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

XLCargoDrones

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”

Hype technologies to profoundly change aviation – Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA

Hype technologies

Hype technologies to profoundly change aviation – Hans Heerkens, Chairman Platform UCA (PUCA)

Far from the spotlight of the media, technologies are developed that can significantly change aviation – and society- especially when applied jointly. Two of them are 3D printing and quantum computers. Perhaps you do not think of aviation right away. But these technologies can profoundly change aviation, and may have a major impact on tomorrow’s world.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a technique by which an object is constructed in thin layers, as if a printer does not apply one layer of ink to paper, but layer after layer. The significant advantage is that more and more items can be manufactured wherever and whenever they are needed. This saves time and transport costs. Experiments are already conducted with 3D printing of food. In combination with nanotechnology, which can change properties of materials considerably, the possibilities seem unlimited. Continue reading “Hype technologies to profoundly change aviation – Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA”

ATLAS, an Unmanned Medium Ranged Containerized Cargo Freighter

“Design an unmanned containerised cargo freighter that can reduce the cost of shipping by air
and the time required for inter-modal transfers and transport on the ground”, was the objective for a concluding part of aerospace engineering bachelor’s curriculum at Delft University of Technology, called the the design synthesis exercise (DSE). Continue reading “ATLAS, an Unmanned Medium Ranged Containerized Cargo Freighter”