Project name: Unmanned system for maritime security and environmental monitoring
Project acronym: MORUS
Dates: 01.04.2015 - 28.02.2019
Total budget: 834,929.00 EUR
Funding: NATO Science for Peace
Grant Agreement number: 984807
The main goal of the MORUS project is the design and development of a fully operational complex robotic system prototype comprised of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) capable of autonomous and cooperative mission executions related to environmental, border and port security.
The proposed research is part of an internationally competitive field, with the main objective to design and develop an autonomous aerial and marine robotic system which is capable of collective engagement in missions taking place in dynamic and nondeterministic environments.
MORUS objectives are summarised as follows:
- Design and construction of an UAV with docking and transportation mechanisms,
- Visual-feedback-based docking and gripping algorithm,
- Design of an augmented-reality and easy to operate human-machine interface for simultaneous control of aerial and marine robots,
- Enhancement of the autonomous navigation capabilities and operational supportability in remote locations with little or no local support,
- Agile UUV redeployment through cooperation with an UAV,
- Data exchange between the UUV and UAV through cooperative control and estimation.
- Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
- University of Limerick
- University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Electrical Engineering
- Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
- University of Dubrovnik
The LARICS part of the MORUS team spent a week in a military base in Udbina preparing the MORUS aerial vehicle its first take off. Stjepan Bogdan, Matko Orsag, Tomislav Haus, Antun Ivanović, Marko Car were preparing the aerial vehicle powered by four internal combustion engines for its first flight.
We are happy to report that the maiden flight of the vehicle took place on November 17, 2017. In the final experiment, the vehicle was piloted through an RC controller, with height, yaw, roll, and pitch manually controlled by the pilot. This first flight demonstrated that the concept proposed within the project is feasible. Many lessons were learned during the week spent in the base, which will be used to improve the vehicle design and performance.