Largest drone ever flown in Ireland carries first European test flight in Co Clare (video)

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The company that designed the CGT45 SLT unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) wants to establish Clare as a European test centre for its drones.

A-techSYN, which designs and builds unmanned aerial systems (UAS), launched its UAV business in the Shannon Free Zone near Shannon Airport in 2017. The company forms part of the Shannon Avionics Cluster.

Yesterdays demonstration was held at Spanish Point airfield in front of Clare Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Mr Pat Breen; representatives from the Turkish Embassy in Dublin; Shannon Group as well as members of the Irish Coast Guard, Civil Defence and other interested groups.

A-techSYN’s CGT45 SLT is one of the first UAV’s to use electric engines for take-off and landing and a combustion engine during fixed wing flight. The event was the first demonstration flight in Europe for the CGT45-SLT. Continue reading “Largest drone ever flown in Ireland carries first European test flight in Co Clare (video)”

Boeing unveils new cargo air vehicle prototype (Video)

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A working prototype cargo drone unveiled today by Boeing marks the entry of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer into the unmanned electric air cargo air vehicle space. While analysts have predicted for some time now that drones are on course to transform the logistics sector, Boeing’s additional aerospace muscle represents a seismic shakeup of the industry, with the Chicago-based company now plowing its extensive technology and resources into developing this still incipient technology.

The drone is powered by an electric propulsion system and outfitted with eight counter-rotating propellers, allowing for vertical and horizontal flight. It measures 4.6 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 1.2 meters tall, and weighs 339 kilograms. Continue reading “Boeing unveils new cargo air vehicle prototype (Video)”

Boeing to acquire company specialised in autonomous systems technologies

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Boeing to acquire company specialised in autonomous systems technologies

Manassas, VA, October 5, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] plans to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation,
a world-class innovator, developer and manufacturer of advanced aerospace platforms under an
agreement signed by the companies. Aurora specializes in autonomous systems technologies to enable
advanced robotic aircraft for future aerospace applications and vehicles.
“The combined strength and innovation of our teams will advance the development of autonomy
for our commercial and military systems,” said Greg Hyslop, chief technology officer and senior vice
president of Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology. “Together, these talented teams will open new
markets with transformational technologies.” Continue reading “Boeing to acquire company specialised in autonomous systems technologies”

UN aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry

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UN aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry

MONTREAL (Reuters) – The United Nations’ aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry, as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft.

While the International Civil Aviation Organization cannot impose regulations on countries, ICAO has proposed formation of the registry during a Montreal symposium this month to make data accessible in real time, said Stephen Creamer, director of ICAO’s air navigation bureau.

The single registry would eschew multiple databases in favor of a one-stop-shop that would allow law enforcement to remotely identify and track unmanned aircraft, along with their operator and owner. Continue reading “UN aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry”

Intra-EU air transport accounts for 0.1 % of total goods transport in EU

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Intra-EU air transport accounts for 0.1 % of total goods transport in EU. The Gross Value Added (GVA) in the EU-28 at current prices is around € 633 billion.  According to the “Statistical Pocketbook 2016 EU Transport in Figures” the transport and storage services sector (including postal and courier activities) accounted for about 5.1 % of total GVA (Gross Value Added) in the EU-28 in 2014. Continue reading “Intra-EU air transport accounts for 0.1 % of total goods transport in EU”

"The Propulsion System powering the future Unmanned Cargo Aircraft: conventional vs. breakthrough" – Presented by Paolo Salvetti, Avio Aero

Today, the propulsion system represents a small percent of the value of a UAS; for a MALE it varies from 1-3%. Regardless, propulsion systems are key to ensure safety of flight and drive costs of operations, and this will be even more important on future Unmanned Cargo Aircrafts, where the engine will likely become the most important on-board system driving productivity. This presentation is intended to give an overview of the propulsion system for the future UCA, its relevance and the key productivity drivers; it will also benchmarking between traditional and breakthrough propulsion systems (eg. hybrid)

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"Voliris Flying Container Project: a new kind of infrastructure using a hybrid airship" – Presented by Jacques Bernard, LOR’AERO Consulting

Voliris has developed a new concept for the transportation of standard containers to remote areas, from harbors or train terminals. The system is based on a hybrid airship, filled with helium (or hydrogen) giving an aerostatic lift, combined with an aerodynamic lift obtained thanks to the shape of the airship envelope. The airship can take-off and land on relatively small, basically prepared runways. It is unmanned, totally automated (no remote piloting). The vehicle is assembled on-site, and delivered to the operator after flight testing, route proving and parametrization of the Flight Mission System.

The general design of the vehicle is presented, as well as the expected benefit in terms of effectiveness, performance and competitiveness.

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