So great!

This week Barry and myself were working on the agri version of the drone just as a concept. We ordered a small spraying tank, and waited for it to come.. We got nervous when we did not get it on Friday. So we checked and indeed out of stock. Our local shop de Schuur (the Barn;  this is also in the name of the village nearby: Barneveld) was checked and indeed they had one, and were prepared to sponsor! So we can have it for demonstration. This is the good thing of rural life:  people build up relations and there is trust! So we recommend you to visit de Schuur, they have good tools and are not expensive. www.deschuurbv.nl

 

Finalizing the airframe

The Lipo batteries are charged all and have a nice 62.2 Volts. The MGM charger is OK. We learned how to use it. With the testing of the ESC’s we found one defect. So we will have to have that replaced!

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Finalizing for the control system attachment

As we did test the control system, we aimed to put the gyro in the centre of gravity, while the ESC switches could be best placed at the rear for easy access. The GPS antenna cable needs to be extended as that one would need to be placed best at the rear. Barry and my self are working on this. And as usual Barry made some nice structural parts! As you can see it is SOTA!

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Design software

One of the team members worked on adaptation of the drone system for agri tasks. The results are great. Next, we will work on the visualization of other tasks and in the fire fighting we also will soon show a premier ambulance version. With Marko we worked on a simple design tool for such multi rotor crafts. It is easy to use and gives the designer good parameters like power, energy requirements, sound indications, etc.. This is all very useful for the professional versions!

 

Financial person found!

Good to let you know that we have an interesting candidate for this function in the team. He has a good track record in the area where we need it in the professional phase. Will introduce him later in the next blog. We think this is a good development: simply said: feels good.

 

Test preparation

The testing of the craft is planned using a protocol that has been prepared by the team. But as we have now only 11 motors that can function, we think we can test with 6 Inverted Y (IY) or even 4 coaxial. For the testing we start with indoor hall testing, and have 3 locations in the picture. So where we will let you know!

 

NLR

With NLR we had some fruitful discussions on the concept and there is a good change that we can see a cooperation in the future where NLR can be involved in a number of issues like certification requirements, safety issues, avionics/flight control, etc..

 

DGB

With the Dutch Policy Directorate dealing with Certification in the Netherlands we had good first discussions on the craft as being a manned multicopter or a RPAS.  There is a good change that it will consult a number of scientific experts for developing a testing framework for electric driven multicopter systems.

 

First contacts with possible investors

We have started to contact a number of investors already some time ago and are in discussion with some of them on the terms and conditions.

 

NL Funding of RPAS development for agricultural tasks

There are also huge market opportunities for this craft as RPAS. For the new precision agriculture we are currently with a number of science and business partners preparing a R&D proposal to further develop the applications, that are most close to market.  Things move, and getting parties aligned takes time.