Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicles Are Closer Than You Think – Presented by Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft

Ed De Reyes

Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicles Are Closer Than You Think – Presented by Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on 20 March 2018 at the North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

Public perception – and the perception of many people in the UAV and air cargo industries think that Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCAs) still have a few years before they’re a viable way to move food, dry goods or even hazardous cargo.

In order to be truly viable, UCAs must meet or exceed the cargo capacity and safety record of the current generation of manned aircraft.

The lack of battery capacity in electric vehicles has fed the misperceived notion of trading payload for battery endurance, and battery capacity contains only a small fraction of energy storage capability that their manned-counterparts are capable of achieving.

Other seemingly difficult hurdles of Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) operations and in congested airspace have all combined to give the impression that UCAs are years in the future.

The technology to fly UCAs that are superior to manned cargo aircraft – especially in regional cargo carriers – is available now…and most of it is off-the-shelf. Continue reading “Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicles Are Closer Than You Think – Presented by Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft”