The aircraft deployable drone system nicknamed „Jack in the Box“ – winner of the Galileo Masters 2018 Ireland Challenge – provides multiple data streams via satellite to emergency personnel in remote and dangerous locations. Responding to wild fires is hazardous, difficult to communicate effectively and assessing the big picture is currently almost impossible. We are providing the tools to combat these challenges in one effective solution and adding great value in the process.
Using Copernicus Earth observation data, we identify our intended landing zones. Post deployment we transmit pin point location data from our home point which allows us accurately identify the location of assets, people or events unfolding on the ground over vast areas from a fixed position. We will be applying similar strategies of deployment to that of Mars or Lunar landing equipment.
Upon impact we remotely deploy our tethered drone to a height of 100m, with the advanced camera system. We can stream a live video feed and thermal capability offering an aerial view of 300sq km or the ability to identify a human from as far as 10km. As the UAV is tethered, we can provide power from the ground up and have a flight time of 500hrs with a quality data stream down. We can also safely share the airspace with fixed wing and rotor craft as the UAV remains in a fixed position. A final benefit to both ground crews and civilians is the ability to provide internet connectivity remotely during and after the emergency that improves communication exponentially.
Applying surgical precision
By applying surgical precision using state-of-the-art drone & space technology, we are providing the ability to rapidly respond to a developing crisis, we will bring expansive emergencies to a faster conclusion, while saving lives, limiting cost, protecting assets and being friendlier to the environment far beyond what is currently achievable using traditional methods.
Merging UAV and satellite capabilities
Our participation in the Galileo Masters could not have come at better time. The drone industry is beginning to materialise into a stable entity with vast capacity for growth and satellite integration. I am firmly of the opinion that we have not begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities yet to come.
Through the process of the competition, we met Bruce Hannah and Rory Fitzpatrick of The National Space Centre Ireland. They have given us amazing support, solid mentoring, introductions to new opportunities and welcome advice, this led to additional benefits from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology where our offices are now based and provides us with generous research and testing facilities.
We have yet to maximise all the benefits of our accelerator prize from the E-GNSS Accelerator, we are first gathering all the other pieces of the puzzle so we can approach the manufacture of our concept in a co-ordinated fashion and go to market, having the additional capabilities and all that comes with it at our disposal has made the task easier.
Our ESA BIC application has just been approved and granted, David Gibbons of The Tyndall Institute and Enterprise Ireland who manage the BIC in Ireland have helped us tremendously and given us the confidence in their support and our own abilities.
Aside from the obvious a few surprising benefits have materialised that were unexpected: Clients are less likely to question our consultancy rates. When we make a call to reach out to a new company / individual, I have noticed we are more likely to get a positive call back. Our credibility has grown exponentially and with it our ability to deliver has improved.
We are in the process of engaging investors so feel free to get in touch: Ian Kiely, CEO Drone Consultants Ireland: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the author
Ian is CEO of Drone Consultants Irl & Drone Expo Irl, an experienced UAV operator, thought leader and visionary. Ian leads a multi award-winning team and is a regular media contributor. Currently developing new technologies focused on UAV and Satellite integration, mostly their work to date has been with government entities and blue light services.