Innovative Concept of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft – Presented by Raffaello Cesoni and Cristina Ballesio, Nimbus, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on November 23, 2017, at Rivalta di Torino, Italy.
The Metaplano represents a new air transport solutions that exceed the limits of traditional cargo and people transportation. The project came from the desire to join the airship and traditional aircraft advantages. In one hand the Metaplano provides high flight maneuverability and does not have the problem of the mooring systems compared to the airship. In the other hand it is able to take-off and land in short and unprepared runways compared to the traditional aircraft. The Metaplano fills the market requests such as the low environment impact, the low life cycle costs and the capability to connect hard-to-reach areas with no or limited infrastructures.
About Raffaello Cesoni
I am an aerospace engineering graduated at the Polytechnic University of Turin with a specialization in Aeromechanics and Systems. During my studies, I participated to an internship program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I wrote my master’s thesis about the autonomous navigation algorithms. After this experience I started to work in Nimbus as business development engineer.
Nimbus srl is an aeronautical company, certified UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008, which designs and manufactures innovative Remote Pilot Systems (RPAS). It is an operator authorized by the National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and is inscribed under the Italian Federation of Aerospace, Defense and Security (AIAD). Nimbus srl has invested, with a highly qualified team of specialized engineers, 10 years in research, development, testing for its exclusive products: the Metaplano and the hexarotors PPL series 6.
About Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference
This 5th edition of the conference organized by Jakajima will be hosted by power systems manufacturer Avio Aero and 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.