Amazon, Boeing, GE, Google announce plans to develop private UTM system for drones

UTM system

During last week’s FAA Symposium in Baltimore, Amazon, Boeing, GE, and Google announced that they are ready to start working on the development of a private Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system for drones. Testing in conjunction with NASA is supposed to start in the next three months. The system will enable swarms of drones to fly a couple of hundred feet above the ground using cellular and web applications to avoid collisions and allow for remote tracking.

A “TOTALLY DIFFERENT, NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS”

Amazon, Boeing, and Google have already expressed their visions of deliveries made by drones in the future. The companies have also started testing these new technologies on small scale. However, large-scale use of drones to make deliveries will require a robust drone traffic management system, that will prevent drones from crashing into each other or, worse, manned aircraft. Continue reading “Amazon, Boeing, GE, Google announce plans to develop private UTM system for drones”

Amazon and UPS are investing big in drone deliveries

UPS

Amazon and UPS are investing big in drone deliveries

  • Drone deliveries could be faster and cheaper than existing logistics methods.
  • Companies like Amazon and UPS are investing big in developing flying robots to make deliveries.

In theory, getting a recent purchase delivered in mere minutes is every consumer’s dream.

In practice? It’s not exactly easy to do.

The logistics are complex and intense. The regulatory hurdles are steep and covered with red tape. And like autonomous vehicles, the technology is already capable of the task at hand – however, it will take time to build acceptance and trust with customers to allow drones to fly onto their property for any purpose. Continue reading “Amazon and UPS are investing big in drone deliveries”

Sabrewing Aircraft closes funding for hybrid-electric cargo challenger to Cessna 208

Sabrewing Aircraft

A California startup promising to build an electric long-distance cargo drone announced yesterday that it has raised 140 percent of its initial angel funding goal. Sabrewing Aircraft Company CEO Ed De Reyes said the company had raised just shy of US$1 million from The Drone Fund, Integro LTD and two other investors.

The funds will be used to construct a large-scale, long-endurance, high-cargo-capacity unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that its manufacturer says will be able to compete with small cargo aircraft such as the Cessna 208, in terms of cost, range, and payload.

While cargo drones are on the cusp of going mainstream, with big players like Boeing getting into the game, the model presented by Sabrewing Aircraft Co. could be the first electric cargo drone with the sort of range normally reserved for large fixed-wing aircraft. The UAV, dubbed “The Draco-2” will eventually carry up to two tons, for a maximum distance of 5,000 miles – for up to 50 hours – at altitudes reaching 22,000 feet. Continue reading “Sabrewing Aircraft closes funding for hybrid-electric cargo challenger to Cessna 208”

Health Condition Monitoring, new online service launched by “SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik”

Health Condition Monitoring

Health Condition Monitoring, new online service launched by “SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik”

“SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik” is on the verge of launching a new online service, Health Condition Monitoring (HCM), allowing manufacturers and users to monitor the technical condition of their drones after a mission is completed. This proven procedure from manned flight is now also available for unmanned aircraft. Initially, data-driven post-flight analysis is available for such critical drone components as batteries, flight controllers, motors and propellers.

Beginning 4 October 2017, it is planned to have the platform operational. The in-house “SafeDrone” development is initially available for new models of drone manufacturers Aerialtronics, germandrones, Matternet as well as from end of October for the H520 from YUNEEC. Other manufacturers will follow in the coming months. The flight controllers read and standardize the flight and sensor data needed for status-dependent fault analysis, sending this information on to the HCM platform. Component run-times will be measured and system-specific analysis can be carried out. The complex vibration patterns of a quadcopter, for example, can be determined throughout the life-cycle, and specific fault types can be recognized. An imbalanced propeller can be clearly identified – as can a loose screw between the motor and the casing. Continue reading “Health Condition Monitoring, new online service launched by “SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik””

3D Printing, Unmanned Aircraft to Revolutionise Logistics

Unmanned Aircraft

3D Printing, Unmanned Aircraft to Revolutionise Logistics

Logistical support for forward-deployed Marines will be revolutionized in the coming years by new technologies like 3-D printing, unmanned aircraft and “smart” logistics gear that can be networked to solve problems faster, a top Marine said.

“We’re looking to see what is the art of the possible and try to apply those visionary capabilities that are being developed to what we need to do,” Brig. Gen. Terry Williams, the Marine Corps’ assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics, told Marine Corps Times.  Continue reading “3D Printing, Unmanned Aircraft to Revolutionise Logistics”

IKEA considering drones for inventory management in Dubai distribution centre

IKEA

IKEA considering drones for inventory management in Dubai distribution centre

The company is considering the use of drones for inventory management in its Dubai South distribution centre, Abdelaziz Kadri, managing director, IKEA Distribution Services DWC, tells ArabianSupplyChain.com.

“The Distribution Centre is one of the largest of its kind in the region, with a capacity to handle 120,000 cubic metres in conventional racking on eight levels of storage,” says Kadri. “The 100,000sqm of storage space is split into two sections with 135 134 loading docks and 180 parking spaces in the yard for containers and trucks.”

The DC is currently using RFID scanning and an in-house WMS to keep track of the tens of thousands of SKUs that are stored and distributed from the facility to stores across the GCC, but according to Kadri, IKEA is looking at new ways of keep track of stock. Continue reading “IKEA considering drones for inventory management in Dubai distribution centre”

Google’s drone project is the latest Alphabet project to be target of financial restraint

Google’s drone

Google’s drone project is the latest Alphabet project to be target of financial restraint.The latest Google drones have just started taking flight in the real world. But the team behind the technology is slowing down, trimming headcount and shelving initiatives as the experimental unit becomes the latest target of tightening budgets across parent company Alphabet Inc.  Continue reading “Google’s drone project is the latest Alphabet project to be target of financial restraint”

Nimbus Joins the Platform for Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (PUCA)

Nimbus srl has become a member of PUCA – Platform for Unmanned Cargo Aircraft, a European working group set up in 2011 with the aim of facilitating the definition of requirements for, and the development of, the next generation of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft, and letting its members play a meaningful and profitable role in this development. Continue reading “Nimbus Joins the Platform for Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (PUCA)”