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Shooting hard-to-reach areas of historic interiors – a task for members of our Multi-robot Systems Group. On February 26, scientists together with the staff of the National Heritage Institute in Olomouc, have successfully captured the interior of the Sternberg parish building, using unmanned helicopters.
Documenting those difficult-to-reach spots in the church will help historians and architects assess the urgency of any restoration work required to renew the parish. In addition to capturing high parts of the church dome, which are otherwise reachable only through costly scaffolding, field tests of unique technology were carried out. It is based on mutual stabilization of the formation of autonomous helicopters, where one of the helicopters carries a camera and other helicopters carry a light source illuminating the scene at a predetermined angle.
Currently, the team is negotiating the use of drones to capture also other monuments. The St. Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square in Prague could be among them.
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