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!

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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