Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA, will speak at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference USA

Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA, will speak at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference USA, which takes place on March 20, 2018, North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) are a relatively new phenomenon; the first operational regular UCA service is to be inaugurated this year in Kenya. Organizations like SESAR see great potential in UCA and the basic technologies are there. Why, then, is the introduction of UCA progressing so slowly? In this presentation an overview is given of the ‘state of the art’ in UCA: development programs, business opportunities, challenges and prospects. Some subjects will be: various configurations of UCA, operational concepts and the position of small companies versus established manufacturers.

About Hans Heerkens
Hans Heerkens (MSc in Public Administration), obtained his Ph.D. in decision theory; the way in which actors involved in decision process assess the importance of the various aspects of the decision. His research is on decision processes in the aerospace industry. Hans is a member of the Scientific Council of research organization Airneth and does consultancy work for organizations like the Ministry of Economic Affairs and TNO

Hans Heerkens

About Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft
The Platform Unmanned Cargo Air5craft was founded by the University of Twente (Netherlands) in 2011.

The aim of PUCA is to stimulate development of unmanned cargo aircraft.

Members are manufacturers, academic institutions and entrepreneurs in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Kenya, USA and other countries.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft ConferenceAbout Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference
This 6th edition of the conference organized by Jakajima will be hosted by US Cargo and North Carolina Global Transpark and is supported by Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft.

Scope: The Conference aims to bring together manufacturers, operators, knowledge institutes, consultants and government organizations active in the upcoming field of unmanned cargo aircraft.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) are a relatively new phenomenon; the first UCA service is to be started in Kenya this year. UCA offer the potential to transport loads of 1 to 10 tons or more over both short and long distances, on routes that are unfeasible or uneconomical for other modes of transport.

During the conference, internationally renowned speakers will introduce UCA development projects and potential applications.

Topics to be covered are:

  • UCA business models: how to earn money with UCA?
  • UCA configurations: what could – and should – UCA look like?
  • Regulation: where are UCA allowed to fly, and under which conditions?
  • Societal benefits: what can UCA contribute to economic and social development?
  • Industrial participation: how can UCA contribute to innovation and what opportunities do they generate for new enterprises?
  • Market analysis

Target group: Shippers | Carriers | Harbour authorities | Research institutions | Military | Ship manufacturers | System Integrators | ICT suppliers | Logistic service suppliers | Entrepreneurs | Investors | Airports | Governmental Institutions | Cargo Companies | Fulfilment companies | Retailers | E-tailers | Consultants

It is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and network with this pioneering community of unmanned cargo researchers, engineers, business developers and end-users.


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