Our vision and goals
The original idea that brought the founding RadioPlane team together was to create a drone that could accurately and reliably scan an area for various metals all by itself and keep performing that task automatically by recharging itself. One that could relieve us of mundane and/or dangerous tasks that can easily be performed by a machine. One that could be used for treasure hunting but more urgently landmine detection.
Because we wanted to be able to connect various different modules, the drone body ended up with two payload mounts and multiple hubs on the underside, front top and rear top enabling us but also users to connect a wide variety of existing equipment and to develop new modules that can be plugged in to the altogether nine interfaces.
Though the modular design was initially conceived so that we could attach different modules we intended to develop ourselves, we realized that by standardizing our hubs so that anyone could connect their own equipment or modules, we had effectively created a playground for users to expand on the functionality of the Seeker basic drone.
Thanks to Tobias' pioneering work on flight control systems for quadcopters over the last decade and Tom's extensive experience building drones and using them himself professionally, the RadioPlane team had a head start in creating fully functioning autonomous flight system software and designing a high quality, innovative, modular, built to fly drone.
From Seeker drone to Charging Pad to Ground Control Station to Mission Planning app to promotional video to website to kickstarter has taken us 33 months.
Our immediate next steps are to prepare our drone for field demonstrations and promote this campaign. We hope to get funded so we can afford to set up a manufacturing facility for standardized drone production and to start scaling up our drone to carry a significantly heavier Geonics Limited EM-61 metal detector commonly used for demining.
In November 2017, we were fortunate enough to attend the Mine Detection Symposium in Basel, Switzerland organized by the Urs Endress Foundation. The topic was "Expansion on Explosive Detection Sensor Technology for Unmanned Aerial Systems". We were making a UAS for detecting metals and are very interested in attaching a module that can detect explosives.
We learned a lot about the strict and specific requirements to become officially certified as proper demining tool and we intend to work closely with the United Nations specialists and regulators as well as commercial mine removal service experts we met at the symposium to meet all necessary requirements and specifications.
Stretch goal $100,000
Should our kickstarter campaign make it past $100,000, we would immediately move our 3D SLAM project to develop an advanced mapping and navigation system forward. This incorporates advanced sensor equipment and enables our drone to map and navigate complex terrain through the creation of a three dimensional map of it's surroundings. And to motivate us and you, our supporters, the additional reward for crossing $100,000 is a 10% discount on the next generation 3D SLAM mapping system for everyone who buys a drone package.
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