The biosecurity application stream focused on the development of an unmanned aircraft system for performing Miconia weed surveys, creating the autonomous systems to enable safe low-altitude flight in difficult terrain, a sensing system to capture data suitable for manual off-line detection of weeds such as Miconia, and tools for generating survey flight plans and off-line analysis. These were demonstrated in flight tests.
Watch the CSIRO SMR-1 in ‘Robots to ResQu our Rainforest’.
CSIRO SMR-1 Platform Specifications
Platform: CSIRO SMR-1
Launch Method: VTOL
SMR-1 Platform Applications: Research platform, vegetation monitoring and infrastructure inspection
Power Plant: 23cc 2-stroke gasoline engine
Maximum Flight Endurance with Payload: One hour with 0.95 kg payload
Maximum Range with the same Payload: 5km, limited by telemetry range
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 12.4 kg