Vector UAS assists in securing the demolition of an apartment block

Vector UAS assists in securing the demolition of an apartment block

On September 5th, 2021 the second “White Giant” was blown up in Duisburg/Germany. The Duisburg Fire Department was charged with the task of safely carrying out the blasting of the 23-story building itself. They had to take direct action on the effects of the blast (dust generation) and monitor the danger zone to prevent spectators from harm.

As one of the first authorities in Germany, the Duisburg Fire Brigade, relies on Quantum-Systems drones to gather relevant data for situational awareness.

Planned demolitions of inner-city buildings are a logistical feat

The “White Giant” weighs 50,000 tons, is 63 meters high and 90 meters long. More than 1,700 residents were affected by the evacuation and had to leave their houses and apartments.

Securing the danger zone on the day of the blast places an enormous logistical demand on the local authorities. In addition, the supply of the affected citizens who had to leave surrounding apartments for safety and the necessary countermeasures at the moment of the blast such as reducing dust development was part of their task list. 

The vector UAS equipped with a thermal camera was used

To ensure no people were in the evacuation zone, a Quantum-Systems Vector including HD40 gimbal payload was deployed. This way, live monitoring of the entire area of operation and efficient observation was made easy.

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Live-view of the demolition via the Auterion SkynavThe government-ready scalable controller for unmanned systems

What is the benefit of using a drone for aerial live monitoring during the day of the demolition?

The blasting itself had to be delayed for a few minutes because several residents were detected on the roof of an adjacent building close to the evacuation zone. Though in advance, the city had asked citizens not to make a “public viewing” out of the blast.

More than 200 spectators had gathered on-site, and were advised not to come because of the extensive barriers, the traffic situation, and the limited visibility of the blast object.

Jörg Helmrich / Fire Brigade Duisburg right before the launch of the Vector UAS

800 kilograms of explosives brought the building down

The manpower required for such a blast should not be underestimated. In addition to units of the Duisburg fire department, about 200 employees of municipal offices and police forces were deployed. Drones can be used flexibly and thus provide added value in order to save personnel or to gain more insight with less danger to all involved.

A payload with live video capabilities was used in this mission. Additional systems are being developed together with DLR as part of the LiveLage project since 2018.

The Duisburg Fire Department is part of the LiveLage project in cooperation with Quantum-Systems and DLR

Driven by requirements from emergency services, the desire arose to develop an optical system for fast, precise optical reconnaissance of large-scale damage and disaster situations that can be integrated into unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and provide this data in real-time. The LiveLage project was born:

The LiveLage Project in detail

The Security Research and Applications Department of the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems of the DLR is developing new technologies for the rapid reconnaissance of large-scale damage and disaster situations from the air. Current optical technologies are to be combined with the possibilities of new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) such as Vector and Scorpion to enable operational support for authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS).

Training for the UAV Team of the Duisburg Fire Brigade on Vector & Scorpion UAS

The Duisburg fire brigade is taking on the role of being able to prove the system’s operational capability under real conditions.

Operations like the one in Duisburg create confidence among the emergency services and the public. It also demonstrates the added value of these investments in people and equipment.

Both are important steps toward large-scale approval for public safety operations.

Advanced training for DLR staff on Vector & Scorpion UAS as part of the LiveLage Project

Advanced training for DLR staff on Vector & Scorpion UAS as part of the LiveLage Project

At the beginning of July, within the framework of the already existing cooperation between Quantum-Systems and German Aerospace Center DLR, the LiveLage Project, selected DLR employees were given further training on our Vector & Scorpion UAV systems.

Driven by requirements from emergency services, the desire arose to develop an optical system for fast, precise optical reconnaissance of large-scale damage and disaster situations that can be integrated into unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and provide this data in real-time. The LiveLage project was born:

The LiveLage Project in detail

The Security Research and Applications Department of the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems of the DLR is developing new technologies for the rapid reconnaissance of large-scale damage and disaster situations from the air. Current optical technologies are to be combined with the possibilities of new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) such as Vector and Scorpion to enable operational support for authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS).

