Driverless cars may be following the same trajectory as the jetpack

Are Driverless Cars Going the Way of the Jetpack?

When jetpacks were revealed in 1961, they captured everyone’s imagination. Famous biochemist, Isaac Asimov, predicted that jetpacks would be ‘as common as a bicycle’ by the year 2000. There are many reasons why recreational jetpacks failed to make it to mass market, primarily safety concerns and cost. Are driverless cars facing a similar fate? The…

DeSIRE II project

Satellites Driven by DeSIRE

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Defence Agency (EDA) have funded two consecutive projects called DeSIRE, in 2013, and DeSIRE II (Demonstration of Satellites enabling the Insertion of RPAS in Europe), in 2015, to examine how drones might operate within controlled airspace when controlled by satellites for commercial and governmental applications. To undertake…

Unmanned traffic management systems

UTM in the Wilds

“I don’t see how he can ever finish, if he doesn’t begin.” Alice thought to herself that unmanned traffic management should be easy, so she checked several countries that are beginning and this is what she found. In the Asia/Pacific region, there is practical experimentation but a willingness to standardise, Russia is ploughing its own…

Learnings from Uber Elevate Summit

Uberecstacy

The 2019 Uber Elevate Summit in Washington DC, highlighted innovations in the emerging electric powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) and urban air mobility (UAM) markets. The market for drone taxis is both technologically exciting and potentially useful. As a drone and monorail enthusiast, I wish the very best developmental and utilisation outcomes for both.…

Inmatsat UAV Pop Up

Summary of Inmarsat’s Pop-Up UAV Lab

Authors: Joshua Flood and David Whelan On Thursday 30th of May 2019, we attended an Inmarsat Pop-Up UAV Lab at the firm’s Old Street headquarters. Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, provided an introduction to the changing dynamics and use cases for aerial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and noted down several significant developments of the technology.…

Ehang 184 landing

Fly Low Sweet Chariot

The majority of drone marketing reports have been quite remiss in devoting little space to the discussion of the development of drone taxis. Indeed, the 2016 Valour Consultancy report only mentions the Ehang 184 in the section devoted to that company and only mentions the Urban Aeronautics AirMule in passing but in April 2017 the…