by Svilen Rangelov, Dronamics
The latest developments on the DRONAMICS Black Swan
About Svilen Rangelov
In 2014 Svilen co-founded DRONAMICS with his brother Konstantin, an aerospace engineer, with a mission to leverage advances in autonomy, aerodynamics and production, and create the world-leading cargo UAV “The Black Swan”, in order to democratize air freight and accelerate e-commerce in emerging markets. Svilen and Konstantin are leading a small but growing team of world-class aerospace engineers and logistics experts, and their pioneering work has won them numerous international awards. In 2018 DRONAMICS became IATA’s first strategic partner for drones worldwide.
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by David Merrill, Co-Founder and CEO, Elroy Air
Elroy Air is developing autonomous aircraft systems and software to deliver cargo rapidly and flexibly by air. Building on the powertrain and perception technology enabling the hybrid-electric/autonomous vehicle revolution, the first version of their vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) cargo transport system can operate outside of airport infrastructure and carries 200+ lbs over 300 miles.
Commercial cargo by air to expand delivery options, immediate aid and relief in disaster and firefighting situations, and rapid autonomous resupply for troops in the field. Elroy Air began testing its full-scale prototype aircraft in mid-2019, and will present an overview and update including lessons learned, photos/videos, and next steps.
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UCA around the corner? – Presented by Hans Heerkens, Assistant Professor, University of Twente / Chairman, Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft, at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which will take place on November 28, 2018, at RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
For years, UCA have been in silent development. Now, the first operational UCA services are about to start. But while small companies often initiate innovations, large organizations are needed to spread them. UCA infrastructure is a public good, and the recognition of this will help to determine the competitive power of operators and of countries and regions. Continue reading “UCA around the corner? – Presented by Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA”
Port as living lab for innovations – Presented by Jan Egbertsen, Port of Amsterdam, at Cargo Innovation Conference, which will take place on January 18, 2019, at Rotterdam AHOY, The Netherlands.
How can a seaport develop itself into an innovative hub for transport and logisctics? Lessons learned from Port of Amsterdam Continue reading “Port as living lab for innovations – Presented by Jan Egbertsen, Port of Amsterdam”
Africa – The next frontier for Commercial Drones – Duo presentation by Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral Aerial Solutions & Luis Carrillo, Owner Singular Group, at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which will take place on November 28, 2018, at RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Africa will lead the way in adopting drone technology, out of necessity, which will result in a leap to the next frontier. The use of Cargo Drones in Africa will improve accessibility and connectivity in an efficient and cost-effective manner, which will be replicated in other regions in the world. Continue reading “Africa – The next frontier for Commercial Drones – Presented by Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral Aerial Solutions”
Key learnings of Cargo Drone mission for UN in Dominican Republic – Presented by Barry Koperberg, Wings for Aid, at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which will take place on November 28, 2018, at RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Together with DLR, Wings for Aid has run a 2-week Cargo Drone mission program for the World Food Program in the Dominican Republic. During the mission, we have simulated ‘last-mile’ delivery problems and have bridged them by the use of a 20kg delivery box and an unmanned helicopter. During the presentation, we will share key learnings on logistics, flight permits, stakeholder reactions and the like. We look forward to an interactive session to gain new insights ourselves and decide on new pilot projects with partners. Continue reading “Key learnings of Cargo Drone mission for UN in Dominican Republic – Presented by Barry Koperberg, Wings for Aid”
The Business End of UCA: Round II, presented by Christopher Spagnoletti, US Cargo Systems, at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which will take place on November 28, 2018, at RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Considerations for the Management of Cargo for UCA
What drives you?
Sense of personal accomplishment, Structure, Adventure and the Arts
What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
Guitar, dog and unlimited supply of wine
What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
AI will be the driving force for the Autonomous-Device revolution, inclusive of the Automotive, Aerospace and Health industries..dwarfing consumer electronics. Continue reading “The Business End of UCA: Round II – Presented by Christopher Spagnoletti, US Cargo Systems”
The impact of digitization in container terminals – Presented by Jordi Arjona Aroca, Valenciaport Foundation, at Cargo Innovation Conference which will take place on Jun 07, 2018, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands.
During the last years ports, terminals and haulers have been walking at a steady pace towards full digitization. This has open a new range of possibilities to them and many are embracing the latest advances in fields like big data, IOT or cyber-physical systems, which are paving their way towards full automation. We will present the efforts Valenciaport Foundation is making in this regard, jointly with the collaboration of Valenciaport authority and terminal operators like Noatum. In particular we will introduce four European projects, SeaTerminals, INTER-IoT, Transforming Transport and Sauron, in four different areas: Cyberphysical systems, Internet of Things, BigData and Cybersecurity. Continue reading “The impact of digitization in container terminals – Presented by Jordi Arjona Aroca, Valenciaport Foundation”
The Economics of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft – Presented by Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris Corporation, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on 20 March 2018 at the North Carolina Global TransPark, USA. Read the interview
To date, a number of studies have suggested that there are viable business cases for UCA in certain niche markets such as where infrastructure is poor. These potential markets certainly exist and will likely be the starting point of the industry. However, UCA also have the potential to alter mainstream cargo markets significantly. To capitalize on such opportunities, UCA manufacturers and prospective operators will need to offer more concrete capital and operating cost information and create new, disruptive partnerships with other parties in the cargo transportation market. Continue reading “The Economics of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft – Presented by Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris Corp”
Automated Train Operation – an important building block for modern railways – Presented by Alfons Schaafsma, Advisor Innovation and Development, ProRail, at the Cargo Innovation Conference, which will take place on Jun 07, 2018, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands. Read the interview
Automated Train Operation (ATO) has a huge impact on employees, technical systems, and aspects like reliability and safety. Performing real life tests is a strategy to create focus points in the development process for all stakeholders. Testing also helps to demystify ATO. ProRail is in the process of facilitating tests in 2018.
In the view of ProRail both track side and on board systems should migrate from (connected) Driver Advisory Systems – via Semi
Automatied Train Operation with full responsibility of the driver – to Unattended Train Operation. ATO should operate in cooperation with both ERTMS and national signaling/ATP systems. Continue reading “Automated Train Operation – an important building block for modern railways – Presented by Alfons Schaafsma, ProRail”