Design files and LabVIEW VIs for the IceDrone

Published: 20-09-2019| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/jx7b5t4f6j.1
Daniel Carlson,
Jonathan Pasma,
Mathias Edslev Jacobsen,
Mads Holm Hansen,
Steffen Thomsen,
Jeppe Pinholt Lillethorup,
Frederik Sebastian Tirsgaard,
Adam Flytkjær,
Claus Melvad


These design files and LabVIEW VIs contained in this dataset allow sea ice and iceberg researchers to replicate the IceDrone. The IceDrone is a student-built, unmanned ice sampling system that was designed to acquire ice samples from high-risk environments, like icebergs and thin sea ice. IceDrone is relatively small and portable and can be operated with little support infrastructure, which frees up research equipment on icebreakers, like baskets and helicopters, for other research activities. IceDrone is built around the commercially available DJI Matrice 600 Pro (M600) hexcopter. The M600 is modified to carry a custom ice coring system and landing gear. The files presented here are separated into versions. Versions 1 and 2 include the initial design, and upgrades that were made after a field test, respectively. Version 1 includes the basic design files and describes the overall construction of IceDrone. Version 2 includes upgrades to the ice core drill design, laser range finders to regulate descent speed, automated drill motor control, vibration dampening for the camera/gimbal system, and a 3D printed enclosure for the electronics.