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Technology Factsheet

eBee

Category: Robotics > Characterization and Inspection > Airborne System
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Collects aerial photography of 1-10sqkm in a single flight at down to 5cm precision. The eBee has a flight time of up to 45 minutes allowing to cover areas of up to 10sqkm in a single flight. With its 16MP camera it can shoot aerial imagery at down to 3cm/pixel resolution. The images can then be used to create maps and elevation models with a precision of 5cm.

Site:Fukushima
Industry:Airborne
Size:Large (20-100kg/40lb-200lb, 60cm-120cm/24in-48in)
TRL:Operational (9)
TRL2:Operational (9)
Tether:No tether - Endurance 30-60 minutes
Waterproof: *
Payload: *
Reach: *
Manipulator: *

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Suited for outdoor use and possibly large indoor spaces.

Operational Experience: Drone Adventures was founded in Lausanne, Switzerland in March, 2013 Drone Adventures, and they've been conducting post-disaster autonomous UAV mapping missions in places like Haiti, where updated maps can be critical to aid distribution (in the short term) and infrastructure management and repair (in the long term). Their most recent adventure happened last November in Japan, where they partnered with the Center for Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo to explore how the area devastated by the Fukushima Daiichi disaster has been recovering.

Drone Adventures traveled to three different towns around Fukushima, including Iidate, Hisanohama, and Tomioka.

All of the data that Drone Adventures collected was donated to local municipalities, and presented at geospatial data conferences in Japan and elsewhere. And while they're doing some incredibly sophisticated stuff, they're using off-the-shelf hardware and software. The drones are tossable and completely autonomous, and when paired with the mapping software, you can just highlight a region on a map and let them fly. They'll take off, navigate, snap pictures, gently crash-land right in front of you, and then build a seamless high resolution 3D map.

Read full blog at Fukushima Drones Eye View . This has images and maps produced by the drone.

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