Drone Supercharger

Do you want a drone ready to be in the air 24 hours/day, 7 days/week? We're propossing this automatized drone supercharger. Go up darling!!!

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We are designing an intelligent drone battery exchanger network.

Our goal is that, at low cost, to have our drones 24 hours on air. In addition, they will travel long distances efficiently and intelligently thanks to this smart network of superchargers - connected between stations and with drones - that will allow effective routes to be drawn while maintaining a fleet of drones flying.

There are many challenges to be solved, however, we believe that it is essential that an openharware network of drone supercharger exists.

Elon, pay us 1.000.000 $, first notification!

We need a sturdy and robust system that serves as an automated platform for landing and replacing drone batteries. It has to work with different kinds of drones.

During the design we have thought of a platform that would serve for any type of drone, and that could be done by anyone.

After this design phase, we want to manufacture the first prototype testing its actual operation.

If someone else is encouraged, let us know!


These are the final instructions

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  • The final video

    frasanz04/22/2018 at 20:57 0 comments

    And here is, this is our final video just some hours before the end of the contest!

  • The final design

    frasanz04/22/2018 at 18:22 0 comments

    Here  is the final design, you can download it  here:

  • About the cylinder and other issues

    frasanz04/19/2018 at 15:28 0 comments

    The Cylinder has now a steeper motor and a maltese cross system so it can be rotated and inmovilized using the same system.

    Now the shovels that push the tabs have an IR sensor to detect the proximity 

    Lowering the battery

  • Improvements in the centering system

    frasanz04/13/2018 at 17:29 0 comments

    Fermin has been working on how to improve the centering system - maybe the most important issue once the drone is landed. As you can see in the pictures, now there are end of carriage detectors. We have moved from belt to spindles, in this way both pushers can move independently. There are also new sensors to help steppers to be positioned.  As one can see, some parts can be 3d-printed.

    1: Pushers // 2: Longitudinal steppers. // 3: spindles // 4: Central piece to host bearings // 5: Protector

  • Improvements in battery box

    frasanz04/12/2018 at 18:42 0 comments

    We have been working in battery connectors improvements. The main issue is that we need a robust system  to manage tension and LiPo charge balancing. One has to have in mind that there will be lot of  connetions and un-connection in the platform life.    

                      Connector detail

    Box with rail and connectors (multipurpose - both cylinder and multi-drone)

    Cylinder with batteries

  • What happens when the drone lands?

    frasanz04/07/2018 at 08:05 0 comments

    Here is the promised video. Landing complete sequence. Yet many things to be re-thinked, but one can have an idea of what we want to achieve. 

  • But, where the drone lands and takes off?

    frasanz04/06/2018 at 22:30 0 comments

    Here are some pictures of our drone-port. The main purpose of this drone-port is to move the drone - after it lands - to the exact point where the arm can replace the battery. There will be a video tomorrow.

    Here is the overall picture of the platform. The arm to replace the battery (and its support) in the left.

    The bottom of the platform

    Just when the dron lands.

    two bars move (thanks to stepper motors) to catch the drone

    Some details

  • Here is a video on how to release the battery

    frasanz04/05/2018 at 19:51 0 comments

  • How to release the battery

    frasanz04/04/2018 at 11:25 0 comments

    Last monday we were talking on how to release the battery, to choose and discard all the concepts of design that we had been thinking about the system of extraction of the battery, we evaluate their pros and cons. And we determine that a cam that rotates by moving safety tabs, releasing  is the most optimal way.

    Step 1: the arm in which the cam is at its extreme, expands towards the drone, this movement is parallel to the drone's landing zone.

    Step 2: the cam reaches the back of the drone.

    Step 3: the cam rotates and displaces the safety tabs.

    Step 4: the arm shrinks to its shortest position by removing the  the battery (it's inside a case).

    Step 5: the  arm descends to the cylinder plant, which is where the batteries are recharged. This cylinder consists of slots.

    Step 6: In the same way that it get a battery from the drone, it deposits it in a cilynder empty slot.

    Step 7: the cylinder rotates to the position of a new battery with energy (already charged)

    step 8: the arm expands and extracts the battery, (as in step 2.3 etc.)

    Step 9: the arm goes up  where the drone is waiting for the battery with fresh energy.

    Step 10: the arm is expanded to introduce battery, which is attached to the cam.

    Step 11: the cam rotates, causing  to fix the battery to the drone, giving it tied to the drone.

    Step 12: the arm shrinks decoupling completely from the drone. That giving this with a charged battery.

  • What are we doing?

    frasanz03/30/2018 at 22:31 0 comments

    We're now evaluating which technologies are more viable for the communication between stations. 

    We want to be able to draw drone flight plans so we can exchange information about reports, take off, etc. between stations. Help is welcome.

    We're thinking about the different uses thar Drone Supercharger will have in different scenarios, including country and cities and how all of this can modify our design.

    Some design attemp
    Some design attemp

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  • 1
    1) Station operational verification.
  • 2
    2) Communication and control of the drone by the station for the operation.
  • 3
    Drone is landing

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kahache7 wrote 04/22/2018 at 11:37 point

great idea!!!

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frasanz wrote 04/23/2018 at 13:29 point

Thanks sir!

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Víctor Navarro wrote 04/21/2018 at 19:19 point

Very interesting project to help drones to fly autonomously. Wonderful!!!

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frasanz wrote 04/23/2018 at 13:29 point


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Deleted account wrote 04/18/2018 at 14:19 point

Amazing project! The future is here :)

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frasanz wrote 04/23/2018 at 13:29 point

Sure!!, Thanks mr. Luis

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frasanz wrote 03/30/2018 at 23:13 point

Help about (cheap) worldwide technology to exchange information between  station - station and station - drone is welcome.

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