solution

MDV offers an advantageous solution for lifting and transporting suspended loads through the use of rotating wing aerial platforms, designed in order to be able to exploit the advantages in industrial processes, definitively solving the problem of load oscillations.

The solution involves the development of a control system for rotary wing aircraft that integrates functionalities oriented to the control of suspended loads, including the fundamental capacity of automatic load oscillation damping.

The system will be called Suspended Payload Control System (SPCS) and is intended as a COTS product containing the necessary functionalities to make a rotary wing aircraft, with or without a pilot, suitable for aerial work with suspended load.

Functionality

Automatic minimization of oscillations without the need for dedicated sensors

Auto-tuning
Automatic setting of parameters

Upwind Hovering
Self-orientation of the bow into the wind (for UASs with rudder tail)

Cargo release
Load hooking / unhooking management

BVLOS oriented
Full compatibility with BVLOS operations in automatic flight modes

 

Features

OEM conception
Integration with autopilot firmware or on dedicated hardware

Multi-platform
Compatibile con ogni configurazione di mezzo aereo ad ala rotante: manned, unmanned o OPV.

Multi-scale
Compatible with platforms of various weights and sizes

Multi-application
Highly configurable to suit different missions

Multi-condition
Can also be used at night, with wind and low visibility

No additional sensor
The innovative filter uses common on-board sensors to estimate and dampen oscillations, it does not require dedicated sensors

Extension of functionality

Cooperative Mode
Use of UAS in cooperative mode for the transport of elongated loads

Serial Mode
Stabilization of loads in series to optimize transport times and costs

No additional sensor

The solution proposed by the team differs in a particular innovative feature that is strategic for its real application in industry. The algorithm underlying the SPCS is in fact the only one that does not require the installation of ad hoc sensors for estimating the load dynamics (optical sensors, potentiometers or inertial platforms). Based on a few parameters known a priori, such as the weight of the load and the length of the rope, the algorithm is able to estimate and therefore counteract the oscillations of the load, whether the aircraft is in hovering or proceeding in advanced flight.

Cooperative Mode

The use of cooperative RPA training, scalable and reconfigurable depending on the type of operation, allows for the extension of transport operations even to loads that would be too heavy or bulky for the capabilities of a single RPA. A formation composed of a certain number of RPAs, which can be configured according to the needs, can in fact better adapt to loads of elongated shape (trunks or pylons) and can provide redundancy of means during transport. The training can be driven by a single operator as if it were a single vehicle, even in BVLOS operations.

Serial Mode

The distribution of serial loads has several advantages if applied in sectors where it is strategic to optimize costs and transport times. The MDV team works to extend the potential of the SPCS unit estimation filter in order to make it fully effective even in the case of transporting multiple loads in series, for which the minimization of oscillations represents a more difficult challenge.

MDV S.r.l.

laboratorio di Meccanica del volo

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