Uavos Develops Pan-Tilt Platform for Drone Tracking Systems

Published: 23 Nov 2017 | Author: Mike Rees

Uavos pan-tilt platformUavos has announced the introduction of the OPU-03, a rotary turret manipulator on a pan-tilt platform designed to accommodate observation or target tracker equipment. The pan-tilt platform is capable of handling equipment weighing up to 220 lb (100 kg), and can be used to track fast moving objects, monitoring mobile potential threats such as drones at long distances.

The system is built on a two-axis turntable driven by BLDC (direct drive) motors to accommodate the payload. The device includes a GNSS module and a magnetometer for synchronizing the device with automatic control systems.

The pan-tilt platform can be equipped with an optoelectronic system (OEC). In this configuration the device can be used for monitoring and precise guidance of various devices on the target, to capture and follow the target, and to create a panoramic picture. The built-in computer allows users to apply high-speed video processing algorithms that provide target recognition and identification at distances up to 3.7 miles (6 km) for ground objects and 6.2–9.3 miles (10–15 km) for airborne objects. The positioning accuracy is up to 0.35 mrad.

The technical capabilities of the tracking system, such as day or night mode operation, the target range, the size, speed and nature of the tracked objects are determined by the types of cameras and lenses used.

The operation of the optoelectronic system is based on the simultaneous use of an infrared camera, video cameras and UV cameras. The optoelectronic system works equally efficiently during day or night. The system processes and mixes the output signals, and also generates a high-resolution digital video stream that carries information about the tracked object. The pan-tilt platform can also be equipped with other payloads such as laser range finders and directional antennas.

“Our pan-tilt platform can be used for automatic scanning of air and ground areas to search, identify and destroy unmanned platforms at special-purpose facilities such as, for example, airports. The software has been fully developed in-house; the thorough design and our own manufacturing of complete solutions, both hardware and software, allows us to achieve good operational and technical characteristics,” said Vadim Tarasov, UAVOS investor and Board member.

Watch a video demonstration of the platform below: