Creotech Instruments inches closer to finalizing first-of-kind SAMPLE project

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Creotech Instruments, a Warsaw Stock Exchange-listed company from the deep-tech segment, leads a consortium working on the SAMPLE system designed for automatic aviation obstacle monitoring. The company is fresh off finalizing a key milestone involving the development of a methodology for determining the height of obstacles encountered during flight. The project is dedicated to the broad aviation industry and can be used for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights or helicopter operations in the Republic of Poland. Worth PLN 17.5m, SAMPLE is being developed in partnership with the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and AP-Tech Sp. z o.o.

“For almost two years, our experts have been hard at work on our innovative SAMPLE project seeking to deliver a Polish automatic aviation obstacle monitoring system. The system will comprehensively track aviation obstacles, including during landing approaches, and deviations from the approved approach path. Works are right on schedule, and we have recently completed a key milestone involving developing a methodology for determining the height of potential aviation obstacles. The system’s prototype is now fully functional, meaning we can progress to planning validation testing by other consortium members: AP-Tech and PANSA. We also finished the production of the first prototypes of ADS-B receivers equipped with three different pressure sensors. Moreover, we tested the functioning of the system’s electronic and data transfer components in laboratory conditions. The combination of ADS-B capabilities with those offered by the automatic obstacle monitoring system will facilitate creating a coherent environment that analyzes and ensure the safety of flight operations,” says Piotr Mazur, Project Manager at Creotech Instruments S.A.

SAMPLE’s prototype can determine the objects and obstacles encountered during flight based on a fusion of input data, i.e. satellite imagery, point clouds – laser scanning, photogrammetric products for UAV flights, or supplementary data. The system will also offer risk analysis visualization, reporting and automatic notification capabilities in its final form.

The project is being developed as part of a program of the National Center for Research and Development and is financed under the Intelligent Development Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund. SAMPLE has a budget of over PLN 17.5m, with the subsidy exceeding PLN 12.7m.

“Creotech Instruments’ has a diversified business foundation, which offers tangible advantages. In addition to the space sector and the development of advanced quantum computer control electronics, we have also been active in the fast-growing Earth Observation sector for many years. This involves the provision of advanced software for monitoring broadly understood air traffic. Due to its extensive potential and wide application, we consider SAMPLE a vital project. Once implemented, it will offer support for UAV flights or helicopter operations in Poland,” adds Grzegorz Brona, President of the Management Board of Creotech Instruments S.A.

The company’s portfolio also includes GRAY, a system developed in collaboration with other partners. Its primary objective is to provide drone operators with the necessary risk analyses with topographic visualization for their planned flights. Launched in February 2022, the service was developed in partnership with Droneradar and the Wrocław Institute for Applications of Spatial Information and Artificial Intelligence.


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