10 MAY 2022
CHESTERFIELD/VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA- As part the “Drone Tech Gateway” program, Drone Logistics Ecosystem is setting up a partnership with Chesterfield County, Va., to stimulate innovation, standardization and cross-border commercialization of drone delivery technologies and products. Chesterfield has introduced limited use of UAS technology in the past two years. It created a workgroup consisting of 14 departments, including Police, Sheriff, Fire, Risk Management, Communications & Media, Parks & Recreation and Schools, to assess UAS policy & programs that would allow the county to use these devices safely to achieve its strategic goals. The Chesterfield UAS Workgroup provided guidance, direction, and regulation to deploy UAS for public and commercial use. DLE will assist Chesterfield with expertise and necessary technology for testing and commercial implementation to form the guidelines and direction for the drone delivery industry in Chesterfield County.
Dr. Joe Casey, Chesterfield County Administrator said, “We are committed to pursuing innovative strategies that foster quality of life for our citizens, businesses and non-profits, to include leveraging technological advances in drone deployment”. “Preparing our students and citizens with such technical knowledge and skills will give our county a competitive advantage in future employment and business opportunities. With our ideal geographic location and existing private sector distribution facilities, anything that improves the movement of commerce will only help our businesses thrive.”
Drone Logistics Ecosystem™
Drone Logistics Ecosystem (DLE) is a free of charge, global multidisciplinary “quadruple helix” network of Companies, Universities, Public/Government, and Investors to stimulate innovations, collaborations, and standardisations in the drone logistics industry.
The aim of the Drone Logistics Ecosystem is to bring together stakeholders in the drone logistics industry under one roof to support commercialisation and marketing of products of Drone Logistics members. Since the industry at its inception, most of the companies are early-stage start-ups with limited access to funding, manpower and expertise, making us an ideal platform for companies to lend their expertise for joint-development of products, consulting, or simply as sub-contractors, or for any other format of cross-disciplinary/border collaboration.
The benefits of the Drone Logistics Ecosystem include.
Inclusivity for all players in the industry with an open Drone Logistics Ecosystem.
Standardization globally to ensure the smooth and efficient movement of goods from the factory to the end customer globally.
A win-win for all participants in this emerging industry and the delivery and courier industry, and more importantly, the customers.
Drone Logistics Ecosystem Members:
AIRGO DESIGNS PTE. LTD. was founded in Singapore in 2013, with the aim to introduce innovative lightweight solutions for the aviation industry using cutting-edge composite technologies to replace metal in heavy-duty primary/secondary aero structures. AirGo engineering team has designed a universal multirotor landing gear system integrated with a safe and reliable automated drop-and-leave releasing mechanism, including 9L standardised ultralight, recyclable, and smart drone boxes. AirGo technology is currently being used in the aviation industry and beyond in automotive, advanced air mobility and electronics. Over the years, AirGo has been featured in 200+ news articles in 20 different languages. And has won multiple awards and prizes in design & engineering, material innovation and sustainability. ALPHA DRONE SERVICES a United States company, was founded out of a need for high quality sUAS services. Alpha Drone Service provides specialized sUAS services for many different aerial platforms and applications. Currently the company provides services in communication tower inspections, transmission and distribution line inspection, mapping, and data collection, building inspections, agriculture inspections and standardized training for future sUAS pilots. Alpha Drone Service long term goal is to develop and cultivated relationships across sUAS industry, while growing the network internationally. Alpha Drone Service has many relationships internationally, which can be leveraged to benefit all parties. “We See What You Can’t”. ALPHASWIFT INDUSTRIES is founded to bring sustainable air transportation to the world by building affordable electric aircraft for the mass market. Currently, the company provides 3 main services: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) tuning and modification, Specialized UAS design and system of systems integration, and building a new UAS solution framework for bespoke clients. Alphaswift provides high end, specialized, enterprise-level UAS to be the go-to equipment for the industries that can utilize them for their day-to-day operations. Within less than a year in business, Alphaswift has successfully launched several high-profile projects and built high payload drones for their clients in the logistics and various other segments. ANISOPRINT is a Luxembourg-based deep-tech startup producing 3D Printers that allow to manufacture continuous fiber reinforced plastic parts that can substitute metal ones in aerospace, engineering, and many other areas along with cutting costs and increasing productivity. Continuous Fiber Coextrusion (CFC), the technology that was developed and patented by the company, allows: 1- creating lattice structures, which is the key for