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Earth Observation by Autonomous Solar UAV

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 947373

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    3 February 2020

  • End date

    2 February 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 663 500

  • EU contribution

    € 1 864 450

Coordinated by:

XSUN

France

Objective

XSUN develops an innovative autonomous solar drone dedicated to earth observation. Inspired from satellite earth
observation, XSUN aims to offer affordable earth data acquisition performed by unmmaned autonomous vehicules to a
range of end users which have all express their support to the SolarXOne project : Linear infrastructure observation (such as
railway, pipeline or electrical grid), environmental & security surveillance issues (forest fire detection, traffic surveillance),
Maritime observation (traffic surveillance, fishing surveillance), precision agriculture (monitoring of the health of crops and
livestock). A first autonomous prototype is ready (TRL6). Thanks to a patented double-wing innovative design, the
performances of SolarXOne are disruptive compared to existing solutions: large payload capacity (7kg) enabling to carry a
wide range of data acquisition sensors, very stable flight enabling precise data acquisition, long flight (>600 km / Day),
cheaper price for end user compared to competitors. A world record of autonomous solar flight will be tempted in the next
months. SolarXOne project objectives are to industrialise the drone production with enhance performances. Adaptability to
Hydrogen energy source will be added as well as vertical take-off capability. Market demonstration will be done during the
project for linear infrastructure, fire detection, maritime surveillance and precision agriculture. Two operating centres will be
opened in France and Germany. XSun is based on 2 complementary business models: earth data service commercialization
operated from the control centres and complete system commercialization. Market analysis have been performed for each
segment and the business plan shows promising revenue reaching 30 M€ in 2025. XSUN has been created in 2016, its team (12 people) is composed of experienced managers and business developers in the aerospace industry as well as young passionate engineers.

Coordinator

XSUN

Address

5 Route De La Croix Moriau
44350 Guerande

France

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 864 450

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 947373

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    3 February 2020

  • End date

    2 February 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 663 500

  • EU contribution

    € 1 864 450

Coordinated by:

XSUN

France