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Autonomous rapid response drone delivery system that services remote locations and or time critical events utilizing an automated ground processing station
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UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)
This innovation contributes to the following SDG(s)
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

The UN explains: "Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure."

The EU-funded Research Project
This innovation was developed under the Horizon 2020 project AIRCARRUS with an end date of 31/10/2019
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Description of Project AIRCARRUS
Aircarrus is an autonomous rapid response drone delivery system that services remote locations and or time critical events utilizing an automated ground processing station . The system is completely autonomous and requires no ground operators to launch or retrieve the delivery drone. The drone is operated through the Cloud on a GSM mobile network using our proprietary Dbotix autopilot. The drone is charged using a series of jump stations that allow it to travel long distances and load cargo automatically. AERDRON aims to study the feasibility of upgrading and adapting our existing delivery drone HL4 Herculift to increase its range and automate the charging and payload loading systems. AERDRON will also study the feasibility of using off the grid jump stations powered only by renewable green energy systems (solar/wind) to service areas with limited infrastructure. The Aircarrus project plans to leverage existing EU Commission technology programs from the Galileo GPS to the SESAR U-Space network.

Innnovation Radar's analysis of this innovation is based on data collected on 07/01/2020.
The unique id of this innovation in the European Commission's IT systems is: 18926