EmbraerX and Elroy Air Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Unmanned Air Cargo

EmbraerX, Embraer’s disruptive business subsidiary, announces its expansion into the commercial air cargo market, via a collaboration agreement with Elroy Air, at CES 2020. This collaboration will allow the companies to accelerate the unmanned air cargo market worldwide, leveraging Embraer’s 50 years of industry experience with Elroy Air’s bold new developments in autonomous aircraft systems.

“In order to stay the course of creating solutions that benefit humanity at large, we believe the cargo market is prime for an autonomous aircraft,” said Antonio Campello, President & CEO, EmbraerX. “Booming eCommerce is forcing the cargo market to grow and seek new solutions, creating a distinct need for more flexibility. Our holistic approach to accelerating this market will include working with Elroy Air and its Chaparral system, capable of delivering cargo (250-500 lbs) over distances up to 300 miles, as well as our work in associated services and air traffic management solutions.”

“Elroy Air aims to open a new chapter for the logistics market with point-to-point autonomous aerial cargo systems” said Dave Merrill, CEO of Elroy Air. “Elroy Air’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) cargo delivery aircraft, the Chaparral, will operate without airports or charging stations, and is optimized for freight with automated cargo loading and unloading. Our collaboration with EmbraerX will accelerate our path to deployment in commercial freight markets.”

This collaboration is part of EmbraerX’s multi-project approach to further develop the air mobility ecosystem and create the conditions for people and goods to move from A to B in a seamless and affordable way. Beyond cargo, EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of an Urban Air Mobility focused eVTOL, a tailored Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) system and a fleet-agnostic business platform, designated Beacon, to streamline services.

About EmbraerX
EmbraerX is a market accelerator committed to developing solutions that transform life’s experiences. This Embraer S.A. disruptive innovation subsidiary is based on Florida’s Space Coast in Melbourne, with outposts established in Silicon Valley and Boston. It’s integrated with the Company’s engineering team in Brazil and dedicated to collaborating with global innovation communities. With an inherent startup mentality, EmbraerX is part of the Uber Elevate Network, which is co-creating the future of on-demand urban air transportation. The EmbraerX team of innovators, creators, thought-leaders, and designers combines human-centered design thinking with business-building and engineering expertise to tackle some of the biggest mobility problems facing humanity today.

EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept, a tailored Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) system and a fleet-agnostic business platform, designated Beacon, designed to connect and synchronize industry resources, the aftermarket supply chain, and aviation services professionals. For more information, visit EmbraerX.com

About Embraer
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services. Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

About Elroy Air
Elroy Air is an autonomy and logistics platform company developing industry-advancing autonomous aircraft systems and software to deliver cargo rapidly and flexibly by air. Building on the powertrain and perception technology enabling the hybrid-electric/autonomous vehicle revolution, its vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aerial logistics systems can operate outside of airport infrastructure and carry 250-500 lbs of cargo over 300 miles. Commercial cargo by air to expand delivery options, immediate aid and relief in disaster and firefighting situations, and rapid autonomous resupply for troops in the field.

Elroy Air was founded in 2016 by UAS, product development and software leaders. The company has secured funding from some of the top venture firms in the Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, and attracted a diverse and talented team with industry experience from Uber, Northrop Grumman, Scaled Composites, Skyryse, and Airbus as well as academic backgrounds that include Embry-Riddle, MIT, Georgia Tech and Stanford.

Emerging technologies with great potential – opinions of speakers at UCA Conference

What emerging technologies do you see as having potential in the short and long run? We asked, speakers at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference answered. Below you can see a selection of answers.

Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft: The emergence of detect and avoid technologies, and the willingness of regulatory agencies to work cooperatively with manufacturers to make heavy-lift VTOL cargo carriers a reality. Read more

Basil Yap, North Carolina Department of Transportation – Division of Aviation: Our greatest need in the short term is a fully functional detect and avoid solution on unmanned aircraft to help address “see and avoid” which is a requirement to operation beyond visual line of sight in the United States. This has been a real struggle for the Federal Aviation Administration to understand how they will certify or vet this technology. “Remote ID” will be one step closer to building a robust Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM). In addition, we have often overlooked weather and the the impact it has on smaller UAS operations. The ability to model micro climates and incorporate the data into UTM systems will give pilots better decision making tools and ultimately enable more routine operations. Read more

Peter le Hew, Modern Technology Solutions, Inc: Autonomy through not just UAS is allowing for new approaches to how we use the air domain. Read more

Jeremy Tucker, AirBox Technology: Robotics, UAV’s and AI are on the cutting edge and will become ubiquitous. We are on the cusp of a cataclysmic change in the way we interface with the world around us in a physical sense. Read more

Aliaksei Stratsilatau, UAVOS: Investments in the development of a UAS for military purposes will grow. For example, counter-drone systems for remote identification and destruction of UAV, means of fighting UAV, loitering munition. The market needs unmanned platforms for autonomous delivery of goods of different weights, High Altitude Pseudo Satellite to relay data. Read more

Mahesh Nandyala, S3M Solutions LLC: UAS integrates with Deep learning and AI. Read more

Patrick Watson, Animal Dynamics: Technologies that ultimately de-centralise services and products such as: micro-grids, aerial transportation networks, e-payments, etc. Read more

David Merrill, Elroy Air: Short run: electric and hybrid-electric powertrain, perception tech getting better rapidly
Long run: Harmonized airspace integration for UAS of all sizes. Read more

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference takes place on September 10-11, 2019, at Greenville Convention Center, Greenville, North Carolina, USA. For more information about the complete program, speaker profiles and registration, visit: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/program/

UPS Flight Forward will operate unmanned drone delivery services across the USA

UPS has applied to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Part 135 certification to operate commercial drone flights in the UPS® network under a subsidiary business called UPS Flight Forward, Inc.

