. ”
The Tron has been in productive use since July 2017. In the interview Marc Wehrhan, as project manager for its usage at the ZALF:
What is your profession?
I’m a Geographer.
What are you doing at ZALF?
Remote sensing of crop status and soil properties.
How can UAS help you with your Job?
Among other fields of research our work focuses on the carbon cycle in terrestrial agroecosystems. For a deeper insight into the role of soils in the soil-plant-atmosphere system at the local and regional scale, the availability of spatial data is crucial to our work. Satellite imagery is an important source of information but often lack of the required spatial resolution to delineate small-scale patterns in heterogeneous soil landscapes. UAS can help us to fill the gap between in-situ (ground) measurements and satellite imagery by providing multispectral ultrahigh resolution imagery of specifically targeted areas and dates.
The custom payload for the Tron at the ZALF
Enough space and payload in the nose cone of the Tron for the Sony Alpha 5100, Tetracam Micro MCA6 Snap, FLIR Tau2 and the Light Sensor ILS 12 channel.
Why did you go for Quantum-Systems?
We needed replacement for our aged fixed wing UAS and looked for a state of the art system that meets our requirements concerning payload, duration and applications. In our eyes the Tron appeared to be the most advanced and reliable System available on the market. The demonstration of the Tron convinced us with the easy handling even for operators with little flight experience.
Demonstration of the Tron near Quantum-Systems HQ
How did the partnership turn out and what was the final product?
The team demonstrates a high level of expertise and commitment to realize a customized solution for our comprehensive camera payload. However, after purchasing the partnership continued. The support provided by Quantum-Systems is outstanding. Questions have been answered immediately and even suggested improvements related to ground control station design or data handling have been implemented quickly.
How did the Tron benefit your work?
Compared to the former used fixed wing UAS the Tron enables a higher efficiency and flexibility. The Tron is easy and quickly assembled and initialized, independent of airstrips for take-off and landing and finally has excellent flight characteristics. These aspects are essential to our work since they save time and thereby extend the area of operation and enable improved image quality.
The Tron in its transportation box
All parts of the Tron stow away nicely in one rugged transportation box.
What do you wish for the future regarding UAS in agricultural use cases?
From a technical point of view? What all operators wish: longer flight duration for larger areal coverage, lower cruising speed in the case of fixed wing UAS, more payload or, in other words, the “eierlegende Wollmilchsau”. And all that at lower prices.
Regarding the expected increasing number of UAS not only for agricultural applications, the aspect of safety should be mentioned. This includes e. g. the integration of transponders and SAA (sense and avoid) technologies.
Looking a little further into the future, an increase in efficiency is mandatory for the prevalence of UAS in agricultural use cases. Regarding the large areas in use many UAS will be needed and consequently many operators. If UAS are to have a chance in the future it should be possible to control many UAS at the same time by only one operator.
What would you recommend to professionals who think about adding a UAV to their quiver of instruments?
It depends on the application and the payload. However, a combination of a fixed wing with vertical take-off and landing capabilities is always a good choice since the operator can keep all options open. Professionals should be aware that a complex technology is worthless without a strong vendor providing excellent support and holding high quality standards.
In 10 years from now, how will agriculture be like?
This is hard to predict. Visions concerning the future of agriculture in the developed countries are subsumed in the current discussion under the heading “Farming 4.0”. This includes the improvement of food security, food quality, sustainable land management and environmental protection through the use of technologies promoting automation and digitisation.
UAS have the potential to support these aims and the technology is generally available. Nevertheless the challenges are therefore many regarding legal frameworks, the degree of automation, the generation of required products, standards, expenses, the acceptance of both farmers and society, to name but a few.
Quantum-Systems starts the new year with full batteries. With the Trinity giving its debut in Q1 we are now ready to offer the .stp file of our open source payload compartment for those of you interested!
Every payload option for the Trinity includes the payload compartment with a payload management board (PMB) for autopilot controlled triggering and geo-tagging. Shock absorbers increase the data quality even more!
The PMB connects the sensors to the autopilot and battery. In addition it serves as a data logger by monitoring the actual power consumption of the sensors which enables us to mix and match each trigger point with the necessary flight data.
We offer the compartment as a free download for you in order to adapt it to your application if you feel the need for it.
Our partner geo-Konzept welcomes you at the Agritechnica in Hanover. The World Agricultural Trade Fair is all about innovations and products to meet the challenges of today’s agriculture with innovative solutions and systems.
Our Tron & Trinity UAVs are the perfect instrument for obtaining relevant data for a sustainable production increase in agriculture.
geo-Konzept cooperates with Quantum-Systems
geo-konzept has been working on system solutions for remote sensing since its foundation 25 years ago. In recent years, these have been further automated and translated into an efficient and user-friendly workflow. The partnership with Quantum-Systems as a partner for innovative flight systems helps to expand the competence in this area and offer it to a broad public as a complete package.
The Agritechnica takes place from November 12th to 18th in Hannover. The team of geo-Konzept is looking forward to a visit (Hall 15 / Stand H03)
Combined with the latest addition to the product portfolio – the Trinity – Quantum-Systems acquires new strategic partnerships with distributors worldwide. The latest one being QuantAir.
