Retail behemoth Amazon.com Inc. took a big leap toward delivering goods from the sky by becoming one of only a handful of companies certified by the U.S. government to operate as a drone airline.
The Federal Aviation Administration designated Amazon Prime Air an “air carrier,” the company said Monday. That allows Amazon to begin its first commercial deliveries in the U.S. under a trial program, using the high-tech devices it unveiled for that purpose last year.
Amazon . com Inc. said Monday it received federal approval to establish a fleet of drones and will begin limited tests of package delivery to customers in the U.S., although a number of key steps remain before widespread use of the technology will be allowed.
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).
The call opens on 15 April 2020 and closes on 27 May 2020.
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.
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.
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”
Africa will lead the way in adopting drone technology, out of necessity, which will result in a leap to the next frontier. The use of Cargo Drones in Africa will improve accessibility and connectivity in an efficient and cost-effective manner, which will be replicated in other regions in the world.