Training for DLR staff on Vector & Scorpion UAS

Vector and Scorpion were selected as a carrier platform

The platforms will be used as carriers for a specially developed camera by the DLR, more specific the Institute for Optical Sensor Systems (OS). The Modular Aerial Camera System (MACS) will enable real-time tactical mapping. This development on the part of DLR runs hand in hand with the Helmholtz Innovation Lab OPTSAL, whose goal is the application-oriented testing of novel, optical technologies in combination with the UAS from Quantum-Systems.
The Optical Technologies for Situational Awareness Lab (OPTSAL) is a Helmholtz Innovation Lab at the DLR Institute for Optical Sensor Systems in Berlin/Germany.

The Duisburg fire brigade is the first fire brigade in Germany to test VTOL drones since 2018. It started with the Quantum-Systems Tron and now the Vector as a successor product.

Duisburg Fire Brigade is the first partner in Germany to test the system

The Duisburg fire brigade is taking on the role of being able to prove the system’s operational capability under real conditions. A Vector UAS will be used in combination with the MACS.

Particularly in the case of accident scenes that are difficult to reach from a traffic point of view, the overview of the situation gained in this way helps the emergency control team to coordinate the number of emergency forces, in addition to saving time through the image data transmitted via the real-time tactical mapping capabilities of the MACS.

Just recently, the special department for drone operations of the Duisburg fire brigade was our guest. Training with our Vector platform for scenarios like above was on the agenda.

Training for the UAV Team of the Duisburg Fire Brigade on Vector & Scorpion UAS

Real-time mapping is a key element for all project partners

Another cooperation partner is Drones4Good, in which DLR is involved with the setup of MACS and Quantum-Systems Vector.

Drones4Good is about the development of suitable AI methods for the rapid evaluation of MACS aerial images. For example, it should be possible to automatically detect people and damage to roads and buildings in real-time. DLR-OS employees have been part of the non-profit aid organization ISAR-Germany since 2016, and the Vector UAS and MACS are to be used to support relief efforts during international rescue missions after devastating natural disasters. There have been three joint missions so far: October 2017 in Mexico, October 2018 in Indonesia, August 2020 in Beirut

Working together as project partners to create something new

Cooperation between different institutions from the private sector, government, and research is essential to lay the groundwork for new products. The rapid development steps and willingness to take risks of the participating partners to achieve the best results as cost-effectively as possible in a short time favors agile companies like Quantum-Systems.

For example, the use of drones in disaster control and rescue operations is still in its infancy for all parties involved. There is also a need for new technology in the special and often time-critical scenarios, such as the real-time tactical mapping function of MACS. This is also the reason why the state government is interested in providing financial support and promoting the project.

As Quantum-Systems, we are proud of this partnership and hope to gain additional knowledge to further enable our UAV platforms for rescue operations!

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Quantum-Systems & BSS Holland collaborate to provide their customers with aerial ISR and tactical mapping to create intelligence for effective decision-making on the tactical edge.

Quantum-Systems & BSS Holland collaborate to provide their customers with aerial ISR and tactical mapping to create intelligence for effective decision-making on the tactical edge.

Gilching, Germany, and Hilversum, The Netherlands, April 7th, 2021 Quantum-Systems GmbH has announced a new distribution partnership with BSS Holland BV, based in Hilversum, The Netherlands.

BSS Holland is dedicated to supporting its customers in accelerating its OODA (observe-orient-decide-act) – loop. They focus on C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), sensor integration, and manned, unmanned and remote-controlled platforms. The collaboration with Quantum-Systems is focused on building future readiness for the Tactical Edge, helping professionals in the defense and homeland security organizations by providing state-of-the-art Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, including real-time observation and analysis as well as tactical mapping.

“We have been in contact with Quantum-Systems for a while and were immediately triggered by their product portfolio, roadmap, and strategy to create a family of systems for short and long-range ISR and mapping. We also like the fact that Quantum-Systems is collaborating with partner companies for their mission control software, AI, and sensors which is fundamental for Human-Machine Teaming. Lowering the cognitive load of the operators and support the soldiers to create actionable information from the sensor data is important for our defense customers.”

Robert Breedveld

Managing Partner, BSS Holland BV

Quantum-Systems added to unmanned systems solutions portfolio.

