• 25 Oct 2022
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Aerial Drones, Ground Drones, and Water Drones: 3 Innovative Models

In the first in-depth analysis dedicated to drones, we explained what a drone is and its purpose after a brief historical overview highlighting its original military applications. We saw how the versatility of this technology and the possibility of remote piloting allowed it to play a leading role in many fields characterized by harsh or dangerous conditions for humans. Today, drones are widely used in sectors such as civil engineering, non-destructive diagnostics, geodesy and surveying, urban planning, architecture, archaeology, environmental management, and agriculture.

In this article, we want to delve into the different types of drones and introduce you to three drones from the Novatest range.

First of all, what are the main differences between aerial, ground, and aquatic drones

Aerial drones, also known as remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), find extensive use in civil applications for territory monitoring activities.

Ground drones, called rovers, are vehicles resembling cars and are employed for control, patrolling, territory surveillance, and inspections. Thanks to their wheels, they can be used for monitoring operations even in rugged conditions.

Aquatic drones, also known as submersible or underwater drones, are used for surveys and inspections in aquatic environments. They are capable of reaching significant depths and providing high-quality images and footage. They are divided into two categories: autonomous wireless drones called autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that function remotely through a power cable.

Aerial Drone: mdLiDAR HR1000

mdLiDAR HR1000

The mdLiDAR HR1000 is an integrated system for the production of optimized 3D point clouds for terrestrial surveying in the construction, oil and gas, mining, and volumetric analysis sectors. HR stands for high-resolution point cloud with extended coverage, thanks to the Velodyne PUCK VLP-16 sensor. It helps collect data efficiently and safely, saving time in the workflow and reducing costs.

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Ground Drone: NOVArover 900S

NOVArover 900S

The NOVArover 900S is the first skid-steering mobile robot with rubber tracks and an advanced suspension system designed for a wide range of applications and critical conditions in the fields of engineering, geodesy, and geophysics surveys and investigations. It can be used as a robot with automatic mission planning for ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys, 3D mapping, inspections of cavities and inaccessible sites, agricultural facility monitoring, inspections, surveillance, or industrial applications. The unit can be configured with GPR, laser scanners, or LiDAR, GNSS RTK receiver, RGB-D camera, motor encoder, or other customizations based on specific survey requirements.

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Aquatic Drone: iBoat

iBoat BS3 USV

The iBoat BS3 USV is a rapid and intelligent unmanned surface vehicle with unparalleled usability and a professional hull design. It features a high-performance single-beam echo sounder, high-precision GNSS positioning, and onboard control and data acquisition software. The excellent sonar module offers a measurement range from 0.15m to 300m, adaptable to different working environments. Additionally, ADCP and side-scan sonar can be added for versatile applications.

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