Unmanned Aerial System Monitors for Dangerous Marine Life, Sends Alerts & Conducts Human Rescues

Marine UAS Search & Rescue UAV

The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), Little Ripper or “SharkSpotter”, helps humans avoid incidental encounters with dangerous marine life.

Using advanced motion control technology and AI, the UAS is designed to monitor and identify threats within the marine landscape of popular beaches. It can also issue alerts to beachgoers, lifeguards and emergency services.

When necessary, the UAS can also aid in rescue missions by releasing a lifesaving flotation pod into the water, as well as electronic shark repellent.

When a valid object is detected in the water, the UAS categorizes the object as a shark, whale, dolphin, stingrays, boat, surfer or swimmer. According to a research associate at UTS, Dr. Nabin Sharma, the detection and categorization algorithm is 90% accurate (human spotting via helicopter is only 18% accurate).

Technologies that are particularly important for the UAS include:

  • Intelligent Flight Control
  • Intelligent Orientation Control
  • Video Stabilization
  • Resistance to Temperature Extremes/Harsh Environments
  • Collision/Obstacle Avoidance
  • Return to Home

The UAS was developed in collaboration with The University of Technology Sydney (UTS), The Ripper Group and Westpac Group.

US Motion provides custom mechatronics and advanced motion control engineering for ground-breaking UAV manufacturers around the world, including UAV manufacturers for the exploration and search & rescue industries.

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