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.


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Svilen Rangelov

by Svilen Rangelov, Dronamics

The latest developments on the DRONAMICS Black Swan


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.


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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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Successful pilot demonstrates potential new option for delivering medicines and vaccines in hard-to-reach locations and during emergencies.

A consortium led by humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief today announced the successful completion of a program testing the potential to deliver temperature-controlled medicines and vaccines by using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones). It is the fourth in a series of proof-of-concept missions the group as undertaken to demonstrate the potential of using UAVs to safely deliver temperature-dependent medicines and vaccines to hard-to-reach locations. Direct Relief, Merck (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada), Softbox, AT&T and Volans-i are working together on the project.

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Collaboration between Rhenus Air & Ocean and Wings for Aid


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.

Drone Delivery Operations: Medical and Food Delivery in North Carolina

Basil Yap

by Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Transportation – Division of Aviation

On a warm summer day in August 2018, public and private officials gathered on the campus of WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C., to watch history in the making – the first medical package delivery over people using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the United States.

A month later, dramatic imagery captured by drones during the state’s first coordinated drone disaster response showed the public and the world the devastation occurring in eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Florence and helped guide response and recovery efforts.

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Last Mile Delivery: Securing the Endpoint

Jeremy Tucker

by Jeremy Tucker, Co-Founder, AirBox Technology

Drone Delivery Systems has invented the world’s first smart, IOT connected, solar powered mailbox ready for drone delivery. See how the AirBox Home can secure the parcel from theft and weather and log the receipt thus eliminating the need for delivery re-attempts.

I will demonstrate how AirBox Home can accept both ground based deliveries as well as drone delivered packages.


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Conceptual Study on Docking-Undocking Unmanned Ground-Air Delivery System

Inseong Hwang

by Dr. Inseong Hwang, Senior Research Engineer, Korea Aerospace Research Institute

This presentation describes the concept of unmanned delivery system; short-range autonomous unmanned ground vehicle (droid) which is responsible for the final delivery to the destination, long-range unmanned air vehicle (UAV) which is equipped with the mission delivery module, and docking-undocking technology between the ground and air unmanned vehicles.

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