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Safe aircraft UAV landings/takeoffs on marine vessels

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Russia to develop new system to ensure aircraft /UAV safe takeoffs and landings on ships

Russian engineers have developed unique system to monitor aircrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) takeoff and landing onboard ships and offshore engineering structures. The system will be presented by MariNet, National Technological Initiative (NTI) working group, within the framework of the International Exhibition NEVA-2017 to be held in St. Petersburg from September 19 to 21.

A team of the Krylov State Research Centre (KSRC) has been developing test prototype of the above system ensuring safe takeoff and landing of helicopters and UAVs.

The Centre’s engineers have developed technology enabling noncontact measurement of air flow nearby air strips considering peculiarities of flow around superstructures of ships and offshore structures and generation of separation areas. At that real-time data on airflow structure in helicopter / UAV takeoff and landing areas are displayed by the system being developed.

Also, the Krylov Centre has developed a technology to predict air flow patterns depending on increased / reduced wind velocity and varying ship heading and motion speed. The system predicting ship or platform kinematic parameters (amplitude and speed) to ensure accident-free landing and takeoff is developed. Also, the technology to estimate ship kinematic parameters at varying heading and motion speed thereof is elaborated.

It should be noted that the advanced commercially produced control system for aircraft / UAV takeoff and landing onboard ships and offshore engineering structures developed in Russia will cut the likelihood of accidents with helicopters and UAVs under takeoff and landing modes, as well as enlarge application domain thereof thanks to selection of optimum heading angles of carrying vessel.

Such systems will be of competitive gain for Russian UAVs and ships accommodating airborne vehicles and UAVs over foreign counterparts.

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