The intended service addresses a wide variety of applications which are all in the domain of real-time airborne observations or critical situation management such as flood monitoring, fire management, maritime pollution monitoring, pipeline monitoring, etc…. The service delivers an end-to-end solution where the customer receives real time imagery and near-real time image derived products (e.g. maps) at his/her office desk. Furthermore, an interactive channel allows the customer to directly communicate with the service operator and make specific imaging requests in real time.
The service uses light-weight medium sized RPAS that can operate beyond line of sight for command and control.
The customer is offered a fully integrated service eliminating the need for additional investments and this at cost lower than solutions currently offered on the market.
The end users involved in the LUMEN project are:
A first assessment with the users revealed the following needs:
Maritime use case:
Flood monitoring case:
The implemented LUMEN service consists of:
In the LUMEN project we demonstrate two 2 specific use cases: flood extend mapping and maritime coastal monitoring. The space segment and the ground segment are common for both use cases while the air segment is specific for each use case.
The air segment used for the maritime coastal monitoring is a Cryowing Explorer equipped with an HD RGB video camera and an uncooled thermal imager mounted in a gimbal system. The system has an endurance of 10 hours at 100 km/h.
For the flood extend mapping a Cryowing Scout equipped with an RGB camera and a thermal imager is used. This system has an endurance of 2 hours at 70 km/h.
Following space assets are exploited by LUMEN:
A successful demonstration was held in October 2018.
The demonstration flights of LUMEN demonstrated the maturity of the RPAS platforms to be used in an operational service. Especially the maritime surveillance use case was very successful, demonstrating the ability to fly and operate in real, suboptimal conditions.
In preparing and executing the flights the NORUT/VITO team demonstrated the operational availability, reliability and flexibility of LUMEN RPAS with