BSS Holland has recently added the Quantum-Systems Vector™ & Scorpion™ 2-in-1 ISR platform plus the Trinity™ F90+ large-scale mapping drone to its offering, expanding it with eVTOL fixed-wing UAVs.
The Vector & Scorpion 2-in-1 platform offers customer access to a deployment kit consisting of two configuration possibilities: An eVTOL fixed-wing long-endurance UAS and a Tri-Copter short-endurance UAS in one system, sharing the same fuselage. Changing between the two is a matter of seconds and possible without any tools, which opens further applications with just one UAS.

Vector™ delivers live video streams and high-quality aerial data with AI onboard.

Vector™ provides long-endurance, versatile and flexible characteristics that are exceeding the performance of conventional UAS platforms. It is suited for advanced ISR missions, streaming live data in real-time using a Mesh IP encrypted data link with a range of 15+ kilometers. Being equipped with advanced AI capabilities, the data assessment process of Vector is supported by automatic identification and tracking algorithms, providing on-the-ground tactical units with important safety and efficiency benefits. Vector features a single flight time of 120 minutes and is also suited for applications such as Search & Rescue (SAR), Live Area Mapping, and Convoy and VIP Protection. Vector integrates dual EO and IR gimbal sensors, enabling missions both, day and night.

Scorpion™ is suitable to operate in urban environments and in tethered configuration.

Scorpion is a Tri-Copter, using the same fuselage as Vector, leading to fast deployment on-site when changing the configuration and reducing training efforts for the user. Scorpion features a single flight time of 45 minutes and is ideal for smaller-scale use, for example in densely built urban areas. For stationary use, such as monitoring crowds or surveilling objects Scorpion can be configured with a Tethering System. Scorpion is using the same Mesh IP encrypted HD data link as Vector with an operating range of at least 15 kilometers to submit aerial video data in real-time.   

Trinity F90+ is optimized to efficiently acquire high-resolution aerial data.

BSS Holland’s drone offering will be rounded-off with the Trinity F90+ – Quantum-Systems’ flagship large-scale fixed-wing mapping drone. The Trinity F90+ is a professional large-scale mapping drone designed to capture high-resolution aerial data in a user-friendly and highly efficient manner. The Trinity F90+ integrates multiple, high-precision survey-grade sensors in an easily accessible and exchangeable payload compartment – including RGB, multi-spectral, thermal, and even LiDAR. The Trinity F90+ can cover an area of up to 700 hectares with one flight, achieving a flight time of 90 minutes and more with the same battery. The Trinity F90+ comes standard with a GNSS reference station, offering high-precision PPK and RTK enabling the geotagging relative precision of down to 2-5 cm in respect to the antenna placement point.
In operations, where knowing the terrain is a decisive factor, the Trinity F90+ safely and quickly provides high-precision geospatial data that can serve as a base for intelligence operation, tactical decision, and operations.

Quantum-Systems is agnostic when it comes to data post-processing. The captured images and all metadata are suitable for the common software suits for further post-processing. Data captured with the Trinity F90+ can be processed to generate 2D maps or 3D reconstructions of vertical environment, or using it for DSMs, DTMs, point clouds, and ortho mosaics.  Data from high-precision sensors such as PPK receivers, survey-grade color, multispectral cameras, and LiDAR are all fully supported by the common software platforms Quantum-Systems is partnering with. Thanks to Quantum-Systems’ licensed partnership with ESRI, users have online and offline access in the field to curated mapping data.

“I am very excited to welcome Robert Breedveld and his team from BSS Holland to our Dealer network. Vector and Trinity both have undergone intensive testing by BSS and their governmental users. After an extensive program, they are now officially available in the Netherlands, customer-ready.”

Florian Seibel

CEO, Quantum-Systems GmbH

The Vector and Scorpion platform was officially released for sales in 2020 with several governmental clients in Germany and the U.S. Trinity was introduced to the market in late 2017 and is used for mapping projects in the agricultural sector, in the mining business, or by construction companies all over the world, transforming decision-making processes for the better by aerial data intelligence.