The new subsidiary is a recently incorporated business that could receive Part 135 certification as early as this year, putting UPS on track to have one of the first fully-certified, revenue-generating drone operations in the United States. When approved, this certification lays the foundation for drone flights beyond an operator’s visual line of sight, and for flights occurring day or night. Such flights are highly restricted in the United States and approved only by exception.

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What unmanned/autonomous cargo aircraft/drone mean for the economy (VIDEO)

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Today, container ships transport over 90% of all goods in the world and more than $4 trillion worth annually, according to the World Shipping Council. But, it can take over a month for those goods to sail from Beijing to New York. By land, trucks move nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Association. Problem is, there’s a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. So, how do you speed up shipments while keeping personnel low?

What will this bring to our economy?

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Successful pilot demonstrates potential new option for delivering medicines and vaccines in hard-to-reach locations and during emergencies.

A consortium led by humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief today announced the successful completion of a program testing the potential to deliver temperature-controlled medicines and vaccines by using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones). It is the fourth in a series of proof-of-concept missions the group as undertaken to demonstrate the potential of using UAVs to safely deliver temperature-dependent medicines and vaccines to hard-to-reach locations. Direct Relief, Merck (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada), Softbox, AT&T and Volans-i are working together on the project.

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Collaboration between Rhenus Air & Ocean and Wings for Aid

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Over the next two years, Rhenus Air & Ocean and Wings for Aid will work together to explore the feasibility of a strategic alliance for the ‘last mile’ delivery of relief goods in disaster areas. Both parties signed an agreement this month.

Bridging the so-called ‘last mile’ in disaster areas that are difficult to reach is a major logistical problem. It is estimated that 100 million people in disaster areas are in need of emergency aid every year, 20 percent of whom are poorly served. Wings for Aid responds to this with an innovative delivery system consisting of unmanned small airplanes and smart technology that allows self-landing boxes of emergency aid to land with great precision in otherwise inaccessible places. Rhenus Air & Ocean looks after the logistics needed to get the delivery system to its destination quickly and efficiently, anywhere in the world.

The system can be used for disaster relief, but also for the planned supply of medicines in remote areas. In 2018, the system was tested in the Dominican Republic, delivering 20 kilograms of emergency aid per flight. Based on the positive results, work is now underway on the next generation of unmanned aircraft capable of carrying 120 kilograms per flight, over a distance of 250 kilometres, and then returning for the next flight. Further tests will be carried out in the summer of 2019.

“The goal of our partnership is to combine our growth ambition, by offering innovative logistics solutions, with the drive to also have a positive social impact,” says Frank Roderkerk, Regional Manager Air & Ocean Benelux of the Rhenus Group.

“Our goal is to provide emergency aid where no one else can,” says Barry Koperberg, Director of Wings for Aid, “and to be there within 48 hours, anywhere in the world. The Barry strength and network of Rhenus Air & Ocean will help us achieve that ambition.”

Barry Koperberg will be speaking at the upcoming conference in the USA.

UPS and Matternet partner for FAA-sanctioned deliveries of medical samples in North Carolina

A small, white drone last month began delivering samples, including blood, between Raleigh’s WakeMed Hospital surgical center and the primary testing lab at its main campus. In the following weeks, the supplies made daily flights that professionals hope will eventually transport life-saving products like blood to more rural locations.

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Apply now for the European Startup Prize for mobility

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Created to support startup companies who are developing sustainable mobility innovations, the European Startup Prize For Mobility is a leading public-private initiative first launched by Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee, and co-founded by Boston Consulting Group and Via ID.

Supported by both the European Parliament and the European Commission, as well as influential partners such as ADP, GRDF, Europcar Mobility Group and RATP, the competition invites mobility startups from around Europe to participate. These partners all bring together their networks, financial knowledge and key areas of influence as they work to recognize future mobility champions over the course of the competition.

The top 10 selected entries (both the Silver and Gold Award recipients) win an all-expenses paid tour of five European tech capitals to meet potential customers, investors, business accelerators and local partners throughout 2019.

In addition to this tour, four Gold Award winners will also be selected to receive specific entrepreneurial, business and legal mentoring from Boston Consulting Group and other legal and corporate partners to help grow their operations in Europe and beyond.

Five hundred startups participated in last year’s edition of the European Startup Prize For Mobility. Selected winners included Klaxit, Cocolis, Cargonexx and Whim by Maas Global.

Key Links

Website : https://startupprize.eu/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/EuStartupPrize/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/eustartupprize
Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/company/eustartupprize/
Startups Applications : https://www.f6s.com/eustartups/apply

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference welcomes Unmanned Systems Technology (UST) as Media Partner

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Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference welcomes Unmanned Systems Technology (UST) as Media Partner

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Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference welcomes Geoconnexion as Media Partner

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Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference welcomes Geoconnexion as Media Partner.

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