The RH2 Stern robot helicopter system consists of a helicopter with camera or other sensor(s) and a groundstation from which the operator controls and monitors the helicopter. The helicopter is equipped with sensors and a computer system that provide stabilisation and control. Robot helicopter systems have been delivered to the Dutch Police Force (KLPD) and the Dutch Ministry of Defence.
Thanks to its low weight and small dimensions, the robot helicopter is easy to transport, e.g. in a small van or stationwagon and quick to deploy. Since the robot helicopter has the ability to hover, and perform vertical take-offs and landing, special infrastructure like a landing strip is not required. The control system developed by Delft Dynamics allows the operator to safely control the helicopter after a minimum of training. Thanks to its low weight the robot helicopter is very quiet and environmental friendly compared to its manned counterpart in terms of polution and disturbance. Last but not least, the robot helicopter is much cheaper in direct and indirect cost. More about the helikopter.
The control of the helicopter is done from the ground using the groundstation which shows the status of the helicopter and the payload. It shows for example the position, velocity and direction of the helicopter, and also the amount of fuel and the voltage of the onboard battery so that an operator can plan the mission accordingly. To enhance the situational awareness, the position of the helicopter is shown on the map and if a camera is present, the direction and field of view of the camera is also indicated. More about the groundstation