Factsheet 3: European initiatives to foster the development of unmanned cargo aircraft

Benefits and challenges of operating unmanned cargo aircraft
The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for European aeronautics and air transport as published by the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovation in Europe (ACARE) that is jointly chaired by the European Commission and the aviation community, assumes that cargo aircraft will be the first application of unmanned aerial transport systems in the civil domain. Already small unmanned systems exist that are used for remote sensing tasks. It is envisaged that these and bigger unmanned systems will be used as cargo aircraft in the future.

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