DroneOps Ltd offers Research & Development of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) and robotic technologies through innovation and system integration together with construction of the drones, training for their use and ongoing technical support.
DroneOps Ltd participated in the Army Warfighting Experiment 2018 (AWE2018) to research and develop a prototype UAV to carry out a number of tasks required by the MoD in relation to identifying anomalies under the ground with some specific military parameters. It is the intention of DroneOps Ltd to continue the research using grants won from opportunities such as the GX Project (see next item) and other ongoing Government initiatives that DroneOps Ltd is expediting.
On the 11th November 2019, Drone Ops was invited to present at a ‘Celebration of the GX Project’ event on Tyneside.
Over the past two years the GX Project, a legacy project from the Great Exhibition of the North, has helped over 170 SMEs across the North East drive forward new innovations in their business through its 3 main project strands; Collaboration (With Universities), Connections (And Showcasing at Events) and Challenges (Set by Corporates). It has also provided Innovation Grants to nearly 30 companies across the region.
GX Collaborate funding has enabled DroneOps to work with Northumbria University on R&D relating to the use of drones as a flying platform carrying ground penetrating radars. The technology has the potential to dramatically improve the efficiency and safety of landmine detection processes in a number of ways. DroneOps was already involved with the Army Warfighting Experiment and GX Collaborate helped to de-risk the proposition for potential future investors.
Dominic Kelly, Managing Director of DroneOps, said: “GX Collaborate has acted as a springboard for us to tap into university expertise, it gave us the ability to further develop our proof of concept and we now have robust evidence to enable us to demonstrate how the technology saves time, reduces cost and removes the need for personnel to analyse the images produced by the sensor.”
DroneOps Ltd is pleased to announce the signing of a Partnership Agreement with NewcastleGateshead Initiative (http://www.ngi.org.uk/ ) and the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/). The GX Project – the legacy project of the Great Exhibition of the North- is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/erdf/) and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) (http://www.ngi.org.uk/about-us/), in partnership with the Innovation SuperNetwork and Newcastle City Council.
This ‘GX Collaborate Partnership’ will enable Drone Ops Ltd – following its participation in the Army Warfighting Experiment 2018 (AWE18) - to deliver a project over the next 5 months, working with Northumbria University to undertake research and development linked to the long standing ambition of DroneOps Ltd to develop an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) as a flying platform for Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) enabling landmines and other underground anomalies to be easily and safely located and identified.
At present, military and civilian personnel are put at risk when using GPR for the clearance of explosive devices. A GPR expert is also required to interpret the GPR data. This project comprises a number of complex work packages: one of which, involves the research, by Northumbria University, of the simulations of the GPR antenna, which is an initial but integral step in being able to train a neural network to interpret the data acquired from the sensor.