Electrification ChaLlenge for AIRcraft (ECLAIR) Consortium held an Open Forum in 2018/12. Electrification has been advanced in Aviation industry. Japanese companies aim to expand business in mid-small passenger aircrafts, whose replacement timing would be around year 2030. Since time line of design, test, verification and certification of passenger aircrafts is long enough, so that the market window is coming very soon.
IoT & SoC
Attended “Aerial Robots” session of the annual event of The Robotics Society of Japan held in 2018/ Sep. Tokushima University and Defense University presented VTOL designs. ArduPilot and PX4 are the choose of autopilot.The number of research papers with regard to AI or Deep Learning increased.
I presented my custom made quadcopter with UAVCAN at the research result presentation day in 2018/ July. A communication bus called “CAN” is often used inside automobile. There is a community in Europe and America to utilize CAN bus for drone design, which is called UAVCAN”. My first step is to replace ESC’s (motor controller) from conventional PWM signals to UAVCAN on F450 quadcopter I made. This work was the following-on effort after ArduPilot Japan educational class works held in 2017/ Spring.
I traveled to Las Vegas in 2017/Sep to attend the InterDrone Exhibition and Seminars. Nearly 190 companies showed up and they mainly presented industrial application of UAV/ UAS/ drones. Growing application area spans to Aerial Photo taking, Survey and mapping, Construction, Infrastructure inspection, Precision agriculture and Realtor.
Here are examples of popular development IoT boards with SoC embedded.
Raspberry Pi and Edison