multi-material optimization and production, 2- easy customization and flexible material choice, 3- 3D-printing functional products from composites reinforced with continuous fibers that are many times lighter and stronger than metal ones. AURORA AERIAL is a Winnipeg-based company, is a custom drone manufacturing solution that develops hardware and software technology. The company was formed in 2018 by entrepreneurs who have a combined 50+ years of expertise in aviation & aerospace. As of July 1, 2021, Aurora is made up of 14 employees, which includes coop and intern students. From the beginning, we’ve strived to collaborate with regulators and other brilliant minds across a variety of industries so that we could lead in the research and development of breakthrough drone system technology. The sustainable drone system not only saves on our customers’ operational costs, but also reduces their carbon footprint and caters to UN Sustainable Development Goals 9, 11, and 13. Aurora Aerial’s system has an optional ballistic parachute system that qualifies us for most countries’ urban flight requirements and can travel up to 68 minutes at 72km/h and stay below 25kg while carrying up to 9kg while still within the current sUAS 25kg category. Our drone system reliably carries the heaviest time-sensitive payload the furthest distance in the industry, reducing your costs and providing a better delivery experience.
DELTA AEROSPACE was established over a decade ago to look at aerospace opportunities and the development of Aerospace business in Malaysia and the Region. In 2019 response to a “general enquiry”, we started down the path to where we are today, the only seaplane Distribution Organization in Asia Pacific and by 2023 the only 8 seat Seaplane Manufacturer in Asia. Achieving this status is our initial goal, and all indication shows that it is developing into a great business and opportunity to effectively develop another new branch of General Aviation Transport. But, with the developing step-change in aviation and the direction drone technology, E-mobility technology, and drive of our own markets to achieve a much more efficient and effective transport the environment is taking us, our goal is to achieve an autonomous fleet of seaplane freight vehicles by 2026. As an organisation, we are convinced that this is achievable in that timeframe via the utilization of existing airframes and known methods of operation and manufacture and not via the clean sheet design the route that not only takes a long time to see those completed vehicles become real but also require comprehensive and long duration certification programs for those vehicles. We already have the aircraft, alternative technology propulsion systems are already available for our manned aircraft updates and the flight control, flight management and communication systems enabling “removal of the pilot and fully autonomous operation is also available. Ours is a program of integration of the new and the traditional providing both comfort to us in terms of possible development timeframe and comfort to those certifying authorities eventually approving our 1.5 Ton amphibious Drones and their operation crossing the Pacific is part of a complete logistic network. Our goal being achieved through smart partnership and the combination of the best solutions.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA. is a Richmond suburb with a growing and diverse population of more than 365,000 residents, making it the fourth-largest county in Virginia. It formed an inter-departmental workgroup to guide policy development and further the use of unmanned aircraft systems in local government operations. The workgroup drafted a new policy for the use of drones and presented it for approval by the local governing body, after which the county’s Risk Management Department took over as project lead and finalized a policy that is applicable to both the municipal government and the public-school division. Chesterfield also has designated one of its public parks for use as a dedicated drone park. DRAGONFLY PADS is a French company, who provide turn-key solutions for drone landing and maintenance through the deployment of a grid of flexible, safe, and cost-effective vertiports. The pads will be strategically located on underused public and private real estate. Development of turn-key all-inclusive mobile and eco-friendly pads enabling landing, charging, servicing and storing of drones. DragonFly Pads is led by a team of experienced and successful executives developing both hardware and software vertiport to service the commercial drones, which is expected to reach over 400 000 commercial drones in Europe by 2030 and DragonFly Pads is actively engaged in partnerships with well-established players across Europe and now globally. DPENDENT is a Swiss company registered in 2019 that designs and sells Unmanned Drone Ground Handling Stations (UGHS) enabling fully autonomous 24/7 flights, remote and on demand. Collaborating with engineers located in Switzerland and revolving around the country’s tradition of excellence, it has developed an advanced robotics solution, the D-LOG One, that swaps batteries in less than a minute. In order to accommodate for any type of complex and critical missions, the station can then be upgraded with various options like sensor swapping, fuel & liquids refilling, package management or the possibility to make it mobile via an integration on a UGV or vehicle. Moreover, the company is working closely with leading drone manufacturers to deliver a fully drone agnostic solution.
