Aspects of UTM systems & U-Space services to consider when rolling-out Cargo Drone operations

Tim McCarthy

by Dr. Tim McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Maynooth University

Unmanned Cargo flight operations present various challenges in terms of their design, construction and management – all of which will need to be investigated, developed and adapted for long-haul, short-haul, regional and urban operational environments.

Various topics need to be considered including; automation, aircraft platform performance, airspace structure, routing, de-confliction, optimisation, emergency event handling and ground infrastructure. These topics are underpinned by regulatory (legislation, protocols, certification), technology (aerospace, sensors, connectivity, computation) and operational (UTM/U-Space services, business models, Societal) aspects.

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Joe Melvin, North Carolina Aerospace Corridor speaks at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

Joe Melvin

Joe Melvin, CEcD North Carolina Aerospace Corridor, will speak at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

In his role as Director of Business Development for North Carolina’s Southeast, Joe Melvin utilizes his business and public administration experience to develop and oversee the NC Aerospace Corridor in conjunction with leaders from Craven, Lenoir and Wayne counties. (The North Carolina Aerospace Corridor is centrally located on the eastern seaboard of the United States and offers unparalleled access to domestic and global markets by way of highways, rail, air and multiple deep-water ports.)

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MTSI’S RAES system – providing cargo hoist like capability for fixed winged UAS

by Peter le Hew, MTSI

The Rapid Aerial Employment System (RAES) allows loitering fixed wing aircraft to emplace a “hovering” payload on or above the ground and retrieve it. This platform agnostic system leverages the speed and range of fixed winged aircraft but provides the remote emplacement and extraction typically associated only with helicopters.


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Svilen Rangelov

by Svilen Rangelov, Dronamics

The latest developments on the DRONAMICS Black Swan


About Svilen Rangelov

In 2014 Svilen co-founded DRONAMICS with his brother Konstantin, an aerospace engineer, with a mission to leverage advances in autonomy, aerodynamics and production, and create the world-leading cargo UAV “The Black Swan”, in order to democratize air freight and accelerate e-commerce in emerging markets. Svilen and Konstantin are leading a small but growing team of world-class aerospace engineers and logistics experts, and their pioneering work has won them numerous international awards. In 2018 DRONAMICS became IATA’s first strategic partner for drones worldwide.

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Elroy Air: Advanced Aerial Autonomy for Logistics

David Merrill

by David Merrill, Co-Founder and CEO, Elroy Air

Elroy Air is developing 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, the first version of their vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) cargo transport system can operate outside of airport infrastructure and carries 200+ lbs 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 began testing its full-scale prototype aircraft in mid-2019, and will present an overview and update including lessons learned, photos/videos, and next steps.


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Benefits Of Traditional Aircraft Converted Into UAV

Aliaksei Stratsilatau

by Aliaksei Stratsilatau, Chairman of the board and Lead developer, UAVOS

High exploitation costs are the main inhibitor for the use of UAV in commercial and industrial applications.

Why is the capability of converting manned aircraft into UAVs important to the unmanned systems industry?

First, it drastically reduces the cost of flying hours, thereby opening up a commercial market for heavy UAVs.

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Drone Delivery Operations: Medical and Food Delivery in North Carolina

Basil Yap

by Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Transportation – Division of Aviation

On a warm summer day in August 2018, public and private officials gathered on the campus of WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C., to watch history in the making – the first medical package delivery over people using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the United States.

A month later, dramatic imagery captured by drones during the state’s first coordinated drone disaster response showed the public and the world the devastation occurring in eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Florence and helped guide response and recovery efforts.

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Last Mile Delivery: Securing the Endpoint

Jeremy Tucker

by Jeremy Tucker, Co-Founder, AirBox Technology

Drone Delivery Systems has invented the world’s first smart, IOT connected, solar powered mailbox ready for drone delivery. See how the AirBox Home can secure the parcel from theft and weather and log the receipt thus eliminating the need for delivery re-attempts.

I will demonstrate how AirBox Home can accept both ground based deliveries as well as drone delivered packages.


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