This article was originally published in Unmanned Vehicles by Richard Thomas on April 10, 2019
US-based unmanned systems provider Volans-I will begin performing visual line-of-site package delivery flights trials in Singapore at the end of April, as part of the Future Flight consortium which is embarking on the two- year project with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
Volans-i opened its Singapore office in 2017 as part of a wider effort to expand into the region. Showcasing its range of unmanned systems in Asia for the first time, the company will initially use multirotor UAS for phase one of the project, before transitioning at a later date to the larger C-10 VTOL platform.
Wesley Guangyuan Zheng, founder of Volans-i, told Shephard that the company had ‘a lot of interest’ in its platforms and was looking to expand into the Southeast Asia market.
‘We have a two-year project doing beyond visual line-of-sight delivery, which started last year,’ said Zheng, which will see the delivery of medical supplies to hospitals.
The Singapore project was described as a ‘demonstration of the concept’ to the markets in Southeast Asia while the company’s production line was at ‘full capacity’, Zheng added.
Additionally, Volans-i has undertaken a range of programmes worldwide, including humanitarian applications in Puerto Rico for the delivery of medical supplies, to transporting components and parts to heavy industry in Africa.
The C-10 is described by the company as an industrial electric VTOL aircraft, capable of lifting up to 5kg in payload with an endurance of up to one hour. The VTOL capability provides operational flexibility for defence, logistics and heavy industry applications.
The system in 2018 also performed a take-off and landing from a moving barge in the US, a platform first.