THESE ARE THE DRONE HERO EUROPE 2019 WINNERS!

On the 9-10th of April, the European drone community gathered in RAI Amsterdam for a very exciting 3rd edition of the Commercial UAV Expo Europe. Just like the past two years, EUKA announced the winners of the Drone Hero Europe contest 2019 during the exhibition. Six eager finalists competed to become a Drone Hero by pitching their drone innovation project in front of 13 jury members joining in from all across Europe. During the long-awaited award ceremony, three proud winners were announced in three different categories.

Start-up Drone Hero Europe 2019

STEVEN VERVER

RONIK

The Netherlands

RONIK

With the patented RoNik UT Beam drone it is possible to execute UT thickness measurements on I beams of, for example, storage tanks. The UT beam drone is RoNik’s proprietary development and is based on patented technology that enables the drone to measure the thickness of I beams using ultrasonic thickness measurements (UT). The drone has been specially developed for indoor use in industrial confined spaces and can be controlled in the presence of steel and concrete.

Motivation of the jury:“Ronik offers a working solution for a real need with a high potential of scaling up internationally.”

International Drone Hero Europe 2019

ROBERT JONKER

Clear Flight Solutions

The Netherlands

CLEAR FLIGHT SOLUTIONS

Airports, harbours, agricultural- and waste management sites are places where birds are neither safe nor welcome. The only effective and lasting way to remove birds is by introducing a natural enemy and creating a system surrounding this predator. The Robird by Clear Flight Solutions looks and flies like a real bird. Its presence triggers the instinctive behaviour of other birds and is therefore highly effective in bird control.

Motivation of the jury: “Clear Flight Solutions solves a problem on an international scale, making aviation safer and protecting the environment.”

Innovative Drone Hero Europe 2019

DAVIDE FALANGA

University of Zürich

SWITZERLAND

UNIVERSITY OF ZÜRICH

The recent advances in state estimation, perception and navigation algorithms have significantly contributed to the ubiquitous use of quadrotors for inspection, mapping, and aerial imaging. PhD Student Davide Falanga from the University of Zürich proposes a novel, simple, yet effective morphing design for quadrotors, consisting of a frame with four independently rotating arms that fold around the mainframe to fly through narrow gaps. The movement of the quadrotor is similar to the movements of a flying bird.

Motivation of the jury:“University of Zürich has built a clever innovation inspired by nature.”