DRONEXT 株式会社 founded in 2019, in Osaka, Japan, focuses on leveraging drone and ROV technology to assist businesses throughout Japan and Asia. The company's work encompasses UAV and ROV service solutions while also acting as a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world. They assist Japanese drone businesses in reaching the global market and help global businesses enter the Japanese market. DroNext's long-term focus is on developing and building extensible and accessible UAM verti-port infrastructure that incorporates drone logistics, UTM and other UAM eco-system businesses, while promoting collaboration and growth within communities. DRONFIES is an Uruguayan company, founded in 2017, focused on providing UTM solutions. Dronfies has developed the UTM solution for DINACIA, the Uruguayan CAA. Currently based in Uruguay and recently landed in Spain to work with their partners there. The company is a pioneer in Latin America in UTM and fleet management, aiming to provide airspace access and safe skies in the countries they work with. EMBENTION is a Spanish company with over 15 years of experience in the autonomous vehicle industry. Embention, positioned as a leading drone company, develops high-performance autopilots and critical components for UAVs and eVTOLs, in compliance with the most demanded aircraft standards. The company develops two main product lines including high-reliability drone components and ready to fly autonomous vehicles for professional use. Furthermore, Embention works closely with their partners for the integration of their star product, Veronte Autopilot, within all kinds of professional UAVs, drones and UAM systems. FREESPACE OPERATIONS is an Australian owned and operated manufacturer, delivering world-leading industrial heavy lift multirotor drone systems to the defense & commercial sectors. Freespace Operations focus on small to medium-sized multirotor systems with their flagship heavy lifter Calisto 50 multirotor drone offering global best performance and features allowing up to 25 kg of payload capacity and multirole capabilities. The Callisto core philosophy is modularity with multiple power options are available, including high energy density battery and series petrol hybrid systems, quick change payloads, advanced ship-based take-off and landing marine capability and long-term maintenance while also being ‘Evergreen’ allowing for both hardware and software upgrades along with the full life of the aircraft. GLOBAL ENERGY TRANSMISSION CORPORATE (GET) is US-based company that has developed a cutting-edge remote energy field rapid battery charging solutions for drone application. The solution enables battery-powered drones to fly forever by safely and quickly recharging while still in flight. Drones simply hover for a few minutes in one of our large wireless charging area produced by GET Wireless Charging Station, which can be installed kilometers apart along flight routes, and inside. GET’s solution elevates drone-driven applications to a new level of autonomy, while providing high utilization of the drones, enhanced security, and all-weather operations. HERON-TECHNOLOGY PTE LTD is headquartered in Singapore, works collaboratively with stakeholders in the unmanned aircraft community to mature regulatory frameworks, and rules and technologies, to allow larger numbers of unmanned aircraft to operate safely and securely in urban environments and complex airspaces. Our solutions are built upon our proprietary AirBridgeTM technologies to provide an independent, customizable, and scalable airspace infrastructure platform for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations. IRIS AUTOMATION is a safety avionics technology company pioneering on- and off-board perception systems that enable our customers to build scalable operations for crewed and uncrewed aircraft; unlocking the potential of countless industries. Iris’ Casia system runs either onboard the aircraft or in a ground-based configuration. We work with Civil Aviation Authorities globally as they ensure Beyond Visual Line of Sight flight (BVLOS) is conducted safely, partnering on multiple FAA ASSURE and BEYOND UAS Integration Programs, and Transport Canada's BVLOS Technology Demonstration Program. Iris’ core products - Casia I and Casia X - integrate with an aircraft, enabling it to detect, classify and avoid crewed intruders that enter the airspace nearby. This allows the Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) to automatically avoid collisions and maintain safe separation when flying BVLOS. Iris’ ground-based detection technology - Casia G - has been built to meet the needs of UAS operators who lack the payload space to carry our onboard detection systems. Casia G could support use-cases like last-mile delivery, perimeter monitoring or construction site inspections, or remote ‘drone in a box’ types of use cases.
