Autonomy and connectivity are the themes for the future of aviation – Kyle Snyder, NGAT Consortium

Kyle Snyder

Autonomy and connectivity are the themes for the future of aviation – Interview with Kyle Snyder, NGAT Consortium

Kyle Snyder is NextGen Air Transportation Consortium Director, NGAT Consortium at North Carolina State University, USA. He will speak about Integrating UAS for Healthcare Package Delivery in North Carolina at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on 20 March 2018 at the North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

Despite not being a pilot or an aerospace engineer, Kyle has developed a reputation for research leadership and comprehensive knowledge of the impacts of modern technology on the aviation transportation system. Kyle has focused on supporting the broad integration of UAS into the national airspace for routine, commercial applications since 2000. In 2015 he secured North Carolina State University’s position on the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence ASSURE Alliance. He continues to work with industry, government, and academic institutions to support the transition of research and new technologies from laboratories into operational aerospace products.

What drives you?

I have been committed to developing UAS technologies and supporting UAS integration into the national airspace system since 2000. Accessing the 3rd dimension through aviation technologies presents so many opportunities for economic impact, research and discovery, and personal enrichment (the view is always rewarding). Seeing aviation technologies move from the laboratory into routine operational applications is always exciting. Continue reading “Autonomy and connectivity are the themes for the future of aviation – Kyle Snyder, NGAT Consortium”

Autonomous harvest completed by robots and drones at UK farm

autonomous harvest

Autonomous harvest completed by robots and drones at UK farm

It’s harvest season in many parts of the world, but on one farm in the United Kingdom, robots — not humans — are doing all the heavy lifting.

At Hands Free Hectare, an experimental farm run by researchers from Harper Adams University, in the village of Edgmond in the U.K., about 5 tons (4.5 metric tons) of spring barley have been harvested from the world’s first robotically tended farm. Everything from start to finish — including sowing, fertilizing, collecting samples and harvesting — has been done by autonomous vehicles on the farm, according to the researchers.

The team behind the project thinks that robotic technology could improve yields in agriculture, which is necessary if the world’s growing population is to be fed in coming years.

The researchers tackled this problem by using commercially available agriculture machines and open-source software that is used to guide hobbyists’ drones. Continue reading “Autonomous harvest completed by robots and drones at UK farm”