Unmanned aerial systems have left their birth environment, in the military area, to represent today a reality that is present in the fields of leisure, entertainment, science and industry. Different organizations worldwide have made growth estimates of the global UAV market from the current more than 27,000 million dollars, to about 60,000 million in five years.
It is precisely in the scientific and industrial fields where higher market growth is expected, now the military and leisure sectors are already consolidated. The main interest of the research group for unmanned aerial systems is focused on solutions within the scientific and industrial field where UAV-based systems can provide the means to fulfil specific mission requirements.
In this sense, we can stand out the industrial solutions for light provisioning for large industrial production plants provided by the research group. These are cutting-edge solutions in technology that seek to streamline internal logistics processes within large-area factories, to supply jobs with small parts or tools that are needed, quickly, at specific times and points, unexpectedly. Small UAVs with a certain load capacity, equipped with innovative tools for indoor navigation without GPS, autonomous landing using artificial vision and with integration with MES/ERP systems, can provide a solution to light logistics problems in large factories.
In the same way, UAV systems for the inspection of pipelines and railways using artificial vision with onboard cameras can be an economical alternative for the exploration and search for defects in large infrastructures. The specific design to cover long distances, together with the analysis capacity based on the captured images that the UAV is equipped with, represents a competitive advantage within the field of inspection.