When entering areas affected by landmines and other remnants of war, de-miners constantly put their own lives at risk in locating and deactivating or detonating individual UXOs. In the past decades, many have been seriously injured or killed while practicing their profession, with de-miners making up around 2% of total landmine victims. In addition to the inherent risk of these remnants of war, clearing efforts across numerous countries are also often affected by difficult climatic conditions and/or challenging terrain, thus posing even greater complications. These risks and difficulties that come with manual de-mining, along with the required reliability of the process make the detection and deactivation of landmines time consuming, expensive and hard to standardise.
The Manta drone is specifically designed to address this issue. It is an autonomously flying detection and detonation system, operated by a specialised de-miner from a safe distance. This ensures that de-miners do not need to approach the danger zone themselves, but can instead remotely monitor the clearing process. Using systematic scanning and identification techniques, the Manta offers not only a safer but a much faster method of de-mining when compared to traditional techniques. It operates in two steps:
Manta’s eight powerful motors and 30′′ propellers in coaxial configuration enable the heavy lifter drone to carry de-mining robots and sensors of up to 30 kg overall weight. It is powered by eight 6s batteries, giving it an impressive maximum flight time of 60 minutes. Manta is a flexible platform designed to be compatible with all MKD de-mining robots, which can be switched in seconds so use the Manta for a variety of operations. Manta is compatible with the Mine Kafon Ground Station, which in addition to the functionalities common to all drones, in this case the software also provides specific interfaces for each of the robotic systems.
|Size||100cm x 100cm x 40cm|
|Flight time||60 Minute Max|
|Motors||8 Brusheless engines|
|Camera||1080P FULL HD, 10x Optical Zoom, 3 Axis Gimble|
“The landmine cannot tell the difference between a soldier or a civilian – a woman, a child, a grandmother going out to collect firewood to make the family meal… once peace is declared the landmine does not recognize that peace. The landmine is eternally prepared to take victims”.