JETWIND is a Brazilian company with +7 years of experience in Unmanned Vehicles Engineering, Strategic Projects and Special Services, developers of the RQ-17 ION including the 4.5 m wingspan fixed wing able to assume CTOL and VTOL configurations as well as the Quadrotor variants. The company’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) were designed following the aeronautical industry practices focusing on aerodynamics and functionality what can be translated in efficiency and reliability. Our systems respond to real end users’ requirements making the business feasible in applications that demand long range and long endurance. We keep building a global network of partners willing to contribute with its core business and expertise to develop local and international markets. JETWIND can provide either equipment or services for dual applications (civil and military) transporting cameras, sensors, and cargo.
JUIDA is a well-established Japanese UAS association with over 20,000 members across Japan and collaborating partner with renowned international/national Drone associations. The association focus is to bring together stakeholders in the industry to collaborate on standardization process in the field of education, safety management, technology in commercial and industrial Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). LIKEABIRD is formed to provide nothing but excellence in provision of R&D services, engineering and to resolving clients’ problems. Beginning with proof-of-concept design, our team and technology partners combine systems engineering, software, hardware, and integration technologies to tailor solutions that will meet clients’ unique requirements resulting in a satisfaction guarantee. LikeAbird is an engineering company providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in the field of the unmanned (air/land/sea) and robotic industry. Our products and solutions are aligned with the current and future needs of our customers and address emerging challenges in key areas, such industrial grade radio control systems, and human machine interfaces, wired and wireless VPN IP including 4G/5G and satellite data links, smart power and battery management systems and related services. MANIFEST is brought to you by the same team that created InsureTech Connect, Blueprint, HR Transform and The Future of Logistics Tech Summit. Manifest offers unparalleled access to a comprehensive gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and executives from BCOs/Shippers. The second annual event will bring together over 3,000 executives on January 30 - February 1, 2023, at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas. To learn more about Manifest 2023 and book your ticket please visit https://www.manife.st. NEURON INNOVATION is UK-based start-up founded on the premise that no single organization can bring about the change needed in a complex world of vehicles, currently with a driver on board, but in the future automated, and with a myriad of different sensors to observe them. The problem originates with trust. We need a trusted third-party solution that doesn’t aspire to being a monopoly, but embraces all stakeholders in their ecosystem, and allows them to participate in the decision making of the network they are involved with. This philosophy guides us to unlock the benefits of a decentralized solution for automation and mobility with partner organizations in their respective ecosystem. NORDIC 247© is an innovation-driven Finnish company with cutting edge miniaturized temperature cooling systems to treat the limited/weak power of the cooling capacity. The treatment of airflow of hot and cold air is the key factor. This is protected with a patent. We have developed a cooler with Peltier elements that have a cooling capacity close enough to basic compressor coolers. State-of-the Peltier coolers could only achieve a temperature difference of 10⁰C from ambient (ambient is +21⁰C). We have broken through this boundary and managed almost to double the temperature difference, achieving an inner cooler temperature of +2,9⁰C! With our technology, we can build coolers with 80% fewer parts – a meaningful environmental impact. All parts are recyclable. SAGETECH AVIONICS is a US-based technology company with a global network of partners and customers. Our solutions have been trusted to provide mission-critical situational awareness by the world’s leading defense UAV companies for over a decade. Sagetech developed the world’s first civil micro-transponder and achieved the world’s first certification for a military micro-IFF. Sagetech’s ACAS X-based DAA solutions allow compliance with international airspace regulations, integrating seamlessly with a multitude of traffic sensors and autopilots. SINEPOWER LTD is a Portugal-based power equipment manufacturer that has over 30 years of experience in the field of Power Electronics. we have been designing and manufacturing power electronics equipment for various clients in different markets. We have a strong presence in the aviation sector, mainly on