Unmanned Low-altitude Air Cargo – Towards Demonstration With A Specific Operational Risk Assessment – Presented by Florian-Michael Adolf, DLR

Unmanned Low-altitude Air Cargo – Towards Demonstration With A Specific Operational Risk Assessment – Presented by Florian-Michael Adolf, German Aerospace Center (DLR), at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which takes place on 23 November 2017, Avio Aero, Rivalta di Torino, Italy.

At DLR (German Aerospace Center) novel concepts and technologies are investigated focusing on automated air cargo delivery for up to 1 t of cargo payload. The DLR project ALAADy (Automated Low Altitude Air Delivery) addresses a large scope of challenges that come along with such an unmanned aircraft for cargo operations. This presentation will provide an update on the project as well as a status on latest developments, i.e. from use cases and towards our demonstration goal. The discussed aspects comprise a blend of use case requirements and a discussion of onboard functional requirements such that a safe operation under the prospective EASA specific category would be admissible and feasible in very low level flight.

About Florian-Michael Adolf
Florian Adolf works as a roboticist since 15 years. He received his Computer Science degree in 2003 (Trier University), and a M.Sc. in Autonomous Systems in 2006 (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University). Since 2013, Florian leads a team of highly motivated researchers who work on autonomy for multiple aircraft platforms as well as the complex task of validation and verification thereof. Florian’s daily work comprises not only technical and research work but also international collaboration with related special interest groups and standardization groups.

About DLR (German Aerospace Center)
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft ConferenceAbout 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.


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