Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) designs and operates high performance Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) to deliver payloads between depots and warehouses. The DDC engineering department is looking to design and deploy a ground-based system to track and point at the Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPAV) during flight in real-time.
The remote First Nations communities of Canada suffer from a dire lack of access to emergency response systems and services during times of crises. They lack access to life-saving services such as paramedics, 911 services, and search and rescue services due to their geographic isolation. This often puts them in grave danger and results in loss of lives.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones) constitute a sector of the Canadian aerospace industry that is growing very rapidly. Because there is a broad range of applications for drones, there is also a wide variety of drone configurations. This, coupled with the small size of drones, leads to a scarcity of convenient rules-of-thumb and guidelines for the design of drone structures. In addition, because of the small size of drones, small reductions in the mass of a drone structure lead to relatively large proportional increases in drone payload.
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