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Published on Mar 11, 2016
Eurecat Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV) Copilot is a new concept that has been developed by the Autonomous Systems unit in several research projects. A copilot is the second pilot in an aircraft. The Eurecat MAV Copilot is a smart payload for MAV or drones that upgrades any commercial multi-rotor to a fully autonomous intelligent MAV. The MAV copilot increases safety and executes the instructions delivered by the official pilot, who supervises the operation and keeps the ultimate responsibility.
The Copilot includes an On-board PC, interfaces to the autopilot, a dedicated ground control station and a configurable set of integrated sensors. It may provide the following functionality: • Redundant navigation based on multi-sensor data fusion • Thermal and visible digital downlink • Obstacle detection and avoidance • Target tracking • Autonomous infrastructure inspection • 3D reconstruction • Fleet Collaboration