When entering areas effected by landmines and other remnants of war, de-miners constantly put their own lifes 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, 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. Is is an autonomously flying detection and detonation system, operated by a specialised de-miner from a safe distance. This ensures that the de-miner does not need to approach the danger zone themselves, but can instead remotely monitor the clearing process. Using systematic scanning and identification techniques, Manta offers not only a safer but a much faster way of de-mining than traditional techniques. It operates in two steps:
Mantas eight powerful motors and 30′′ propellors 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 where besides the functionalities common to all drones, here 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 Motor 100KV|
|Camera||1080P FULL HD, 10x Optical Zoom, 3 Axis Gimble|