the ground power side, with our best-selling products, SINE33I-SFCs and SINE33GPUs, being used worldwide. Our commitment to a greener economy based on green energy sources and high-efficiency power conversion has been the driver for the development of our fast DC CHARGERS. We developed and manufactured the first Fast DC charger for the RIMAC electric vehicle, and our SINEDCI-EV Chargers have been used in the DAKAR EV trials. The quality of our designs and manufacturing has brought big companies such as SIEMENS to engage in business with us, ultimately leading to the acquisition of our SINEDCI-EV Chargers intellectual property. We are in the midst of an electrical revolution, and we are part of the electrical transformation. SKYE AIR MOBILITY is an Indian company with offices in New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. Skye Air Mobility is a pioneer in cutting edge Drone Delivery technology based out of India, providing applications for various sectors, including state governments, PSUs, the Private sector, Multilateral agencies, NGOs, and Defense, covering various logistical needs. Their current domain expertise comprises Healthcare logistics, Relief Logistics, Food & E-commerce Logistics. We intend to be an active player in UAM (Urban Air Mobility) in the future, where transporting humans through the air daily wouldn’t be a concept anymore. Their vision: To transform, build, and operate futuristic transportation solutions helping humanity achieve a better and sustainable life. Their Mission: To become one of the most preferred entities globally for Drone Delivery services & their applications, keeping the regulatory norms at utmost priority with continuous effort in Research & Development. TRAMIGO LTD is a Finnish company and one of the early pioneers in GPS tracking and IoT connectivity with a global presence since 2002. Tramigo develops and offers complete, easy-to-use, mission-critical tracking solutions for fleet management and valuable assets, which need to be tracked, monitored, and secured. All solutions come with truly global multi-network IoT connectivity covering 700+ networks in 200+ countries, ensuring the best possible coverage in the industry. The solutions are highly customizable and have several industry-unique features to ensure a broad spectrum of use cases, ease of usage, and ultimately peace of mind through ultimate reliability. Tramigo operates globally with sales, support, and operational staff on all continents. TSAW DRONES is an Indian start-up founded in 2019. TSAW drones is a leading Drone Logistics Company having its proprietary technology focused on providing transportations services for the Logistics Industry. We provide end-to-end delivery on demand in the field of First/Last Mile Logistics through drones. Designed as leading-edge Drone Delivery as A Service company, TSAW Drones offer time saving transportation of goods and accurate data for analytics with utmost reliability. TSAW’s competitive edge as a Drone Logistics Company is most evident in the technological expertise that complements our Delivery Operations making them highly economical. We’re one of the very few companies that own both hardware and software expertise. TULPAR LABS is a Turkey based company founded in 2019. Produce automatic drone recovery parachutes to maintain safe environment for drone delivery system for both service suppliers and 3rd parties. Our parachute solutions are being used in more than 20+ countries and counting. With Tulpar Labs Parachute Systems, drone delivery is safer and more sustainable. Also, we’re supplying drone add-ons like winch systems & release mechanisms for drone delivery companies. As an engineering company, Tulpar Labs also develops custom solutions like firefighting, S&R, remote sensor reading etc add-ons for drones VALQARI is a United States-based company that started in 2017. Drones need a standardized, safe, and secure place to land and drop off packages to reach a meaningful scale. Valqari’s solution is our line of Drone Delivery Stations and Drone Mailboxes. Valqari’s patented Drone Delivery Stations serve as a designated area for drones to safely send and receive packages, keeping people, pets, and property away from the potential danger of interacting with the drones. The Valqari System’s vault safely secures multiple packages and can only be opened by authorized users through our proprietary app. The Valqari system provides the most effective and comprehensive “last inch of the last mile” solution, creating an environment for drone delivery to reach maximum potential. VSTREAM REVOLUTION SDN BHD is a Malaysian company specialized in providing Drone/UAV solution for Industrial & Commercial use. We have distribution ship for the most advance Drone/UAV system and payload that can be used for a variety of application. With the best team of drone pilot for service such as Mapping, Inspection & Videography, and others. Our engineers and system design team are focusing on providing the best solution such as Data Processing, Application Development and Training.
