Hydra: A Modular, Universal Multi-Sensor Data Collection System

The Hydra consists of a modular rigid mounting platform for sensors, processors, power supply, and conditioning that utilizes the Picatinny rail as a rigid mounting system, a software platform utilizing the Robot Operating System (ROS) for data collection, and design packages (schematics, CAD drawings, etc.).  Currently, the Hydra supports the following sensors:

  1. FLIR Tau 640, 9 mm 9 Hz thermal imaging camera (model number 41640009H-SPNLX)
  2. Pointgrey Bumblebee2 stereoscopic camera (model BB2-08SC2)

See Figure 1 for the pictures of the CAD drawings of the sensor mounting kits.

View the Hydra GitHub repository here.