HORUS® Multicopter

The multicopter developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI offers a free 360° view for taking photos, videos and thermal readings. Thanks to its eight or more rotors, the UAV does not only offer a higher payload capacity than traditional quadrocopters, but it is also more immune to failures. Due to its modular exchange design, high technical variability and low costs, HORUS® is a real alternative to manned aircraft, but also to unmanned flying objects currently employed in scientific measuring campaigns.

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 itse field of application, such an autonomous aircraft can also be a cost-efficient alternative to manned flight campaigns. In this context, Fraunhofer IVI developed the HORUS® multicopter in cooperation with Airclip and the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) at 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. Microcopter technology served as a reference for the electronics assembly. 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 aircraft's safe and highly trustworthy flight characteristics were demonstrated in numerous test flights.

Application Areas

Aerial tracking of vehicles; video surveillance; image analysis and evaluation; extraction of movement information; 3D modeling; parameterization

  • Measuring of overtaking maneuvers
  • Videography and photography
  • Infrared images
  • Technology carrier functionality
  • Acquisition of samples
  • Building surveys

Within the Fraunhofer ALBACOPTER® Lighthouse Project, HORUS® serves a a platform for the development of sensor systems and an AI-based autopilot.