Hi everyone! It has been a while since I’ve had the chance to sit down on a Sunday evening and simply design something for my pleasure. ⁣

I was doing some research and came upon the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. It heavily encourages innovation and solutions for underground mapping of terrains such as DUMBS, Tunnels and Natural Cave Systems.⁣

This GURA® SLAM-ORB system features “Simultaneous Localization and Mapping” technology which has already matured pretty well. My idea was to put it into an orb form factor enclosure and implement a drone propellor system with 4 strategically placed thrust ports. ⁣

The rotors suck air from the top intake, creating a low pressure zone above the orb and lifting it up efficiently. Dual rotors in each hub provide precise thrust vectoring for dexterity and maneuvering through unexplored territory.⁣

The integrated optical lasers scan the environment at a 240Hz frequency for high fidelity geometric mapping. This data is crucial for expeditionary missions, reconnaissance, rescue and military applications. ⁣

The operator simply initiates the orb and releases it into the unexplored area. The GURA® SLAM-ORB will autonomously fly and map the whole area and RTB. Data can be extracted by wired & wireless connection.⁣