The UAV robotics project AEROARMS selected for the European Innovation Radar Prize

The UAV robotics project AEROARMS selected for the European Innovation Radar Prize

September 27, 2017
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AEROARMS is a five-country project that proposes the development of the first UAV robotic system with multiple arms and advanced manipulation capabilities to be applied in industrial inspection and maintenance. The Innovation Radar Prize of the European Commission is actively identifying high potential EU-funded innovations and innovators and seeking to help them get their innovation ‘out of the lab’ and into (or at least closer to) the market. 

The European project AEROARMS is one of 10 innovations selected to compete for the Innovation Radar Prize in the “Industrial & Enabling Tech” category.

The Innovation Radar Prize is run by the European Commission (EC) and is actively identifying high potential EU-funded innovations and innovators and seeking to help them get their innovation ‘out of the lab’ and into (or at least closer to) the market. From today to late October a poll will be open for one month for public vote to select 4 innovators who will go to Budapest during the ICT Proposers Day event, on 9-10 November 2017 where a jury (panel of experts from investment, innovation, accelerator sectors…) will select the winners, after a pitching session. Anybody can vote here.

The EC has short-listed one of the innovations designed for the project AEROARMS, the torque free contact device for integration into multi-rotor platforms innovation. This innovation was developed by CATEC research center, within AEROARMS project, where a novel drone, that is able to perform inspections that require contact, like ultrasonic, has been developed. This is a major step for drones to not only “see” from air but also “touch and feel”. The drone presents a tilted-rotor configuration that allows very precise movements, and also, a completely novel contact device that permits to decouple and dampen external perturbations (wind, external forces while touching) from the aerial platform

As Anibal Ollero, coordinator of the project, says: “After the experience gained thanks to EC-funded project, we have focused in solving real industrial problems advised by leading end-user companies and attract the market interest. The Innovation Radar Prize is a great opportunity for us to show this technology and find possible interest in the companies”

AEROARMS proposes the development of the first UAV robotic system with multiple arms and advanced manipulation capabilities to be applied in industrial inspection and maintenance.

AEROARMS in numbers

AEROARMS is an ongoing H2020 project with more than 5.7 million euros budget participating five countries and nine partners, the University of Seville, coordinator of AERAORMS, FADA-CATEC, the Technical University of Catalonia, the German DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics and the companies TÜV NORD Systems GmbH and Elektra UAS GmbH, the French Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, the Italian Consorzio C.R.E.A.T.E, and the Swiss companies ALSTOM Inspection Robotics and Sensima Inspection. The project will be finished in 2019.

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