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AUDROS - Autonomous Drone Services in the CBRNe operations

The project builds on the team technological experience in the development of support structures for UAV’s, and on the numerous consultations and interviews with users in the security and military industries.

Objective of the study is to define a viable service based on autonomous UAV addressing the needs of users identified during the study and propose a realistic business model for its market introduction.

Users and their needs

Study is working in two different user scenarios and we also integrated a user case which corresponds fully with them:

User scenarios:

A. Radioactivity and Chemical Agents measurement using Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

UAV’s are a technology which is the centre of many safety and security development today. The lightweight UAV’s are one ot the specific technologies which enable better coordination of actions and monitoring of affected areas. Our focus is on monitoring of situation involving potential or existing CBRNe threats and on delivering real time or near real time information to involved units.

The users affected by this user scenario are typically military, civil protection units, fire brigades, police forces and also industry. 

B. Border and Area monitoring systems using Autonomous UAVs

Many countries have expressed a great deal of interest in UAVs to survey their state border. UAVs do provide several benefits to the state border guards improving the efficiency, covering large parts of the border line in a 24/7 regime. UAV’s can be combined with other technologies and sensors (in-situ and on-board), which improve the accuracy of reliability of reports and commands and minimise false alarms. 

Users are naturally the border police, police and military, additionally also prison officers could be interested.

C. User Case Fusion of sensors in network for threat monitoring and agent identification

Detection of an unidentified CBRNe threat and the need to provide an initial assessment of the scene, to detect the type of threat (meaning the agent) and to make an initial assessment of the area impacted by the hazard is key to the above described scenarios. Therefore, its understood as integral part of the study focus.

The objective is to identify or define sensors which optimally can be placed on UAV’ s and combined with sensors distributed in the fields in order to integrated the collected information.

Service/ system concept

The system concept consist of HW and SW solution.

HW part represents autonomous UAV system:

  • UAV with autonomous high precise landing sensors equipped with modular sensor system using cameras, thermo cameras, radiation sensors and differ sensors with agent detections. Set of mobile and in situ sensors are assessed to offer a solution without deploying unprotected staff. The data gathered are visualised and provided to dispatch/command centre in digital/graphical form to make qualified decisions
  • UAV hangar with autonomous landing system, battery replacement, air condition system and communication and computation unit.

SW solution has two most important parts:

  • Data management system that processes gathered data from sensors (partly on-site, party in the cloud), assesses available data from satellites and its useful combination for the use case solution and deliver outcomes to end users.
  • User interface that allows user to control the UAV, organize automatic UAV missions and control the UAV manually. Interface delivers to user outputs of processed data.


Space Added Value

Satellite Earth Observation (SatEO): Designed systems cover an important component use combination of in-situ and SatEO. This applies for service as meteorological information and forecast to analyse possible situation development. Also available near real time sat imagery is used to visualise the situation and provide best available data to command.

Satellite Navigation (SatNav) is crucial component to autonomous drone services and to military forces and rescue team management in the field. Navigation systems is implemented in wide range in the targeted services.

Satellite Communication (SatCom) is a communication system that can be used as part of the drone hangar to secure data transfer to remote dispatch/command.

Current Status

Project work is currently in progress.


Project contractors organized a deep markets research and based on meetings and talks with stakeholders identified several groups of potential clients:

  • Military research institutes
  • Military
  • Civil protection units
  • Local border protection units

Tests with UAVs using radiation and chemical detector sensors in autonomous mode are planned in September 2018.

Project Managers

Contractor Project Manager

Luděk Kühr
BizGarden s.r.o.
Příkop 2a,
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic
+420 605 822 228

ESA Project Manager

Beatrice Barresi
European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)
Keplerlaan 1,
2201 AZ Noordwijk

Status Date

Updated: 16 August 2018 - Created: 16 August 2018