Freespace Operations ‘CHAPPiE’ Beacon flies Callisto 50 – sUAS Information


This spectacular video was filmed north of Adelaide at our very first trial of our new Freespace Operations ‘CHAPPiE’ Beacon used at the side of our flagship Callisto 50 modular industrial multirotor UAS. Freespace Operations carried out this preliminary road-based trial commanding the Callisto 50 to carry an offset distance, heading & peak above floor from our 4×4 with the Beacon mounted on the bonnet. Driving at as much as 80 kph most street pace we wanted to show the built-in system performance previous to doing full ship-based trials later that month on the Autonomous Warrior 2022 occasion at Jervis Bay, NSW for the Royal Australian Navy. 

This new expertise has many potential makes use of together with permitting the flexibility for cargo supply with transferring ships in varied ship-to-shore, shore-to-ship & ship-to-ship eventualities. Utilizing Beacon with Callisto 50 (& future FSO plane) permits for the monitoring, intercept, perch/hold-off place & touchdown/take-off from transferring vessels which different precision touchdown strategies (comparable to visible QR codes) don’t totally accommodate. Mixed with Callisto 50 we are able to carry as much as 25kg cargo in a single journey or unfold throughout a number of supply locations. 

Additionally the expertise will enable for elevated surveying potential beneath commonplace VLOS rulesets with the Callisto 50 having the ability to observe a street car with distant pilot onboard. An instance is for an operations crew to drive alongside service roads devoted to HV electrical pylons & different main infrastructure without having troublesome to acquire BVLOS permissions because the pilot will stay in clear VLOS with the plane always (plane will keep in mounted place relative to the street car & pilot’s view)

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For a quick technical description, the Beacon is an independently powered unit with a full ArduCopter flight stack configured with twin RTK GPS {hardware} in direct comms with Callisto 50 UAS through 915MHz meshed RF hyperlink. The ‘Freespace Operations RF Beacon’ {hardware} & software program framework has been within the works for 3 years, starting with the event of ArduCopter v4.1. It utilises Trigonometric S-Curve Navigation together with different new options coupled with LUA scripting working seamlessly with the industry-leading management precision & authority of the Callisto 50 UAS. 

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