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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Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference welcomes North Carolina’s South East as Exhibitor

North Carolina's South East

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference welcomes North Carolina’s South East as Exhibitor. The event takes place on September 10-11 at Greenville Convention Center, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

About North Carolina’s Southeast

North Carolina’s Southeast is a regional economic development partnership representing 18 counties that generates new economic growth in the region. Located midway on the U.S. east coast, North Carolina’s Southeast region is home to an international port, six universities, and more than 75 international firms across diverse business sectors.

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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/

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference welcomes Lenoir Community College as Exhibitor

Lenoir Community College

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference welcomes Lenoir Community College as Exhibitor. The event takes place on September 10-11 at Greenville Convention Center, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

About Lenoir Community College
Lenoir Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a comprehensive two-year public institution. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, or certificates through educational programs in college transfer, business, industry, public services, health services, and continuing education for the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural development of students and the community. Programs and support services are accessible through traditional and distance learning options. Continue reading “Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference welcomes Lenoir Community College as Exhibitor”

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.

program: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/program/

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DRONAMICS Black Swan

Svilen Rangelov

by Svilen Rangelov, Dronamics

The latest developments on the DRONAMICS Black Swan

program: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/program/

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.

program: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/program/

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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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