EmbraerX and Elroy Air Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Unmanned Air Cargo

EmbraerX, Embraer’s disruptive business subsidiary, announces its expansion into the commercial air cargo market, via a collaboration agreement with Elroy Air, at CES 2020. This collaboration will allow the companies to accelerate the unmanned air cargo market worldwide, leveraging Embraer’s 50 years of industry experience with Elroy Air’s bold new developments in autonomous aircraft systems.

“In order to stay the course of creating solutions that benefit humanity at large, we believe the cargo market is prime for an autonomous aircraft,” said Antonio Campello, President & CEO, EmbraerX. “Booming eCommerce is forcing the cargo market to grow and seek new solutions, creating a distinct need for more flexibility. Our holistic approach to accelerating this market will include working with Elroy Air and its Chaparral system, capable of delivering cargo (250-500 lbs) over distances up to 300 miles, as well as our work in associated services and air traffic management solutions.”

“Elroy Air aims to open a new chapter for the logistics market with point-to-point autonomous aerial cargo systems” said Dave Merrill, CEO of Elroy Air. “Elroy Air’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) cargo delivery aircraft, the Chaparral, will operate without airports or charging stations, and is optimized for freight with automated cargo loading and unloading. Our collaboration with EmbraerX will accelerate our path to deployment in commercial freight markets.”

This collaboration is part of EmbraerX’s multi-project approach to further develop the air mobility ecosystem and create the conditions for people and goods to move from A to B in a seamless and affordable way. Beyond cargo, EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of an Urban Air Mobility focused eVTOL, a tailored Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) system and a fleet-agnostic business platform, designated Beacon, to streamline services.

About EmbraerX
EmbraerX is a market accelerator committed to developing solutions that transform life’s experiences. This Embraer S.A. disruptive innovation subsidiary is based on Florida’s Space Coast in Melbourne, with outposts established in Silicon Valley and Boston. It’s integrated with the Company’s engineering team in Brazil and dedicated to collaborating with global innovation communities. With an inherent startup mentality, EmbraerX is part of the Uber Elevate Network, which is co-creating the future of on-demand urban air transportation. The EmbraerX team of innovators, creators, thought-leaders, and designers combines human-centered design thinking with business-building and engineering expertise to tackle some of the biggest mobility problems facing humanity today.

EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept, a tailored Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) system and a fleet-agnostic business platform, designated Beacon, designed to connect and synchronize industry resources, the aftermarket supply chain, and aviation services professionals. For more information, visit EmbraerX.com

About Embraer
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services. Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

About Elroy Air
Elroy Air is an autonomy and logistics platform company developing industry-advancing 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, its vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aerial logistics systems can operate outside of airport infrastructure and carry 250-500 lbs of cargo 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 was founded in 2016 by UAS, product development and software leaders. The company has secured funding from some of the top venture firms in the Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, and attracted a diverse and talented team with industry experience from Uber, Northrop Grumman, Scaled Composites, Skyryse, and Airbus as well as academic backgrounds that include Embry-Riddle, MIT, Georgia Tech and Stanford.

John Ashford, CEO of The Hawthorn Group, will speak at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

John Ashford

John Ashford, CEO and Chairman of The Hawthorn Group, will talk about Safety and privacy in connection with the use of Drones at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

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

Once a country and western disc jockey, John Ashford is now Chairman and CEO of The Hawthorn Group, L.C., the international public affairs and public relations firm he co- founded in 1992. Drawing on communications and public affairs experience gained in hundreds of successful political and corporate campaigns, Ashford now provides senior counsel to Hawthorn clients across the country and around the world.

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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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Digital Tower – The future is already here

Per Ahl

by Per Ahl, CEO, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, SDATS

One of the last industries to be “digitalized” is Air Traffic Control, ATC, and Airport Tower operation. What will be the impact of introducing a new disruptive technology in a very conservative branch? Will there be any more brick and concrete towers constructed in the world? What have been the biggest hurdles to first in the world to introduce this type of solution? How will the integration of drone operation look like?

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Scaling Drone Delivery In Southeast Asia

Michael Currie

by Michael Currie, Fling

Drone delivery is scaling rapidly in the large cities of Southeast Asia. In this presentation Michael Currie discusses Fling’s cargo delivery missions for medical and e-commerce within Thailand, as well as the platform for tracking and placing orders that Fling has specifically developed for aerial deliveries, that is available for use by other drone delivery service providers. For drone delivery providers just starting out, Fling’s built-out drone infrastructure makes it fast for a startup to go from buying a delivery drone to flying real missions with real, paying, customers.

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

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Automated Low-Altitude Air Delivery – Heading Towards Autonomous Cargo Transportation with Drones

by Johann Dauer, Project leader, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

DLR, the German Aerospace Center, has conducted a research project between 2016 and 2019 on cargo drones with one metric ton payload capacity. This project took advantage of a newly established operational risk approach, introducing a new perspective on regulating the safety of unmanned aviation.

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