ROG-X is a multi-functional experimental platform which can be used to carry out research on autonomous flight on different layers.

ROG-X can be employed for research activity on autonomous guidance and navigation based on computer vision in an indoor laboratory environment.


Indoor navigation in GNSS-denied environments

Autonomous flight

Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM)

Obstacle detection and avoidance

Path planning

Technical specifications

Onboard hardware

Flight Control Unit

Autopilot compliant to the Pixhawk open hardware standard, running the PX4 flight stack

Flight Computer Companion

A computer based on the nVidia Jetson Xavier NX providing computational power to process onboard the data coming from sensors and run autonomous flight algorithms

Range sensor

Laser sensor to measure distance from ground

Optical flow

Optical flow sensor to improve perception of relative motion with respect to the ground


A Zed 2i stereocamera to provide 3D perception of the environment and enable navigation based on computer vision

Monocular camera

An OpenMV Cam H7 Plus monocular camera, to capture images of the environment and provide additional computer vision capabilities


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The drone sector is becoming a reality worldwide. The co-evolution of technology and regulations all over the world has now reached a significant level of maturity. The commercial and professional operation of drones can add value to a wide range of industry sectors thanks to the improving level of automation and, in perspective, of autonomy, in their operation. Because of this, research and education in the fields of drone perception, guidance, navigation and control have never been as important and timely as they are today. ANT-X, through its turnkey laboratory solution based on state-of-the-art technology components, bridges the gap between the needs of the nascent drone industry and higher education institutions all over the world.