HELIODRON – Development of a remotely piloted solar aeroplane for surveillance missions

The main objective of the project is to design and manufacture a non-pollutuing solar aeroplane with a low manufacturing and operating cost and with an extensive range with the aim of obtaining geophysical data designed to provide surveillance for the areas flown over with greater precision than that of satellite systems.

The work of the CTC will focus on the development of a novel browsing system based on redundant GNSS and inertial navigation system (INS) sensors, which will provide a positioning and orientation solution to the airship of great precision and robustness.

The Project is coordinated by the Technological and Renewable Energy Institute (Instituto Tecnológico y de Energías Renovables, ITER), a research centre with an international reputation in renewable energy, engineering, telecommunications, and the environment. The company AEROSERTEC and the Technological Centre CTC take part.

This initiative is jointly financed by the 2016 Collaboration Challenge programme of the Ministry for the Economy and Competitiveness by means of ERDF funds and has a budget of 775,542 €. The duration of the project is 27 months.