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH, founded in Munich in 2015, specializes in the development, design, and production of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Our sUAS combine eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long-range utilizing electrical and aerodynamic efficiency. We continuously integrate high-precision sensors into our systems for increased aerial data intelligence. Using these methods, we are transforming decision-making processes for the professional user in both the commercial and governmental sectors.
For more information about Quantum-Systems visit www.quantum-systems.com.

Contact:
Claudia Steinhoff
Phone: +49 (0)8105 24150 64
E-mail: csteinhoff@quantum-systems.com

About BSS Holland

BSS wants to contribute to making the world a safer and more secure environment to live and work in for citizens, first responders, and soldiers. We are providing turnkey C5ISR solutions which make the operators in the defense and homeland security organizations more agile and effective.

BSS is passionate about helping customers to understand what kind of effects technology has on their strategy, management, organization, command control, material, personnel, and training.

BSS Holland BV was established in 2008 as an autonomous and independent Dutch company with an international orientation willing and able to act as a trusted partner for its clients finding solutions for challenging security and defense mission gaps.
For more information about BSS Holland visit https://bssholland.com/.

Contact:
Joyce Stuurman
Phone: +31 (0)35 205 72 72
E-mail: joyce.stuurman@bssholland.com

Partnership with Silvus Technologies to integrate MN-MIMO communication products

Partnership with Silvus Technologies to integrate MN-MIMO communication products

Quantum-Systems and Auterion GS Enhance Their Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems with Silvus Technologies’ Advanced MN-MIMO Communication Products

Los Angeles and Munich – June 16, 2020 – Quantum-Systems GmbH and Auterion GS Inc are pleased to announce a partnership with Silvus Technologies to integrate Silvus’ advanced, MIMO Streamcaster Radios into Vector™ and Scorpion™ small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).

The MN-MIMO technology in the Silvus 4200 and 4400 Streamcaster series radios provides high speed, tactically secure data, and high definition video communications in tough RF environments. For sUAS customers, the integration of a Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) radio into our systems enables robust, assured networking between the air vehicle and the ground controller and interoperability with other nodes on the network.

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2in1 System – More possibilities in one product

Vector and Scorpion form a 2-in-1 sUAS system kit. Scorpion is a tri-copter that can be utilized for dynamic urban environments and other mission sets that require a combination of maneuverability and hover to collect ISR and Situation Awareness information. By configuring the base fuselage with fixed wings and tail section, Scorpion transforms into Vector, an energy-efficient, fixed-wing VTOL for longer range, longer endurance ISR missions.

Increased customer benefit through strategic cooperation

The pairing of Silvus’ MN-MIMO technology with the Vector and Scorpion 2-in-1 system will provide long range, robust, and reliable communications and surveillance capabilities suitable for rugged and rapidly changing environments.

Florian Seibel, CEO of Quantum-Systems said, “We have tested several tactical mesh radios in several scenarios before making our decision to go with Silvus: range, reliability and performance are class-leading.  Because there are versions available from Silvus that are non-ITAR this will help to sell our Vector and Scorpion on a global scale”

David Sharpin, CEO of Auterion GS said, “We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Silvus Technologies as we bring Vector and Scorpion to US Defense and Security markets. Flexible, multi-node, tactical networking is a key element of our sUAS ecosystem. Last week we announced our Skynav Gov scalable ground controller.  Silvus radios will be integrated with  Skynav controllers which will in-turn be integrated into the Vector/Scorpion sUAS product offering in the US.”

Kasey Cooper, Director of Unmanned Systems for Silvus Technologies, said “The partnership between the Quantum-Systems, Auterion GS, and Silvus Technologies aligns with our desire to collaborate with cutting edge companies and technologies. This teaming will give our customers, foreign and abroad, a highly sophisticated end-to-end solution for their sUAS needs. The Vector and Scorpion 2-in-1 sUAS system kit solves a long standing CONOPS problem I’ve seen. The quick reaction capabilities of a small VTOL and long endurance desires of a fixed-wing, all in one kit.”

