Octocopter HORUS

Flying Sensor Platform

For the acquisition of measuring data and images in areas that are difficult to access, an especially small and agile flying technology carrier is needed that can be equipped with a variety of different camera modules, sensors and measuring devices. Depending on the field of application, such an autonomous aircraft can also be a cost-efficient alternative to manned flight campaigns. In this context, the Fraunhofer IVI developed the octocopter HORUS in cooperation with Airclip and the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) of the TU Dresden.

The inspiration for the development of a hovering sensor platform had been drawn from a private quadrocopter project, in which valuable experience was gained with regards to various motor-propeller combinations, mechanical superstructures and the vibration decoupling of propellers, frame and electronic components. MikroKopter technology served as a reference for the assembly of the electronics. The technology used in the development of HORUS is based on tried and tested components, which are open to all users and which are discussed within chat forums and wikis.

After a few system adjustments, the calibration of the sensors and parameterization of the control algorithms, the safe and highly trustworthy flight characteristics were demonstrated in numerous test flights.