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”

Graduation assignment on UCA supported by Avio Aero & Platform UCA – Unmanned Cargo Aircraft with innovative propulsion system – comparative evaluation with traditional freight systems

graduation assignment

Master’s Graduation assignment on UCA supported by Avio Aero & Platform UCA – Unmanned Cargo Aircraft with innovative propulsion system – comparative evaluation with traditional freight systems

Frame, structure and deliverables expected

Unmanned Aircraft will be the future of the cargo industry, according to several experts. Being an application already well established in the military segment and relying on a mature technology, these vehicles are only missing the implementation of a proper regulation by the authorities to make their breakthrough into the markets. Continue reading “Graduation assignment on UCA supported by Avio Aero & Platform UCA – Unmanned Cargo Aircraft with innovative propulsion system – comparative evaluation with traditional freight systems”

Boeing unveils new electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing multi-copter UAV (video)

Boeing eVTOL

Boeing unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (Boeing eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype that will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. It is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications.

“This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. “We have an opportunity to really change air travel and transport, and we’ll look back on this day as a major step in that journey.” Continue reading “Boeing unveils new electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing multi-copter UAV (video)”

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”