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Airbus Launches Cargo Drone Challenge

Discussion in 'Commercial sUAS Remote Pilots Discussions' started by nathan, May 22, 2016.

  1. nathan

    nathan Administrator Staff Member

    May 5, 2015
    Posted by nathan, May 22, 2016 #1
    Local Motors is a Phoenix, Arizona-based car manufacturer who made world history by being the first company to produce a 3D printed car is now partnering with none other than Airbus to launch a “worldwide co-creation challenge” to advance commercial drone technology.

    The challenge invites professionals and amateurs alike to innovate and design the “next generation of commercial drone technology.” It was inspired, the creators say, by the need to more efficiently transport medical supplies to remote areas.

    “As Local Motors and Airbus Group progress in this challenge, we expect our co-creation community to deliver the kind of amazing ideas that helped us build the world’s first co-created vehicle and 3D-printed car. As we harness the power of the crowd, Airbus will have the ability to iterate on commercial drones faster than ever before. This will be a much-needed shot in the arm for civil drone development,” said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers.

    The challenge is comprised of several co-creation motivating activities, open source projects, online competitions, and hackathons. In the first phase of the Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge, its leaders hope to advance Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) drone technology. VTOL is crucial, as it combines the advantages of vertical take-off and landing – thus allowing for operation in difficult terrain without requiring a landing strip – with fixed-wing forward flight, which is more efficient than traditional helicopter designs.

    This stage will run until 5 June, 2016, when prizes from an allotted pot of $117,500 will be awarded to the winners. The winning designs will be incorporated into Airbus’ own industrial programme.

    “The Challenge initiative is really exciting and we are eager to see how the power of co-creation can accelerate new, innovative thinking around commercial drones,” said Jana Rosenmann, Head of Unmanned Aerial Systems within Airbus Group.


  2. Spitfire76

    Spitfire76 Member

    Feb 5, 2016
    Roseville, California
    Posted by Spitfire76, May 23, 2016 #2
    This was my entry. Not expecting it to win any prizes though but thought it would be interesting to attempt such a design. Not having any experience in aeronautical engineering or CAD did not help but I learnt a lot along the way.

  3. violetwolf

    violetwolf Member

    Apr 9, 2013
    Posted by violetwolf, May 23, 2016 #3
    As an engineer these " challenges " always smack of "free labor" to me. Airbus makes millions and you get a pat on the shoulder. Talk to a patent lawyer before submitting anything ;)

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