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Heliodron, the new solar drone for surveillance missions developed by ITER

Heliodron, the new solar drone for surveillance missions developed by ITER

The revolutionary Heliodron project highlights the Canary Islands' commitment to clean energy and technology.

The Islands digital ecosystem, highly skilled workforce, and technological infrastructure have helped to bring to light the Heliodron project after 27 months of development. The Canary Islands Institute of Renewable Energy and Technology (ITER) has been working with Aerosertec and the Components Technology Center Foundation (CTC) to launch the project.

Heliodron is an solar powered unmanned aircraft, and prepared for aerial surveillance tasks in hard-to-reach areas. This drone, with great flight autonomy, will take images in critical locations without risking any life. It will also have other uses like inspecting farmland, infrastructure, and monitoring vegetation.

The prototype incorporates cameras in the visible and infrared spectrum and can transmit images and data. Furthermore, it has a long flying range reach an altitude up to 200 meters and flies at 20 m / s.

The ground station consists of a manual control interface and a processing and communications module that can be easily transported, and is designed to be carried by a single operator, who can view the images captured during the flight.

A project that has larger advantages over other surveillance systems thanks to its low manufacturing and operating cost, their availability, and their long flight range.

The Canary Islands are the perfect environment for developing technological projects with international reach and impact.