SOCO-DRONE

System for Oceanic and Coastal Observation Using Drones

To promote good environmental status of marine waters, UAVision, DEIMOS and Hydrographic Institute joint forces in project to increase national capacity to monitor remote ocean.

In an ambitious and innovative initiative, will be designed and developed two fixed wing and high endurance UAVs, based on the current UAVision WINGO platform, which will be adapted to oceanic monitoring. The aircrafts will weigh less than 40 kg, which is achieved because of a large capacity of miniaturization of sensors built by UAVision.

After the required tests, there will be a round trip demonstration flight of 500 km to the Gorringe bank (marine protected area, located 120 nautical miles WSW of St. Vincent Cape, recently included by the Government in the National Natura 2000 sites list). It will be up to the Hydrographic Institute to design and validate the ocean observation component, assuming the dual role of partner and end recipient.

The two UAVs will fly in collaborative and complementary mode over 10 hours, collecting data on human activities and the environment, transmitting them to a ground station, and allowing its spread through NIPIM@R's initiative, to selected entities and public in general. The two UAVs will fly in collaborative mode and complementary over 10 hours, collecting data on human activities and the environment, transmitting them to a ground station, and allowing its spread through NIPIM @ R initiative to selected entities and public in general. The project will increase the national capacity to mobile remote monitoring ocean and coastal waters, thus contributing to promoting the Good Environmental Status of marine and coastal waters of Europe, main objective of the Framework Directive on Marine Strategy.

The flight of UAVs will be pre-programmed, performing independently, although there is the possibility, from the ground station, to change the respective parameters. This includes, in this case, not only altitude and route, but also the data to be transmitted in real time on each phase of flight. Will be, as far as possible, avoided costly satellite communications, summarizing them to data streams from m-XAUVs and protection of the fault of the other systems.