About Auterion GS Inc: Auterion GS is building an ecosystem of unmanned systems capabilities by providing everything from assured hardware components, to integrated software, to complete sUAS solutions. We are a catalyst in driving adoption of open standards and software based on open source for Government customers. We are located in Moorpark, California. Learn more at www.auterion-gs.com

About Quantum-Systems GmbH: The Munich based company has been developing class-leading VTOL sUAS for the mapping industry. Our Trinity F90+, together with qBase, the Quantum proprietary mission planning and execution software, has been deployed hundreds of times into commercial operations. Learn more at www.quantum-systems.com

About Silvus Technologies: Privately held and headquartered in Los Angeles, Silvus Technologies develops advanced MIMO technologies that are reshaping broadband wireless connectivity for mission-critical applications. Backed by an unmatched team of PhD scientists and design engineers, its technologies provide enhanced wireless data throughput, interference mitigation, improved range, mobility, and robustness to address the growing needs of its government and commercial customers. Learn more at www.silvustechnologies.com

Auterion and Quantum-Systems partner on two new VTOL sUAS for US Defense and Security markets

Auterion and Quantum-Systems partner on two new VTOL sUAS for US Defense and Security markets

Integration with Auterion’s Open Source Operating System aligns with DoD’s Group 1 UAS Architecture

Los Angeles, California, and Munich, Germany – 10 February 2020 – Today, Auterion Government Solutions Inc (AGS Inc) and Quantum-Systems GmbH announced that they have partnered to bring the Vector and Scorpion small Unmanned Aerial Systems #sUAS to the U.S. Government Defense and Security markets. The partnership brings together best-in-class sUAS hardware with a secure, scalable, open source, operating system, Auterion OS. Auterion OS is currently employed on an ecosystem of sUAS from small multi-rotors to hybrid VTOL Group 2 air vehicles.

Vector and Scorpion form a 2-in-1 system kit. Scorpion is a tri-copter that can be utilized for dynamic urban environments and other mission sets that require a combination of maneuverability and hover to collect ISR and Situation Awareness information. If required it
comes with a tethering system to enable 24/7 operations.

By configuring the base fuselage with fixed wings and tail section, Scorpion transforms into Vector, an energy-efficient, fixed-wing VTOL for longer range, longer endurance ISR missions.

Quantum-Systems currently utilizes a proprietary flight control stack as well as its QBase3D command and control software on these two air vehicles. When the platforms are integrated with Auterion Enterprise PX4 TM software, Auterion Ground Station software, and the Auterion Hand-Held Ground Control Station (H-GCS) they form an open ecosystem that is aligned and integrated with DoD’s Group 1 UAS Architecture and requirements for a common Group 1 control system.

This integration enables these sUAS to be extensible, tailorable and interoperable for customers in both the US Defense and Security markets.

David Sharpin, CEO of AGS Inc said, “we are excited to be working with Quantum-Systems to bring forth a new, integrated, rucksack portable sUAS that we feel will transform the way our customers collect, process and disseminate ISR and Situation Awareness information, in all environments. AGS Inc and Quantum-Systems are standing up manufacturing operations in the US and are utilizing assured subsystems and software to provide a secure solution offering for our customers”.

Florian Seibel, CEO of Quantum-Systems said, “teaming up with AGS Inc will change the market in many ways. AGS Inc is a key partner in the development and deployment of DoD’s Group 1 UAS Architecture. Together with our new tactical platforms Vector and Scorpion, this
will meet the requirements and needs of the U.S. Government Defense and Security markets. We will enable our global customers to either run our proprietary stack or be integrated with AGS Inc’s enterprise software and H-GCS from now on. By setting up a US entity, Quantum-Systems will move closer to the customer while working on setting up a large scale US production”.

About Auterion Government Solutions Inc:

AGS Inc is building an ecosystem of unmanned systems capabilities by providing everything from key components, to integrated software, to complete UAS solutions. Open source is at the core of what we do. We are located in Moorpark, California.
Learn more at www.auterion-gs.com

Contact:
Carlotta Greco
carlotta@auterion.com
(415) 799-8020

About Quantum-Systems GmbH:

The Munich based company has been developing class-leading VTOL sUAS for the mapping industry. Our Trinity F90+ , together with QBase3D, the Quantum-Systems proprietary mission planning and execution software, has been deployed hundreds of times into commercial operations.

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

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