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$7,121 pledged of $50,000 goal
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About

Next generation autonomous drone system 

Our original idea

A flying metal detector can be used for a variety of tasks. But as the RadioPlane Seeker is fully modular and has an open design, it can also be used for any other jobs requiring an autonomous, self-charging drone.
A flying metal detector can be used for a variety of tasks. But as the RadioPlane Seeker is fully modular and has an open design, it can also be used for any other jobs requiring an autonomous, self-charging drone.

How the Seeker System communicates

The Seeker is programmed to locate the Charging Pad, precisely land on it, recharge and resume its task. Thanks to our software engineer's 14 years of experience in developing drone control systems, the flight control system is already fully functional.
The Seeker is programmed to locate the Charging Pad, precisely land on it, recharge and resume its task. Thanks to our software engineer's 14 years of experience in developing drone control systems, the flight control system is already fully functional.

Powerful mobile app

The easy to use mobile app for smart phones and tablets enables you to change settings, plan missions and examine the mission results and detection locations. Different mission types and real time notifications will be available.
The easy to use mobile app for smart phones and tablets enables you to change settings, plan missions and examine the mission results and detection locations. Different mission types and real time notifications will be available.

Specification overview

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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.

Detailed technical specifications

Risks and challenges

We could have launched our Kickstarter campaign one year ago, but we wanted to keep the risk for you, our backers, as low as possible.

So where are we now? We have working prototypes of our Seeker drone, metal detector module, Ground Control Station, Charging Pad and our mobile app. We even have a fully working software for all our features. We are able to perform fully autonomous metal detection missions including area selection on the mobile device, automatic takeoff, scanning and mapping of the area, automatic recharging and landing. Please see our videos in the prototype gallery (more are coming soon).

What are our next steps? We are in the process of finding the right partners for mass-producing our devices. Some small but not too complex developments have yet to be made (e.g. some PCB designs). Optimizations of our hard and software, integrating the results of hundreds of test flights, are being carried out on a daily basis to further improve our system.

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    RadioPlane T-shirt

    Awesome high quality cotton RadioPlane T-shirt.

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    RadioPlane Seeker Basic (Early Bird)

    Early Bird offer for the Seeker Basic Drone.

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    RadioPlane Seeker Basic

    This is the basic version of our Seeker Drone. Perfect for your own projects, modules and tasks. It can be extended later with all of our other accessories.

    Propeller options:
    - 16" folding carbon (add $120)

    Video transmitter options:
    - Low range 25mW (upon request)
    - Long range 1,000mW (add $21)

    Data link options:
    - Long range 500mW (add $20)
    - Ultra long range 1,000mW (add $170)

    Includes:
    • Seeker Drone
    • 8 channel radio controller
    • Smart battery 6s 16Ah
    • 16" carbon propellers
    • GPS / GNSS module
    • Video transmitter 250mW
    • Data link 100mW
    • Universal top mount
    • Universal gimbal mount
    • Universal battery charger
    • Padded 17" soft case
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    Seeker Full System (Early Bird)

    Early Bird offer for the Seeker Full System without metal detector kit.

    Please add $1.100 for the optional Retractable Metal Detector kit.

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    Seeker Full System (no metal detector)

    This is the full Seeker Drone System. It contains the Seeker Drone with numerous added sensors for centimeter precision flight and landing capabilities as well as the Ground Control Station and Charging Pad.

    No Metal Detector Module is included, the modular drone is ready for your own modules, tasks and missions.

    Propeller options:
    - 16" folding carbon (add $160)

    Video transmitter options:
    - Low range 25mW (upon request)
    - Long range 1,000mW (add $21)

    Data link options:
    - Long range 500mW (add $20)
    - Ultra long range 1,000mW (add $170)

    Rangefinder options:
    - Tera Ranger 1 (upon request)
    - SF 10/A or SF 10/B (add $49)

    Includes:
    • Seeker Drone
    • 8 channel radio controller
    • Smart battery 6s 16Ah
    • 16" carbon propellers
    • RTK GNSS / D-GPS module
    • Video transmitter 250mW
    • Data link 100mW
    • Universal top mount
    • Universal gimbal mount
    • Conductive legs
    • Charging Pad
    • Optical flow sensor
    • Optical landing sensor
    • Rangefinder Lidar Lite V3
    • Ground Control Station
    • Padded 17" hard case
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    Seeker Full System (with metal Detector)

    This is the full Seeker Drone System. It contains the Seeker Drone with numerous added sensors for centimeter precision flight and landing capabilities as well as the Ground Control Station and Charging Pad.

    This version includes the Retractable Metal Detector module and is a ready to use flying metal detector.

    Propeller options:
    - 16" folding carbon (add $160)

    Video transmitter options:
    - Low range 25mW (upon request)
    - Long range 1,000mW (add $21)

    Data link options:
    - Long range 500mW (add $20)
    - Ultra long range 1,000mW (add $170)

    Rangefinder options:
    - Tera Ranger 1 (upon request)
    - SF 10/A or SF 10/B (add $49)

    Includes:
    • Seeker Drone
    • 8 channel radio controller
    • Smart battery 6s 16Ah
    • 16" carbon propellers
    • RTK GNSS / D-GPS module
    • Video transmitter 250mW
    • Data link 100mW
    • Universal top mount
    • Universal gimbal mount
    • Conductive legs
    • Charging Pad
    • Optical flow sensor
    • Optical landing sensor
    • Rangefinder Lidar Lite V3
    • Ground Control Station
    • Padded 17" hard case
    • Retractable Metal Detector package
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    Consultation package

    Includes the RadioPlane Seeker Full System with Metal Detector package along with spending a day with our technicians Tom and Tobias. They will travel to your location or arrange travel to our location for up to two persons and demonstrate and explain deeper functions and possibilities of the drone.

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