In the Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CRIS), we have been preparing to receive our new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), CGT50 SLT. The vehicle was manufactured by A-techsyn, a company who is specialised in UAVs technology. This UAV model has vertical take-off and landing with a wingspan of 4.5m, an endurance of 6 hours and a payload capacity of 4 kg. It is one of the first UAVs to use electric engines for take-off and landing and a combustion engine during fixed-wing flight. The CRIS researchers, Ger Dooly, Oran Dolphin-Murray, and Anthony Weir, attended the UAVs’ training at A-techsyn’s facilities in Turkey. The training included vertical take-offs and extended endurance flights operations, survey operations targeting coastal monitoring, SAR and offshore infrastructure inspection. It is expected that the new vehicle will be in our lab at the end of May when we will also be able to carry out the first tests over the Irish sky. More movies about our UAV training on our FB page, https://www.facebook.com/ULCRIS/.
CRIS team members Gerard Dooly, Anthony Weir and Oran Dolphin-Murray at UAV training in Turkey.