Researching innovative solutions for drone operations and applications
U-Flyte is a strategic research partnership, coordinated by Maynooth University and funded by Science Foundation Ireland, together with key industry collaborators including Airbus, Irelandia Aviation and INTEL. The project was launched in March 2018 in Waterford Airport by Maynooth University, SFI and industry partners.
This SFI partnership will tackle the current global bottleneck impeding the wider development of drone operations and roll-out of commercial services. The R&D work-plan is based around researching a series of inter-connected work-packages that deal with investigating, building and testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic-Management (UTM), underpinned by a 3D drone airspace model (U-Space).
UTM operations will be tested around Waterford airport using drones and Air Traffic Control (ATC) as well as selected mobile locations across Ireland. Drone services, based on rapid wide-area mapping, dynamic feature-tracking in drone video clips and package drop-off/pick-up, will be developed and tested using real-world end-use case scenarios.
Some of the U-Flyte team members went to visit a primary school as part of SFI Science Week to introduce the children to drones and their applications in the wider world.
Members of the U-Flyte team presented at the INFOMAR Seminar 2018 in Kinsale on November 9th on "Recent developments in Autonomous Drones: Sensor Technologies, Operations & Applications".
U-Flyte had a stand at the Atlantic Ireland conference on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October. Lots of interesting discussions about applications of drones to marine observations and monitoring!