University of Limerick

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Aerial Systems

In CRIS, we focus on a wide array of UAV/drones technologies and applications that range from inspection of electricity networks to the use of drones in manufacturing. Our drone group is a dynamic application-focused research team, interested in problems that can be solved using drones or unmanned vehicle technologies. We aim to develop blended autonomy systems, with a special interest in the development of the computation engines that enable the drone to operate both autonomously and with pilot in the loop for hazardous or close quarters critical work, addressing the key challenges such as navigation, 3D reconstruction of the environment, machine learning algorithms and managing low power restrictions. Our facilities include a well-equipped drone laboratory, including commercial fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones, along with a wide array of portable sensors and equipment (navigation IMUs and transponders, LIDAR, HD cameras, photogrammetry, thermal cameras and other sensors). 


  • Photogrammetric 3D image reconstruction 
  • Drone applications in smart factories
  • UAV/drones for remote sensing operations including long-range/long endurance
  • Advanced aerial surveillance technology
  • UAV systems for inspection of Wind Energy Farms
  • Systems Infrastructure and transmission lines
  • Development of LIDAR techniques in UAV operations
  • Flight command & control systems and airborne systems design
  • Robot systems – flight control
  • Enhanced piloting environment


CGT50 fixed wing

A 4,71 m wingspan T-Tail UAV, autonomous system with vertical take-o¬/landing, 6 hours endurance, 5 kg payload,+18.000 ft. max. altitude...


Built in-house on the PX4 Flight Stack, this eight rotor heavy lift octocopter supports up to 5kg payload options with significant fight time (40 minutes base)..

DjI M300

Offering up to 55 minutes of flight time, advanced AI capabilities, 6 Directional Sensing & Positioning and more....

DJI M600

Extended fight time and a 5 km long-range, ultra-low latency HD image transmission for accurate image composition and capture,...

Recent Surveys and Trials

Trials JUN 2023

Final Demo Rapid project, Hambourg, 20/06-25/06/2023


Habitat survey – birds detection
Clifs of Moher, 10/06/-12/06/2023


Automated inspection for Offshore Wind survey, Kish 10/12/-19/12/2022

Survey DEC 2022

Habitat survey – birds detection, South coast, 10/12/-19/12/2022


ESB Power Line inspection,
Wicklow, 21/06/2022

Survey May 2022

Survey Coastal erosion,
Inismann 03/05/-04/05/2022


Costal trials, Newcastle, 10/02/-11/02/2022



Demo CGT50, Ballykinlar, Northern Ireland 04/05/2019

CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY for advance research

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