Little Smart Things have been awarded a grant from the Danish Innovation Fund to make their Cumulus One fixed wing drone able to land fully automated on a ship deck or other moving targets.
The Space dept. at the Danish Technical University (DTU) and Aalborg University are participating in the project with development of precise GPS sensors and the mathematical models needed for the automated landings on ships.
The use of drones at sea is increasing, and through the ability to land very precise on even small decks the Cumulus One will be a favorite tool for e.g. Search And Rescue (SAR) at sea, Man Over Board-rescue, Ice Management, Piracy avoidance and environmental surveillance.
The project starts in March 2015 and finishes in 2017.