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The initiative PLANET will experiment the application of unmanned aircrafts for the monitoring and environmental surveillance in Doñana

June 22nd 2011

CATEC is currently participating in the PLANET Project, belonging to the EU VII Framework Programme, for the integration of UAVs with wireless sensor networks to monitor and to take decisions in matters of environment conservation

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The initiative PLANET will experiment the application of unmanned aircrafts for the monitoring and environmental surveillance in Doñana
It involves the development of new technologies for planned trajectories, UAVs guidance and control, which let them optimize data collected from the sensors adapting UAV’s trajectories to the evolution of the phenomenon which is been watched –environmental pollution, animal movements- and also to display new sensors to improve monitoring,

This research is part of the European Project PLANET, financed by VII Framework Programme, with a budget around 7 millions Euro and which is also granted by 4,9 millions Euro from the European Commission.  

Pioneering results of this research will represent a novelty in the international sphere. Tests will be carried out at the nearby Doñana Parc, getting advantage of this Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructure, where there will be experimented advances that results of this research may mean for the conservation of protected spaces of special environmental value and, in general, for the pollution fight and environmental defence. This phase of the experimentation will be carried out in 2012 and 2013. The project is currently in the phase of system design and methods research to be tested.

Besides its application in environment conservation, this project has a second scenario of application on airports automation. In this sense, more experiments are expected to be carried out at the ATLAS Experimental Flights Centre in Jaén, which is promoted by FADA-CATEC, and that strength not only the leading role of our country but also the Andalusian leading role in this European project, which has also the participation of AICIA-University of Seville, the Doñana Biologic Station of the Spanish National Research Council, Boeing Research and Technology Europe and ETRA. Apart from these five institutions, together with the consortium in charge of developing these projects there are 7 more partners from Germany, UK, Italy and Belgium.

PLANET project uses results from the finished AWARE Project of the VI Framework Programme, coordinated by the scientific director of CATEC, Aníbal Ollero. Some of the results obtained then about the display of sensors with autonomous helicopters will be applied in unmanned autonomous aircrafts, such us Viewer and X-Vision, both belonging to CATEC.


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