CASCADE Kick-off Event

CASCADE Kick-off Event – 04/07/2018

The University of Southampton hosted the CASCADE Kick-off event on the 4th of July 2018.

The event started with an introduction to the Industrial Steering Board members followed by a brief overview of the CASCADE project plan and objectives. A poster session and the subsequent discussion gave the guests the opportunity to learn more about the proposed case studies, and to provide suggestions and feedback to the CASCADE team. During the afternoon session, potential collaborations with the U.S.-based Centre for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the NESTA Flying High Challenge were discussed.

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Finally, the Industry Steering Board together with a panel of expert guests and the CASCADE team participated in a “landscape mapping exercise”. This was an attempt to capture the experts’ opinion about some key unmanned aerial systems topics.

In particular, each participant was asked to rank in order of importance the answers to the following questions. Each participant could vote three times per question. A weighting factor of [8,4,2] was applied to the first, second and third answer, respectively.

The questions and the results were the following.

1)  What are the most urgent topics to consider?

A.     How will a supply chain predominantly focused on hobby market adapt to meet industrial requirements?

B.      What will the split between fleet operators and unique/private operators be?

C.      How will regulations need to change in the next 5 years?

D.     How will drone paths be implemented?

E.      Overcoming battery chemistry limitations through aerial recharging.

F.      Dynamic tasking and re-tasking of multi-asset (drone + sensors).

G.     Focus research on gaps left by industry activities.

H.     Electronic conspicuity. Trade-offs between satellite-based (GPS) and terrestrial-based navigation (RPS).

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2) Where do we think the main benefits to the UK will be on a 5-10 year horizon for society, employers, systems developers/operators, supply chain etc.?

(First version of this question interpreted this as what areas need to be tackled first?)

A.     Aerial photography for journalism and media.

B.      Express shipping and delivery / cargo transport.

C.      Emergency and disaster response, search and rescue operations.

D.     Geographic mapping of inaccessible terrain and locations.

E.      Infrastructure safety inspections and maintenance.

F.      Precision crop management.

G.     Law enforcement and border control surveillance.

H.     Meteorology and environmental surveillance.

I.        Telecommunications.

J.        Others…

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3) Where do we think the main benefits to the UK will be on a 5-10 year horizon for society, employers, systems developers/operators, supply chain etc.?

(Second version of this question was to identify the biggest potential)

A.     Aerial photography for journalism and media.

B.      Express shipping and delivery / cargo transport.

C.      Emergency and disaster response, search and rescue operations.

D.     Geographic mapping of inaccessible terrain and locations.

E.      Infrastructure safety inspections and maintenance.

F.      Precision crop management.

G.     Law enforcement and border control surveillance.

H.     Meteorology and environmental surveillance.

I.        Telecommunications.

J.        Others…

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What is the relative importance of…

A.    Shared airspace for manned and unmanned air-traffic in the near future.

B.     Research into noise mitigation.

C.     The need for dedicated command and control frequencies.

D.    Dedicated drone corridors.

E.     Better overall system reliability.

F.      Better system safety prediction.

G.    Detect and avoid technology and deployment.

H.    A vibrant, supportive and low cost insurance market.

I.        Progress in regulations and procedures (Licensing/ Approvals etc).

J.       USPACE procedures and tools.

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