Prometheus offers a unique and superior solution to inspection in hazardous environments through the robot’s combination of features.
Reconfigurable with a unique folding wing design that enables it to contract before and during deployment and expand prior to flight.
Operate in a confined space e.g. tunnels and caves, due to the stability enabled through AI.
Operate underground in GPS denied environments.
Can carry a payload of 3D LiDAR which can be customized with additional thermal and optical cameras.
Operate in unknown environments beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS).
Operates autonomously navigating and exploring unknown spaces using advanced AI techniques.
Operate in total darkness and low light conditions.
Can be deployed down a 150mm access pipe or bore hole.
Prometheus has been designed, built and tested by a consortium led by Headlight AI, an SME working with leading edge sensor and data processing technologies. Partners include Network Rail, an end user which will use the robot to explore and map mine workings that extend under existing rail infrastructure; Callen-Lenz an SME with expertise in airborne robotic systems development and deployment; Thales who provide expertise in sensors and adaptive sensing software and the Universities of Manchester, Royal Holloway and Bristol who have integrated the latest sensors, control and manufacturing techniques and Advanced AI into a novel and highly capable platform.
Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway infrastructure.
Thales is a global technology business operating across aerospace, defence, digital identity and security, transport and space.
University of Bristol’s Aerospace Engineering team are leading experts in the control of autonomous unmanned vehicles.
The Royal Holloway University of London Department of Computer Science are leading experts in autonomous systems using artificial intelligence.
Following our field trials a few months ago, we created this video to share our progress and celebrate the work of the Technical Team.Read More
In March 2021, the Headlight AI team produced a mini-film about the Prometheus project’s story so farRead More