European Space Agency launches call for proposal for Smart Supply Chain

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Opportunity for Platform UCA Members.

Supply chains can be complex and often involve the management of a vast range of activities. Automatizing operations, ensuring the safe and secure transport of goods, and adopting environmentally friendly processes are becoming increasingly important in supply chain management, while new technologies like delivery drones, autonomous ground robots, and connected machinery offer exciting new ways for supply chains to be optimised.

Nevertheless, some sectors still face significant challenges: short shipping times demanded by customers put huge pressure on retailers to solve the last mile problem, getting fresh and perishable goods rapidly into stores remains a key target to maximise shelf life and reduce waste, and consumers are demanding transparency about product sources. Natural disasters and political instability can significantly disrupt the sourcing and transportation of goods, while other regions face challenges because they are remote, lack infrastructure, or are missing important data.

The aim of this kick-start opportunity is to investigate new services, which use space assets to enhance supply chain management.

TOPICS OF RELEVANCE

Supply chains are integral to many different sectors and there is huge potential for a variety of different applications. Some relevant topics are listed below, with examples of potential applications.

  • Smart shipping (Development of unmanned ground, airborne or maritime/fluvial cargo delivery in urban and remote areas).
  • Green shipping
  • Safe shipping
  • Humanitarian shipping

The call opens on 15 April 2020 and closes on 27 May 2020.

For more information go to the ESA webpage, or download the leaflet here.

Platform member Wings for Aid wins TIACA’s sustainability award

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Wings for Aid Foundation has won the first edition of the TIACA Sustainability Award, sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems. Winner Wings for Aid Foundation came up with a self-landing cardboard delivery box to bridge the last mile to people in need as a result of humanitarian crises. The winner was announced during the Gala Evening of the TIACA Executive Summit 2019 in Budapest and received a funding of US$15,000.

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DLR Symposium on Automated Low-Altitude Air Delivery

Popular projects of Amazon, DHL, UPS, Boeing and recently formed knowledge centers in the context of unmanned cargo aircraft show the increasing interest in unmanned airborne transportation. Moving forward with new concepts, DLR (German Aerospace Center) has conducted a four year research project between 2016 and 2019 on cargo drones with up to a one metric ton payload capacity. This project took advantage of a newly established operational risk approach introducing a new perspective on regulating the safety of unmanned aviation.

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Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft welcomes Reliefbase as new member

Reliefbase Foundation

Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft welcomes Reliefbase as new member

About Reliefbase Foundation
Reliefbase Foundation is a Joint Innovation Initiative where public and private partners, together with knowledge institutes, community organizations and (international) NGOs, work together to test and validate new concepts, prototype products, instruments, systems and materials for innovations that can be used in the context of disasters, emergency response and relief operations, or in the day-to-day lives of people, in particular in relation to: (a) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; (b) Disaster preparedness and emergency response (DRR & DRM); and (c) Drones and Unmanned Cargo Aircraft. Continue reading “Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft welcomes Reliefbase as new member”

Launch of new innovation center XLCargoDrones to accelerate unmanned cargo aircraft industry

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Launch of new innovation center XLCargoDrones to accelerate unmanned cargo aircraft industry
Amsterdam, November 28th , 2018

Today, innovation center XLCargoDrones has been launched at the Amsterdam Drone Week, during Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference. The University of Twente, NLR- Netherlands Aerospace Centre and the Amsterdam University of Applied Science combine their research strengths in the field of cargo drones. The research activities are focussed on the requirements for the development and introduction of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA). The three institutes set up a research agenda on all aspects of UCA operation from societal issues, logistical opportunities to technical challenges. Continue reading “Launch of new innovation center XLCargoDrones to accelerate unmanned cargo aircraft industry”

Swiss company Matternet starts test medical drone delivery in North Carolina

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Swiss company Matternet starts test medical drone delivery in North Carolina

Matternet, a Swiss company, began a three-year test programme of its delivery drones under a program run by the N.C. Department of Transportation and authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration. The North Carolina program is one of 10 the FAA chose nationwide to try to determine how drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, can be put to commercial use in the United States. Continue reading “Swiss company Matternet starts test medical drone delivery in North Carolina”

What is BVLOS flight & that does it mean for commercial drone industry

BVLOS flight

What is BVLOS flight & that does it mean for commercial drone industry

“Beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) is the most talked about concept in the commercial drone world today. It means that drones fly beyond the visual line of sight of the operator. There are 2 key factors that make BVLOS flight a tipping point for commercial drone industry expansion. The first is enabling service providers to conduct complex drone operations. The second is enabling drones to be able to conduct truly unmanned flight with no pilot needed for take-off or landing. Continue reading “What is BVLOS flight & that does it mean for commercial drone industry”