UASOLUTIONS is a Swiss based company founded in 2022. The requirements you need to meet as a business to obtain the necessary operating license to fly your drone are often opaque and complex and the risk assessment for flight operations (SORA) requires aviation and technical expertise. UASolutions has the necessary know-how to help you understand the requirements you need to meet and can advise you on how to obtain the necessary operating authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority for your flight operations. UASolutions has a unique expertise in the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) with experience on over 30 operations throughout Europe. The high-quality support in compliance that UASolutions can provide businesses with, will allow you to grow, master the evolving regulation and to remain compliant in the long term.
UNISPHERE GMBH is a German deep tech startup founded in 2017 that is based in Constance, Germany. We develop leading-edge technologies to automate the flight operations of drones and air taxis. By combining digital twin technologies with pilot know-how transferred into software, our Smart 4D Trajectory enables automated flight planning, flight monitoring, and post-flight analytics. The unique software solution supports commercial operators worldwide to scale their flight operations efficiently and safely. UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE, FACULTY OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY In the research theme Energy System Integration we explore and analyze ways to integrate renewable energy in our present energy infrastructure. We want to develop innovative strategies to combine energy carriers such as electricity, heat, gas and fuels for heating and cooling of the built environment and industry, power and water consumption and transportation. The aim is to utilize synergies in the energy system to maximize efficiency, minimize costs, reduce emissions and energy losses. Special attention is given to use hydrogen as a future energy vector and the development of fuel cells and electrolysers for energy applications or to balance the energy grid. UNIVERSITI TENAGA NASIONAL (UNITEN) is a private university wholly-owned by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) that offers academic programmes in the areas of Engineering, Information Technology, Business Management, and other related fields. UNITEN was established by TNB in 1997 with the ultimate goal of providing professional manpower to the country especially to the industry. Over the two decades after its inception, UNITEN has found some footing in global prominence with commendable recognition locally and internationally. UNITEN not only prepares its graduates to become knowledgeable and competent professionals but also develops them as well-rounded individuals with broad intellectual outlooks. Though relatively new as a university, UNITEN is moving rapidly towards establishing itself as the regional centre of educational excellence. The support and commitment it receives from its holding company, TNB, has enabled it to accelerate the infrastructure development of the campus. UNITEN R & D Sdn. Bhd. (URND) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) that was established on 18 November 2008. URND provides a platform for research and development, technology transfer and intellectual property management activities involving academics and industries to harness the next-generation technologies in order to catalyse dynamic, excellent and productive research in the country. URND is an approved Research and Development Status company by the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) under Section 34B, of the Income Tax Act, 1967. Apart from that, URND is also a registered consulting company under the Ministry of Finance (MOF). The establishment of URND indicates UNITEN’s capability in assisting relevant industries in research areas that UNITEN has identified as its forte as well as high impact areas in order to achieve their goals and compete in economic globalisation. URND aims to explore niche areas of Energy-related research which are Sustainable Clean Energy, Power & Energy Services Convergence, Energy Social Sustainability, Energy Infrastructure, and Computing and Informatics in Energy. UNITEN-URND has five (5) Research Institutes and more than 30 Research Centres spearheaded by lecturers who are experts in their own areas.