The mission
The aim of the MPU research project is to develop a small portable Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), capable of hybrid flight. The MPU RX-4 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) will perform a variety of missions, including, photogrammetry, 3D mapping of urban areas, cartography, precision agriculture, search and rescue, industrial inspections, patrols, reconnaissance and surveillance.

The innovation

Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
The MPU RX-4 will have a unique combination of conventional fixed-wing flight and VTOL capability (hybrid flight), combining advantages of both fixed-wing and multirotor UAVs. That way, It will be deployable from almost any terrain, and have the ability to hover over areas of interest.

Autonomous Flight
The in-house flight controller will be able to achieve the vehicle’s convergence to a pre-defined trajectory in an autonomous way using Galileo GNSS. In addition, the RX-4 will be able to compensate for any external disturbance such as wind, measurement noise etc.

Obstacle Avoidance
The aircraft’s perception system contributes to its safe operation. This is achieved by recognizing and avoiding potential obstacles in collision course, maintaining sufficient distance from the ground, as well as landing on level terrain.

The aim is to achieve a maximum take-off weight of less than 4 kg, in accordance with the UAS Open Category CAT A1. Moreover, the UAV design will be modular, and the Ground Control Station will be a portable lightweight pack, equipped with a tablet and integrated telemetry system, offering an increased portability. The MPU platform is also capable of carrying multiple types of payload.