The European drone industry needs to develop new, beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) technologies that allow service providers to perform complex drone operations and navigate without any human intervention. The EU-funded ADACORSA project will increase the public and regulatory acceptance of BVLOS by developing technologies for safe, reliable and secure drone flight in all conditions and during the flight phase. Within the scope of the project, research and development activities of components and systems for sensing, telecommunication and data processing will be carried out. Stakeholders will adapt technologies from the automotive industry for radar, LiDAR sensors and 3D cameras to the drone market; It will also offer hardware and software for accurate sensor coupling and data analytics, as well as technologies for safe and reliable drone communication.
ADACORSA aims to strengthen the European drone industry and increase public and regulatory acceptance of BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) drones by demonstrating technologies for safe, reliable and secure drone operation in all situations and phases of flight. In addition, the demonstrations and studies will enable the development of drone-led smart industries, which will pave the way for greater acceptance of drone technologies by the public/industry. To achieve these goals, 35 physical and virtual BVLOS demonstrations will be performed within the scope of the project.
Contributing to the project with the demonstration in the supply chain number 7, the task of TÜBİTAK BİLGEM in the demonstration is to develop the ground station software containing an artificial intelligence-based high-level task and route planner module for the truck and excavator in the construction site display. TÜBİTAK BİLGEM will hold this demonstration together with Ford Otosan (truck developer), Buyutech (excavator developer), Turkcell (communication provider) and Robonik (as drone developer), which are stakeholders in the supply chain and also participating from Turkey. TAI, which also participated in another demonstration in this supply chain from Turkey, will complete its demonstration by carrying loads beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) via the drone it has developed. Within the scope of the demonstration, which is planned to be held in 2023, basic construction site operations will be carried out by autonomous drone, truck and excavator vehicles located in the construction site, via ground station software. During this demonstration, while autonomous trucks and autonomous digger vehicles perform soil digging and unloading missions over the ground station interface in a mission-based manner, using the developed route planning algorithms and inter-vehicle messaging infrastructure, the drone reaches the pre-mission area and creates a mission that will endanger the safety of the operation through the sensors on it. It will inform the ground station whether it is the case or not.