Why infrastructure is the key for drone delivery to go mainstream

Ryan Walsh

Drones are going to be a critical step in logistics technology, but that only solves half of the problem. The often overlooked part in drone delivery is the supporting systems that enable safer and more efficient systems. Drone infrastructure is critical in bridging that gap. Infrastructure that charges the drones, house the drone, and perform package handling autonomously that removes the drone-human interaction makes the process exponentially safer and more effective.

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OSTIM Defense & Aviation Cluster (OSSA) is Industry Partner of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

OSSA

OSSA (OSTIM Defense & Aviation Cluster) was established on July 1, 2007 under the leadership of OSTIM Organized Industrial Region. OSSA has more than 270 member companies from different cities or Turkey and nearly 10000 employees and over 50 areas of activity. For land, air and naval platforms; R&D/design, software, composite manufacturing, electronics, electromechanics, harness, machining, sheet metal forming, surface development, test/calibration, coating/painting, optical systems, hydraulic systems, machinery/equipment manufacturing, unmanned systems and many final products and the production of subsystems are among the capabilities and competencies of our members.

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Apulian aerospace cluster organization DTA Becomes Partner of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference

DTA

The DTA is the Apulian aerospace cluster organization, it is a private not-for-profit society. Through its extensive research and development work in aerospace domain, DTA operates mainly as research and innovation service provider for its members and partners with the mission to push the growth of the Apulian aerospace industry.

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US Cargo Systems is Bronze Partner of UCA Conference

US Cargo Systems

US Cargo Systems is a worldwide leader in the design and development of Cargo Handling and Aerial Delivery Systems.

We are proud of our over 50 year heritage serving countless commercial and military aircraft customers with leading edge technologies. Our sales and engineering teams have worked directly with nearly all Aircraft OEM’s as a Tier 1 supplier, as well as with major freight integrators.

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Improving the Safety of Autonomous Operations of Small Unmanned Vehicles in Urban Areas – Presented by Zhen Zhu, East Carolina University

zhen zu

Improving the Safety of Autonomous Operations of Small Unmanned Vehicles in Urban Areas – Presented by Zhen Zhu, East Carolina University, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on Mar 20, 2018, North Carolina Global Transpark.

UAS operations in an urban area faces a few challenges such as object detection and avoidance, mapping of the local environment, autonomous navigation and control. Solution to these problems often require an accurate and reliable real-time estimation of vehicle position, velocity, timing and orientation. On a small UAS, such estimation is typically made available by the onboard navigator that combines satellite navigation with inertial sensors. In an urban environment, however, satellite navigation is not always available or reliable. Recent development in navigation and robotics industries may help improve the performance. Continue reading “Improving the Safety of Autonomous Operations of Small Unmanned Vehicles in Urban Areas – Presented by Zhen Zhu, East Carolina University”

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

Florian Michael Adolf

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