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)”

Large unmanned aircraft systems will begin populating the skies in not-too-distant future

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In the not-too-distant future, large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—those flying above 400 feet and weighing more than 55 pounds—will begin populating the skies: transporting cargo, fighting fires, delivering WiFi and even flying people around the world. Think Bigger: Large Unmanned Systems and the Next Major Shift in Aviation is the first look at the large UAS market in the United States, and highlights a potential $30 billion annual market and more than 60,000 jobs in support of the industry.

The impact of large UAS on Americans and our economy will impact us in many ways they see, and many other ways they don’t. Sooner than many people think, a significant portion of American commercial travel will be via autonomous aircraft. Long-haul cargo will drastically change, with new economic centers rising in places in our country where they don’t exist today. Airports and other intermodal transportation centers will need to be designed and redesigned to meet vastly different needs and experiences. Continue reading “Large unmanned aircraft systems will begin populating the skies in not-too-distant future”

“Long-Range Cargo Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Wide Range of Applications” – Presented by Anthony Pizarro & Bruno Doerwald, Romaeris Corporation

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“Long-Range Cargo Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Wide Range of Applications” – Presented by Anthony Pizarro & Bruno Doerwald, Romaeris Corporation, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, June 13, 2017, Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Romaeris Corp. is designing a cargo unmanned aircraft capable of carrying loads of 250 Kg for distances of up to 1,800 Km at low cost without relying on airport infrastructure. The aircraft requires a flight controller incorporating artificial intelligence and will be equipped with a telemetry system to allow aircraft health monitoring and compliance with government regulations for beyond visual line of sight missions. The aircraft development program has been supported to date by Canadian federal and provincial governments and two universities. Continue reading ““Long-Range Cargo Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Wide Range of Applications” – Presented by Anthony Pizarro & Bruno Doerwald, Romaeris Corporation”

Xerox Company Receives Funds to Develop Vanishing Autonomous Air Vehicles

PARC, a Xerox company, announced it has received funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under its ICARUS program.

The ICARUS program (for Inbound, Controlled, Air‐Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems) seeks to develop a prototype air vehicle capable of autonomously delivering small payloads to targeted locations, and then vanishing once it has completed its mission. PARC, in collaboration with AeroVironment Inc., aims to develop the specialized materials and autonomous air delivery system that can be made to vanish under a project within ICARUS known as ONLY-DUST (On-Target Delivery and Disintegration Upon Stress-release Trigger). Continue reading “Xerox Company Receives Funds to Develop Vanishing Autonomous Air Vehicles”

New Program Will Explore the Safe Use of Drones for Delivery

Amazon has today announced a partnership with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality, allowing Amazon to trial new methods of testing its delivery systems.

A cross-Government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has provided Amazon with permissions to explore three key innovations: beyond line of sight operations in rural and suburban areas, testing sensor performance to make sure the drones can identify and avoid obstacles, and flights where one person operates multiple highly-automated drones. Continue reading “New Program Will Explore the Safe Use of Drones for Delivery”

Drones to deliver data and more (Video)

Imagine you’re at a concert watching your favorite band, and out of the corner of your eye you notice a tethered drone hovering nearby.

But this drone isn’t taking photos or videos of the band.  It’s temporarily providing enhanced LTE wireless coverage at the packed venue so you, along with thousands of others in attendance, can simultaneously send photos and videos to share the moment. Continue reading “Drones to deliver data and more (Video)”

"Legal issues regarding cargo operations with unmanned aircrafts" – Presented by Loïc Poullain, Bird & Bird

UAS are increasingly used in a wide variety of applications. Transportation of goods is one, but this activity is subject to considerable regulatory constraints, which are proving a real obstacle to its development. Regulatory constraints vary depending on flight locations and operations are in particular limited due to restrictions affecting automatic flight BLOS. Several countries are planning to adapt their current regulation to this new activity. Beyond this, other legal consideration arise when looking at international cargo operations. This presentation attempts to provide a survey of the current challenges, as well as giving insight into future developments.

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