A Prototype Drone for Measuring Depth has Been Invented at Sevastopol State University

The prototype of a drone capable of automatically measuring the depths of water bodies was the result of the work of the scientists Vladimir Nikishin, from the Department of Technical Expertise and Quality Management at the Polytechnic Institute of Sevastopol State University. and Maxim Durmanov, from the Department of Radio Electronics and Telecommunications at the Institute of Radio Electronics and Information Security.The drone measures the depth, temperature and salinity of the water. Engineers have been working on it since 2017. Now the invention has already been tested and a maps of the depths of the flooded quarry at Inkerman and Gollandia Bay have been created.Vladimir Nikishin has been working as a teacher at the Department of Technical Expertise and Quality Management for more than ten years. When he came up with the idea to create this drone, students also joined in with its development.

The crucial stage was the development of specialized software. The main task was that the drone could independently measure water in places where an ordinary boat with specialists cannot get to.Any measuring device can be placed on the drone and the drone can be controlled both automatically and manually, using the remote control.The drone can work on water for up to three hours and is able to move along a given path. Data is transmitted using a special antenna.

“The main difficulty is the right choice of sensors that are used in this drone. These are sensors of spatial orientation, course orientation, satellite navigation and, most importantly, measuring equipment. A lot of companies produce such drones abroad, but such drones are not common on the Russian market”, said Vladimir Nikishin.Now the university can produce work for military or environmental services in remote areas of water. A feature of the invention is not only its mobility, but also its price. It is much cheaper than its predecessors.

The Marine Hydrophysical Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, has already become interested in the new drone.