Dronamics and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions to develop hydrogen-fuel technology for cargo drones
Dronamics, the leading middle-mile cargo drone developer and operator, and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS), a leading innovator in the development of zero emissions solutions for aerospace, announced that they will be combining their expertise to integrate hydrogen fuel-cell technology into the Black Swan, the long-range cargo drone developed by Dronamics.
ACI Launches Counter Drone Knowledge Center
Airports Council International (ACI) World has launched the Counter Drones Knowledge Centre, supported by Vigilant Drone Defense Inc., which is aimed to arm airports with resources and information on the prevention of unauthorized drone and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) activities that would interfere with safe airport and air traffic operations.
FedEx to Test Autonomous Drone Cargo Delivery with Elroy Air
FedEx Express is teaming up with California Bay Area-based Elroy Air, the company building an end-to-end autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial cargo system. As a first of its kind agreement in the U.S., FedEx Express will develop plans to test Elroy Air's Chaparral autonomous air cargo system within the company's middle-mile logistics operations, moving shipments between sortation locations. This is the latest initiative from FedEx in its effort to explore and adopt emerging technologies across its networks.
FedEx Plans to Test Autonomous Drone Cargo Delivery with Elroy Air
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world's largest express transportation company, is teaming up with California Bay Area-based Elroy Air, the company building the first end-to-end autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial cargo system. As a first of its kind agreement in the U.S., FedEx Express will develop plans to test Elroy Air's Chaparral autonomous air cargo system within the company's middle-mile logistics operations, moving shipments between sortation locations. This is the latest initiative from FedEx in its effort to explore and adopt emerging technologies across its networks.
Advanced Air Mobility Looks Ahead to Automation
Using software to handle tasks to assist people is not a new concept – look at our computers, cell phones or electric cars.
Advanced Air Mobility, or AAM, aircraft intend to apply that same idea with new software algorithms and hardware such as sensors and radars. Technology like this could enable vehicles to operate without a pilot, or if a pilot is in the loop, increase the safety. Use cases include helping the vehicle avoid bad weather, other aircraft, and safely take off and land.
GET Corp. is joining DLE to collaborate with AirGo in energy-efficient Drone Delivery solutions
Global Energy Transmission Co. (GET) enables battery-powered drones to fly forever by safely and quickly recharging while still in flight. Drones simply hover for a few minutes in one of our large wireless charging areas produced by GET Wireless Charging Station, which can be installed kilometers apart along flight routes, and inside. GET's solution elevates drone-driven applications to a new level of autonomy, while providing high utilization of the drones, enhanced security, and all-weather operations. AirGo and GET have agreed to work on lightweight and energy-efficient solutions for the drone delivery industry, such as smart and fully automated delivery platform.
Volocopter’s Simple ‘Giant Drone’ Approach May Be A Winner
It's been estimated that around 300 different companies are trying to build new "flying car" electric VTOL aircraft for the anticipated revolution, and there are almost as many different design philosophies. Most are opting for hybrid designs that feature rotors for vertical takeoff and landing, but regular fixed wings for horizontal flight. There's a good reason for that — fixed wing flight is much more efficient, and for electric aircraft, battery weight is the key issue, and that makes efficiency really important.
Fit2Fly Aims to Make Future Drones Safe and Reliable
A delivery drone is assigned to fly your package from a distribution center out by the airport to your home downtown.
There's a lot riding on this brief flight and you need to trust the small uncrewed aircraft isn't going to crash and wreck the family birthday party, let alone endanger anyone along the way.
So, before it takes off, without any human nearby, the drone must make sure on its own that everything is working fine, and it's safely fit to fly.
And then once in the air, will it be able to detect a problem during the flight, immediately and safely deal with the issue, and then report the trouble so repairs can be made, or other drone operators can watch out for the same trouble?
An exploratory research activity in drone safety named Fit2Fly seeks to solve these challenges.