“We see a huge potential for our products in the chinese market and with professional partnerships like QuantAir we will be able to offer our sophisticated products to professional UAV customers all over the world”, says Armin Busse, CFO of Quantum-Systems GmbH.
The Trinity-Platform is a high-endurance, vertical take-off and long-range solution with a small form factor and the industrial professional user in mind who demands high quality sensor packages and a flight time up to 60 minutes.
It is the second UAV produced by Quantum-Systems after the launch of the Quantum Tron in 2016.
“With our first UAV, the Tron, we already integrated different payloads like LiDAR scanners, multispectral camera rigs and RGB sensors.” elaborates CEO Florian Seibel. “ We see the need of our customers to find a solution for their specific mission configuration. That is why we release the Payload Compartment of the Trinity-Platform as an open source option for everyone interested.”
In order to offer these integrated services to our customers we at Quantum-Systems rely on professional partners to offer a seamless communication and time efficient processes to deliver a quality product to the end user.
QuantAir about the business partnership:
“As a distributor of Quantum-Systems GmbH in China, QuantAir commits itself to providing top-of-the-line solutions and excellent customer service for professional UAV applications in China. In the past five years, China has seen rapid growth in UAV industry and the UAV market has also been further subdivided. With the UAV technology growing and maturing, more and more professional users have shifted their focus from finding “a UAV” to finding “the UAV”.
Safety issue is one of the most crucial concern in aviation solutions. With the rapid development of microelectronics and intelligent hardware & control software, we can see on the market more and more systems and solutions emerging to cater for special applications.
The VTOL automatic transition UAV from Quantum-Systems is the epitome of them. Its TRON and TRINITY combine the advantages of long endurance, long range and large coverage from a fixed-wing and VTOL flexibility and environmental adaptability from a quadcopter. Products with these features will no doubt be a game-changing solution for applications like surveying and mapping, precision agriculture, emergency response, and monitoring etc.
The first test flights were very successful and we have several demo requests coming in already! We are very confident that together with Quantum-Systems, we can achieve great success and provide most powerful UAV solutions to customers in China.”
Omega Tau visited us at our headquarters in Munich and had a chance to talk with our CEO Florian Seibel about Quantum-Systems and our two product lines Tron & Trinity, where we came from and what we do.
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Choosing a trustworthy, reliable and easy to use UAV is not an easy task. There is many competitors on the market with different technical approaches. We at Quantum-Systems think that our efficient VTOL-System used on Tron & Trinity provides the best solution for UAVs with professional users in mind.
At the Intergeo back in September we had many chats with customers and resellers about our two UAVs. Having an FAQ section available on our website does not help directly when you talk to customers. In order to give them all information necessary to get them started we had to come up with a quick way to highlight our product features and differences. Which UAV is the right one for me? Tron or Trinity?
We decided to create a comparison sheet of our Tron & Trinity in order to help you to make an educated decision as quickly as possible about which one you need for your application.
To put it in a nutshell, the Trinity is the perfect UAV if your desired payload doesn’t exceed 500g in total. The compartment is customizable regarding your specific payload. The question Tron or Trinity? It depends on the requirements of your payload.
If you need more payload up to 2 kg the Tron is your UAV of choice offering the same easy to use solution but for larger sensors or other unique use cases.
We will continuously work on giving you all information necessary. Soon, there will be new tutorial videos ready on our youtube channel and if you have further questions, please reach out for us. We are happy to help you!
“The Trinity can cover an area up to eight times larger than our competitors in this price range,” said Florian Seibel, CEO of Quantum-Systems. “The included visual and multispectral cameras and intuitive one-button launch system make the package ready to fly and easy to use without special training or extra equipment.” He also mentioned that this second UAV rounds-out Quantum’s product offerings: “ The Trinity is perfect for customers who need a turnkey imaging solution that’s globally exportable, while the Tron carries larger, custom payloads for up to 120 minutes of flight on a single charge. Quantum-Systems now has a complete product line that will serve the needs of professional users from single operators to large enterprise customers.”
Learn more about the Trinity
About Quantum-Systems GmbH:
Quantum-Systems was founded in January 2015 and is specialized in the development and production of autonomous transition aircrafts for civilian use. Our products combine reach and efficiency with the ability to vertically take off and land without additional equipment. By means of the founding team’s diversity, Quantum-Systems manages to combine extensive experience and expertise from all relevant areas of unmanned aerial systems. In 2008 we started to conduct research in the field of autonomous flight systems and already in 2012 successfully completed the first autonomous transition.
Following our successful exhibition last year, we are again headed to the InterGeo fair in Berlin.
Our quickly growing team will be excited to meet you there in person, so please come to check out our latest products and chat with our professional drone pilots on staff.
We have been working hard the last year to present you exciting new products from Quantum-Systems.
The highlights in a nutshell
- Meet and greet the Quantum-Systems Team
- New product release of our Trinity UAV
- LiDAR Integration (Tron) in cooperation with our friends at YellowScan
- Advanced multispectral integration for agricultural research (Tron)
- Live demo flights (Trinity)
- Mission planning with QBase Mission Control System
We are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin! Visit us from 26th – 28th September in Hall 2.1, Booth A2.034
PS: We will perform live demo flights at the InterGeo but if you can’t make it to Berlin you can also experience a first person flight inaboard our Tron in 360° (use firefox or chrome browser)