SPH Engineering has released the third generation of its UgCS SkyHub hardware, along with the largest update of the UgCS SkyHub software.
The UgCS SkyHub hardware is a unique Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) onboard computer to support the collection of data from diverse sensors. The development accumulates the five-year knowledge of supporting diverse ‘drone and sensor’ integrations for geophysical and hydrographic purposes.
The first generation version of UgCS SkyHub was developed in 2017 to integrate a low-frequency GPR system with DJI M600 Pro drone. Since then, its functions have been constantly improved, connectivity possibilities have been extended, and support for more types of drones and sensors have been added.
As of today, the functions of UgCS SkyHub enable maintained flights of UAVs with a mounted sensor (like a magnetometer, echo sounder, metal detector etc) and the collection of data from sensors like GPR, methane detector, gamma radiation counter, etc. which do not have an internal data logger.
Data is recorded in CSV format as well as in the formats compatible with specialized software for sensor data processing (SEG-Y, NMEA-0183, etc.). The True Terrain Following mode automatically allows constant elevation over surface using real-time data from radar or laser altimeter while the Grasshopper mode allows for flight between waypoints at safe altitude, and measurement making.
“The 3rd generation of UgCS SkyHub thanks to its 5x serial ports, Ethernet, Bluetooth and WiFi connections provides virtually endless capabilities for sensors integration,” said Alexey Dobrovolskiy, CTO at SPH Engineering. “The 1st generation of SkyHub born back in 2017 had only 1 port for an external sensor, much less computation power and memory. Latest hardware will be our basement for integration and custom solutions for the next few years until we will not create something even more powerful and exciting.”
The UgCS SkyHub hardware is compatible with all popular commercial-off-the-shelf enterprise drones and platforms. Power for UgCS SkyHub is provided from the drone’s main battery. UgCS SkyHub eliminates the need to have a separate battery or power circuit for the sensors.