Singapore: Airbus Helicopters (Airbus) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Proof-of-Concept Trials, named the Skyways Project, in Singapore.
The MOU was signed between Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice-President, Engineering, Airbus Helicopters and Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS at the side lines of Singapore Air Show.
The Skyways Experimentation Project aims to develop an airborne infrastructure solution to address the sustainability and efficiency of parcel delivery business in large urban environments (“last mile” delivery). This infrastructure will be operated as an integrated system that comprises the following main components: safe and secure aerial corridors, Unmanned Aircraft (UA), operation management system of the UA fleet, automated parcel stations, as well as overall communication system.
This project covers two separate UAS trials which will be implemented in two phases. Airbus has begun work with the National University of Singapore (NUS) on the planning and development of the first trial. It entails the establishment of a parcel stations network on NUS campus. This network will enable users to send important and urgent items such as documents via an UAS to other parts of the campus. It also serves as a supply and distribution interface for suppliers across Singapore to deliver their goods via UAS to customers across the NUS campus.
Following the success of the first trial, the project may extend to a second trial. This will cover delivery of goods such as urgent medicine, oil samples and spare electronic parts from a parcel station located at the Singapore coast to ships anchored at bay.
Airbus intends to set up a Special Purpose Company in Singapore to conduct the Skyways Project and to prepare for the next steps. Commercialisation plans that might be derived from the project will be executed from Singapore with Singapore as the Asia Pacific headquarters for this business.