Silent Delivery Drone, Silentium: The Alternative Method of Package Delivery – Presented by José Ignacio de Alvear Cárdenas, TU Delft

Silent Delivery Drone, Silentium: The Alternative Method of Package Delivery – Presented by José Ignacio de Alvear Cárdenas, TU Delft, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on November 28, 2018, at RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The on-demand service industry is expanding rapidly. Millions of packages are being delivered daily and this number is constantly increasing. Major delivery companies such as DHL, UPS or Amazon are developing small drones to deliver packages; an alternative to truck delivery which is expected to start operating in the near future. Its advantages are speed, sustainability and competitiveness: a drone is not subjected to traffic, it can be electric and is more efficient than truck delivery. The major drawback is that the current noise produced by drones is deemed by humans as more annoying than its car counterpart because of its high frequency.

silentiumIn this presentation, we propose an alternative design: Silentium, the silent delivery drone, a concept which is 11% quieter than overnight regulations and produces 73% less CO2 than trucks.

We believe that a fleet of these drones would revolutionize the way we perceive package delivery and it would mark the next step towards a greener, smarter and more connected future.

Silentium is the result of a 10 student group Bachelor end-project. The final technical report can be found in:

About José Ignacio de Alvear Cárdenas
José Ignacio is a recently graduated Aerospace Engineering Honours Bachelor student at TUDelft, currently following the Master Programme of Control & Simulation. In 2017, as an intern in NLR, he participated in the SCALAIR project within the Clean Sky 2 European research programme. For his Bachelor end-project, José Ignacio has worked in the development of Silentium, the “Silent Delivery Drone”. With a growing interest in UAVs, he has also broadened the scope of his education to include topics of Computer Science, such as Computational Intelligence or Big Data Processing because he believes that innovation, nowadays, requires an interdisciplinary mindset.

About Delft University of Technology (TUDelft)
TU Delft is a modern university with a rich tradition. Its eight faculties and over 30 English-language Master programmes are at the forefront of technological development, contributing to scientific advancement in the interests of society. Ranked among the top universities of technology worldwide, TU Delft’s excellent research and education standards are backed by outstanding facilities, research institutes and research schools. TU Delft maintains close links with (inter)national industry, a strategic alliance contributing to the relevance of its academic programmes and career prospects for its graduates. Society is our continuous incentive for research, finding solutions for society’s present and future demands.

About Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference
This 7th edition of the conference will take place on November 28, 2018, at RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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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