“PercEvite” is a project funded by the European organization SESAR, which¬†stands for Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research. In short, SESAR coordinates developments and research in air traffic management, in order to arrive at common European solutions, shared and supported by all countries.

Air traffic management is going through exciting times due to the booming drone market, as more and more professionally and personally operated drones are taking to the skies. If not managed well, these drones may endanger conventional air traffic (think of rescue helicopters), other drones, and people and property on the ground.

A solution is required that allows drones to detect and stay clear of other aircraft and obstacles on the ground, all by themselves. And it would be most effective if this solution is also suitable for the large group of small drones.

The goal of PercEvite is to develop a sensor, communication, and processing suite for small drones. It will enable detecting and avoiding ground-based obstacles and flying air vehicles without necessitating human intervention. To avoid ground-based obstacles, we aim for a lightweight, energy-efficient sensor and processing package that maximizes payload capacity.

The PercEvite consortium consists of two academic and two commercial partners:

  • TU Delft
  • KU Leuven
  • Parrot
  • AeroVinci

In the course of three years (starting from September 1, 2017), these partners want to show the potential of a light-weight sense-and-avoid package (in the order of 200 grams), based on frontrunner technologies and extensive real-world tests.