GALLERY: Czech-made robot drones help map rare historical objects

From Prague to Poland, the Czech Dronument project is using state-of-the-art technology to explore ancient spaces. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 23.07.2021 12:44:00 (updated on 23.07.2021) Reading time: 1 minute

The coronation hall of the castle in Kroměříž, the churches of St. Mořice in Olomouc, St. Nicholas in Prague or a grotto in Gorzanów, Poland, these are just some of the monuments that have been explored by unmanned helicopters with onboard intelligence, robotic drones, over the past four years. 

A group of students in Multirobotic Systems from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering ČTU in Prague, led by Dr. Martin Saska has made significant progress in the development of such drones during this time: the current drones can move autonomously throughout the interiors of buildings along a predetermined safe route while responding to unexpected obstacles. 

Called "Dronument," the project, which allows technology to record rare historical treasures and aid conservationists in their restoration efforts, is unique in the world.

Pictured here: The Baroque pilgrimage temple in Stará Voda at Libavá. Photos via ČVUT.

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