One of the largest drone halls in Europe opened its doors in December 2019 and fascinated visitors with research results from the University of Klagenfurt.

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Klagenfurt can be proud of being home to the Drone Hall Klagenfurt, the largest indoor research space for aerial vehicles with the biggest tracking volume in Europe: 100 square meters large (extensible to 150 square meters by opening a sliding door) and 10 meters high. It has been built to support the work of many young and enthusiastic scientists at the University of Klagenfurt, in particular, those contributing to the area of aerial vehicles.

Not only is the hall the most modern one of its kind but it is enriched by all kinds of (technical) details as well. Some of them are 5G connectivity, dimmable lighting, university campus proximity, and volume tracking realized by 37 OptiTrack motion capture cameras. …

By Michal Barcis, Agata Gniewek, Roland Jung, and Petra Mazdin

The growing market for small drones has lead to the availability of new models for both consumer and commercial purposes. At the same time, there is an increasing interest of scientists to do drone research, which ranges from exploring the control of a single drone to establishing intelligent swarms of drones. The question is: Which drone to choose for our research activities in the context of our doctoral school on networked autonomous aerial vehicles? This question will be discussed in this short blog post.

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Photo by Christian Bettstetter / University of Klagenfurt

When comparing different drone models, certain constraints need to be considered. Our work in multidrone systems puts a constraint in terms of the price per unit. Other relevant constraints and considerations are as follows: Release date, flight time length, computational power, take-off weight, payload (additional sensors or load), dimensions (a compromise between the payload and the size), low level controller specifications, wireless connections, sensors on board, open-source software, quality of documentation, possibility to customize a platform, and compatibility with PX4. These requirements are not the only ones but are the most relevant ones for our research. …

Petra Mazdin

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