Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Skye (Redefining Drone Safety and Autonomous Operation for Indoor Commercial Applications)
Reporting period: 2018-12-01 to 2019-03-31
Therefore, the objective of the ARcopter project are to deliver a commercial UAV platform capable of:
• Increased flight times (up to 150 min) thanks to the decreased power demand for propulsion, as most of the lift is generated passively thanks to the buoyancy of the helium-filled hull.
• Excellent operational safety and minimal noise pollution, as even in the case of full system shutdown, Skye will harmlessly float down to the ground, thanks to the passive aerostatic lift ensured by its leak-resistant hull.
• Autonomous operations, in increasing demand in the drone market but until now only carried out for outdoor applications. Using Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) for a proprietary positioning system, our autonomous system is ideal for indoor use, where global positioning systems lose reliability.
From the commercial point of view, we have analysed the commercial environment surrounding our innovation, including varied market studies, intellectual property status, regulatory environment, a PESTEL analysis, identification of market barriers and a hazard analysis and mitigation plan. A business plan was created based on the information coming from such assessment.
Additionally, we have defined current and prospective strategic partners regarding suppliers, distributors and clients, concluding that we need to work our value chain when shifting to new market segments.
Finally, we have confirmed the financial feasibility of SKYE project, after a deep analyse that includes growth predictions in 3 different scenarios up to 2026.