by Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft
A lot of media attention has been focused on toy drones that can deliver coffee, burritos and band-aids. However, much larger-capacity UAVs are being developed that promise a safer, versatile, all-weather solution to air cargo aircraft that has one of the fastest ROIs in any aircraft market.
Complete program: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/program/
What drives you?
I’m driven by the desire to demonstrate the true utility of vertical take-off and landing…not just for Urban Air Mobility, but to bring much needed food, goods and medicines to locations that traditionally are either under-served or inaccessible with all but the most inefficient transportation methods.
Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
My presentation shows a delegate that not only does the unmanned air cargo air vehicle open a plethora of markets that aren’t currently served, but does so at lower cost than traditional means
What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The emergence of detect and avoid technologies, and the willingness of regulatory agencies to work cooperatively with manufacturers to make heavy-lift VTOL cargo carriers a reality.
What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Opening new and unserved markets in both cargo carriage and to health and safety, as a whole.
What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Time and development capital
“VTOL heavy-lift cargo UAVs have the potential to revolutionize transportation like no other segment. Whereas manned urban air mobility will, for many years, be out of reach for all but the well-heeled, VTOL heavy-lift cargo UAVs will bring food, goods and life-saving medicines to the most remote (and poorest) parts of the world…and will do so within the next 2 years.”
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