In the aviation sector, technological development is being carried out in order to enhance economic efficiency, safety and efficiency of aircraft such as environment friendly, unmanned and miniaturized.
Development of eco-friendly technologies such as development of electric power propulsion and improvement of aerodynamic design is underway in order to reduce exhaust gas and noise in accordance with strengthened environmental regulations. Efficiency and safety improvement are being promoted through improvement of navigation technology.
Especially, utilization of UAV and UAV management research are expanding as future core fields of aviation.
The UAV, which was developed and used for military purposes, is rapidly expanding into the public sector, such as telecommunications relay, ground observation, and aerial photographing.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are also rapidly expanding to private sector such as traffic, logistics, structure, communication, aerial photography, agriculture and surveillance as demands are rising.
UAV is expected to lead the growth of the aviation market in the future. According to the research, the market for unmanned aerial vehicles will increase to US$12.5 billion in2023, with the civilian market reaching US$880 million, an average of 35 percent a year respectively.
The unmanned aerial vehicle market has been dominated by the developed countries in the aviation sector, but the technology companies entering the market are changing into a fierce competition structure.
Recently, there has been a sharp increase in the number of Chinese UAVs, and IT companies such as Google and Amazon have been competing in a hot market, starting with a niche market using miniature drones.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China on September 1st announced the opening of country’s first test-flight base for civilian drones in Shanghai. The base, located in the district of Qingpu, will provide service to thousands of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in a country where private drones have become very popular. Drones in China are required to fly at a height below 150 meters and all test flights to be monitored for safety reasons to avoid obstructing air operations.
According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of China, there’re over 120,000 registered drones in the country. China has approximately 500 drone manufacturers, controlling almost 70 percent of market share. The use of UAV, initially used in videography, for recreational purposes, security and agriculture, has expanded dramatically.
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Unique Aero-Tech Corporation’s tolt-rotor UAS
Credit: Unique Aero-Tech Corporation
Urban aerial surveillance capabilities are already seen as a crucial element in the information mosaic required for any smart city of the future, as can be seen from a ZTE’s presentation at the TM Forum Smart City in Focus Conference in Yinchuan (China) last week, showing of an Unmanned Aerial System that has been purpose-built for the task based around quite groundbreaking capabilities.
This event has brought together over 800 C-level executives and government officials from across the global smart city ecosystem and explored the latest technology innovation. Tilt-rotor aircraft offer the efficiencies and speed of a fixed-wing aircraft combined with the virtues of a helicopter: vertical-take-off and landing and the ability to hover and monitor from an aerial vantage point.
Shanghai UVS Intelligence System’s U650 amphibious drone
Shanghai UVS Intelligence System is set to become the first company in the world to bring to market a commercial drone that’s able to take off and land on water. It says the roughly 20-foot long unmanned seaplane, known as the U650, could be used by businesses and the military.
The U650 drones should be rolling off factory production lines in Shanghai by the end of the year, a company spokeswoman said. That would put UVS ahead of other firms that have developed amphibious drones but haven’t yet moved beyond prototypes into production, according to analysts.
The U650 can stay in the air for up to 15 hours, flying as far as 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles), according to the company. But heavy cargoes will reduce those numbers.
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