Kur­dis­tan merges mi­cro air­plane to dem­i­ning

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Mine Ac­tion Agency (IKMAA) tested fly­ing a mi­cro air­plane hop­ing the new tech­nol­ogy to be uti­lized in sur­vey­ing mine­fields in the Re­gion’s hard-to-reach moun­tain­ous ar­eas.

With op­er­at­ing this Switzer­land-made plane called Swinglet CAM, IKMAA aims to ac­cel­er­ate and push for­ward the dem­i­ning op­er­a­tions and specif­i­cally in sur­vey­ing the mined ar­eas.

Fly­ing mi­cro air­plane is the first ex­pe­ri­ence ad­hered in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The test fly tech­ni­cally sup­ported by Geneva In­ter­na­tional Center For Hu­man­i­tar­ian Dem­i­ning (GICHD was car­ried out on May 9th 2013 in an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Mr. Si­raj Barzani Head of IKMAA, Deputy Head Ali Ha­mad Beg, and a num­ber of gov­ern­men­tal and lo­cal of­fi­cials as well as two ex­perts from GICHD.

In a first test, the jet has taken sev­eral im­ages of a mine­field near Mer­ga­sor town, north­east of Er­bil. For fur­ther con­fir­ma­tion, the same plane was tested again on 11th May 2013 in a mine­field near Pen­jwen town in Suleimany prov­ince.

The aerial im­ages taken by the jet in both tests has been ex­tracted; now IKMAA ex­perts are study­ing the re­sults to no­tice the Swinglet CAM ef­fec­tive­ness, par­tic­u­larly for op­er­a­tion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion at­mos­phere.

The Swinglet CAM has a flight time of up to 30 min­utes al­low­ing to cover ar­eas of up to 4sqkm in a sin­gle flight. With it's 16MP cam­era it can shoot aerial im­agery at down to 3cm/pixel res­o­lu­tion. The im­ages can then be used to cre­ate maps and el­e­va­tion mod­els with a pre­ci­sion of 5cm. The swinglet CAM can be used to sur­vey pur­poses and es­pe­cially for the mined ar­eas which are hard to ac­cess. How­ever, weather fac­tors af­fect the im­age qual­ity.

Due to its light­weight, Swinglet CAM can be car­ried, flied and caught while land­ing by mere hands with­out the need of us­ing para­chute or land­ing net.

The in­cluded eMo­tion 2 soft­ware lets the op­er­a­tor plan, sim­u­late, mon­i­tor and con­trol the tra­jec­tory of the Swinglet CAM both be­fore and dur­ing flight. With sim­ple drag & drop ac­tions the op­er­a­tor can des­ig­nate the area to be mapped and gen­er­ate a flight plan; and with a

sin­gle mouse click one can up­date the mis­sion or re­turn the Swinglet CAM to its start­ing lo­ca­tion. The Swinglet CAM is fully au- tonomous from take-off to land­ing. No pi­lot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired:

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