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Airbus’ Skyways drone trials world’s first shore-to-ship deliveries

By admin In UAV News

15

Mar
2019

Airbus’ Skyways drone trials world’s first shore-to-ship deliveries

Singapore, Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone. This marks the first time drone technology has been deployed in real port conditions, to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage.

The maiden shore-to-ship delivery flight was made to the Swire Pacific Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel ‘M/V Pacific Centurion’, 1.5km from the shoreline of Singapore’s Marina South Pier, carrying 1.5kg of 3D printed consumables. Landing safely on the ship deck and depositing its cargo to the shipmaster, the Skyways unmanned air vehicle swiftly returned to its base, with the entire flight taking within ten minutes.

The trials are being undertaken in conjunction with partner Wilhelmsen Ships Services, one of the world’s leading maritime logistics and port services company. During the trials, Airbus’ Skyways drone will lift off from the pier with a payload capability of up to 4kg, and navigate autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial corridors’ to vessels as far as 3km from the coast.

Airbus’ Skyways lead, Leo Jeoh shared his excitement at the milestone flight: “We are thrilled to launch the first trial of its kind in the maritime world. Today’s accomplishment is a culmination of months of intense preparation by our dedicated team, and the strong collaboration with our partner, as we pursue a new terrain in the maritime industry.”

“We are also happy to be taking a step forward for Airbus’ urban air mobility endeavour, as we continue to explore and seek better understanding of what it takes to fly safe and reliable autonomous flying vehicles safely,” he added.

“The now proven, seamless operation of drone deliveries from shore to ship, in one of the world’s busiest ports proves the hard work, investment and faith we, and indeed our partners, placed in the Agency by Air project over the past two years was not misplaced,” said Marius Johansen, Vice President Commercial, Ships Agency at Wilhelmsen Ships Services.

Airbus’s Skyways drone

“Delivery of essential spares, medical supplies and cash to master via launch boat, is an established part of our portfolio of husbandry services, which we provide day in and day out, in ports all over the world. Modern technology such as the unmanned aircraft systems, are just a new tool, albeit a very cool one, with which we can push our industry ever forward and improve how we serve our customers,” he added.

The use of unmanned aircraft systems in the maritime industry paves the way for possible enlargement of existing ship agency services’ portfolio, speeding up deliveries by up to six times, lowering delivery costs by up to 90%, reducing carbon footprint, and significantly mitigating risks of accidents associated with launch-boat deliveries.

Airbus and Wilhelmsen Ships Services signed an agreement in June 2018 to drive the development of an end-to-end unmanned aircraft system for safe shore-to-ship deliveries. The collaboration marries Airbus’ extensive expertise in aeronautical vertical lift solutions and Wilhelmsen’s wealth of experience in ship agency services. A landing platform and control centre were set up at the Marina South Pier in November 2018, through the facilitation of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. The maritime agency also designated anchorages for vessels to anchor off the pier for the trials, while the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore worked with Airbus and Wilhelmsen to ensure safety of the trials.

Skyways is an experimental project aimed at establishing seamless multi-modal transportation networks in smart cities. Through Skyways, Airbus aims to develop an unmanned airborne infrastructure solution and address the sustainability and efficiency of unmanned aircraft in large urban and maritime environments.

Having demonstrated the ability to deliver parcels safely and reliably to vessels anchored off the coast of Singapore, Skyways will soon be commencing another trial phase delivering air parcels autonomously in an urban environment, at the National University of Singapore.

About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of €64 and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Published at Fri, 15 Mar 2019 11:14:57 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}UAVOS INC Drone Simulator

UAVOS INC. offers its customers a simulator for testing UAVOS autopilot control capabilities of different types of unmanned vehicles ranging from 1kg to 1200kg in different weather conditions. The simulator includes special software, as well as software for the ground control station, developed by UAVOS. The simulator allows to make UAV trial flight in a virtual environment before the start of its production and to modify its design according to the results of such virtual flight tests.

The ground part of the UAVOS automatic control system software contains the integrated software block to simulate flight both in the virtual environment, as well as using the automatic control system hardware with the connection of the real autopilot (with imitated substitution of the autopilot sensor data by the flight simulator data).

Aliaksei Stratsilatau, Chairman of the Board and Lead developer: “Virtual models built with a high degree of conformity to the future or a real aircraft make it possible to almost perfectly set up the autopilot and test all flight modes, take-off and landing modes for both airplane-type UAVs and helicopters, copters, dirigibles and other non-standard types of aircraft. This procedure allows to perform the first flight immediately in automatic mode and reduces the risk of loss of the equipment at the flight test stage during critical flight or operating modes in strong wind and turbulence.”

The accuracy of UAV settings in a virtual environment with a correctly constructed model and correctly entered data is approximately 95%. The final setting of the autopilot is performed in the first flight during the execution of a special program – “calibration flight” (duration approximately 30-40 minutes). An important feature of this function is the possibility of visualization of actually performed flights in the simulator, which helps with the training or analysis of flight incidents, analysis of operator actions.

«Our clients can install the demo version of the UAVOS software for the ground control station and perform virtual training flights on various types of UAV by clicking the link to the company’s website http://docs.uavos.com/gcs/sim.html» – Aliaksei Stratsilatau commented.

Published at Fri, 15 Mar 2019 11:09:44 +0000

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