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/

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.

UCA around the corner? – Presented by Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA

Hans Heerkens

UCA around the corner? – Presented by Hans Heerkens, Assistant Professor, University of Twente / Chairman, Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft, at  Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which will take place on November 28, 2018, at RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

For years, UCA have been in silent development. Now, the first operational UCA services are about to start. But while small companies often initiate innovations, large organizations are needed to spread them. UCA infrastructure is a public good, and the recognition of this will help to determine the competitive power of operators and of countries and regions. Continue reading “UCA around the corner? – Presented by Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA”

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)”

UCA to alter longstanding cost metrics & business patterns in entire cargo industry – Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris

Anthony Pizarro

UCA to alter longstanding cost metrics & business patterns in entire cargo industry – Interview with Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris

Anthony Pizarro is President of Romaeris Corporation. He has played a role in the creation or development of four companies, is an expert reviewer of business plans for two funding agencies promoting technology companies, and has sat on the boards of a number of public and private companies and nonprofit organizations. On Mar 20, he will speak about The Economics of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

What drives you?

I am passionate about the potential of technology to create a world with new opportunities and wealth for everyone; at the same time I believe we must always be aware of potential unanticipated social problems when previous ways of life are disrupted. Continue reading “UCA to alter longstanding cost metrics & business patterns in entire cargo industry – Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris”

Transport Canada approves autonomous delivery test in Class E airspace by Drone Delivery Canada

Drone Delivery Canada

Transport Canada approves autonomous delivery test in Class E airspace by Drone Delivery Canada

Drone Delivery Canada tested its service with Transport Canada approval in airspace that hosts “hundreds of daily helicopter and aircraft flights,” the company said. Autonomous delivery was tested in the Moose Factory and Moosonee communities in Ontario. Continue reading “Transport Canada approves autonomous delivery test in Class E airspace by Drone Delivery Canada”

Automatic drone test flight conducted in mountainous area in central Japan

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Automatic drone test flight conducted in mountainous area in central Japan

A team of researchers and companies has conducted a trial automatic flight of a drone in a mountainous area in central Japan, aiming to realize parcel delivery services for remote locations, including islands, using such unmanned aircraft.

The test, conducted in the city of Ina, Nagano Prefecture, on Nov. 11, was designed to have the drone carry a parcel box and make a round trip between a post office and a michi no eki roadside rest area. Continue reading “Automatic drone test flight conducted in mountainous area in central Japan”

Riccardo Procacci, CEO, Avio Aero will speak at the official opening of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

Riccardo Procacci

Riccardo Procacci, CEO, Avio Aero will speak at the official opening of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on November 23, 2017, at Rivalta di Torino, Italy.

About Riccardo Procacci
On August 1st 2013, following the formal completion of the acquisition process, Riccardo has been named CEO of Avio Aero and since December 2014 also President of The Board after having successfully led the integration process during 2013. Continue reading “Riccardo Procacci, CEO, Avio Aero will speak at the official opening of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference”

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

Romaeris Corporation

“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”