Project VELA, Upgrades and Simulation Models of the UNIFI Autonomous Sail Drone

  • Enrico Boni
  • Marco Montagni
  • Luca PugiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 627)


Autonomous Sail Drone represent an interesting research topic but also a potential solution for different applications mainly related to the monitoring of large marine areas or freshwater basins. In this work authors from University of Florence presents the current evolution of UNIFI sail drone. Current vehicle development is focused on many activities. In this work authors have focused their attention on current development of the drone with a particular attention to design of energy management system which plays a key role in maintaining vehicle efficiency and reliability.



Authors wish to thank Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze that have granted the funding of VELA Project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DINFO—Department of Information EngineeringUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.DIEF—Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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