Christmas Gifts for Ukrainian Deminers
Thanks to our incredible supporters, we brought Christmas to our friends from the State Emergency Office!
Together, we’ve not only met but surpassed our $10,000 goal with half the needed amount donated by our amazing community, the remaining funds were championed by our friend TB in his Ice Lake campaign.
Together, we’ve fulfilled our friend Vlad’s wishlist, including:
- the Mavic 3 Multispectral drone
- the Mavic 3 Enterprise drone
- spare battery kits for each
- 8 blasting machines— portable devices for triggering explosive charges reliably.
Mavic 3 Enterprise
The drone is essential for high-quality rapid mapping, especially on difficult terrain.
Mine mapping is extremely important as it allows pinpointing all the potentially dangerous objects during favorable times of the year (like late winter and spring when there is minimum vegetation on the ground) and keeping such maps for future use for years ahead.
Early experiments with green plastic items hiding in green grass in a false color video of near-infrared channels.
Mavic 3 Multispectral
The drone is essential to improve visual detection by the neural system. The improvement can allow the differentiation of mines and unexploded ordinances from all other objects with a contrasting color while making everything else white for a better view.
Also, it will be used for a multispectral mapping of the most difficult areas, which will greatly contribute to the safety and efficiency of the deminers.
Shown below are images of a test scene to illustrate how plastic items that appear to be similar in color to the naked eye can look very different when adding information from near-infrared bands.
True color image of green plastic items and a 3D printed PFM-1 replica. When placed in grass, they are hard to identify. Various fabrics in the background illustrate the same challenge: everything appears more or less as the same color. The same is true for mines colored to blend with the terrain. (own research)
Multispectral composite image of the test scene combines visible and near-infrared bands to extract more information. Dyed plastics and even the background now appear to have different colors. With more spectral information, important distinctions can be made between ground, vegetation and foreign objects, mines or otherwise. (own research)
Dzyga's Paw for SESU
We are honored to be a part of a few fantastic high-tech projects being developed by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU). This fundraiser will be the first in-line project that should serve as a stepping stone for our long-lasting and fruitful cooperation with the Ukrainian Emergency Services.
This fundraiser is also a reminder of the incredible strength of kindness that shines brightly during the holiday season across the globe.