Tellumat launched first full unmanned aerial system at AAD 2018

Tellumat launched ASTUS, its first complete unmanned aerial system (UAS), at the 2018 Africa Aerospace & Defence Expo. Market need With unmanned aerial system (UAS) demand taking off worldwide, the ASTUS addresses an extensive need for high-end UAS performance in a compact, cost-effective package. As a medium-size, medium-range tactical surveillance UAS, it is suitable for…

Innovation is alive and well in SA

On 13-14 September 2018, 10 years after the first South African Innovation Summit (SAIS), the event again showcased some of the country’s most exciting new innovations, drawing vital commercial investment and political support with their potential to help kickstart growth in our recovering economy. Leading fixture The SAIS, a collaboration between industry, government and academia,…

Putting pollution to work

          Someone just filled up their commercial airliner with low-carbon recycled industrial waste gas and flew it across the Atlantic. That someone is Sir Richard Branson – or rather, Virgin Atlantic – the airline he is still Chairman of. The day was 4 October 2018, the plane a Boeing 747 on…

Communication considerations for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) (Part 2) *

The first part of this article (Engenuity, July 2018) covered existing industry applications for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communication links and the technological advancements driving solution implementation. In this second part, we consider lower-level system requirements for UAV communication links (or “datalinks”), driven on the whole by a range of aircraft platform characteristics, ground system…

‘Springbots’ finish 6th in World Robotic Olympics but win gold and break world record

A team of young South Africans has taken the 2018 World Robotic Olympics by storm, returning home with a world record, gold medal and sixth overall ranking out of 175 countries. Organised by US-based FIRST Global, the World Robotic Olympics stages a series of robotics challenges in Olympic-style format “designed to ignite a passion for…

Super-thin, super-strong, super-hard to harness. Until now.

 An aerospace engineering team from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) has unveiled Juno, the first ever aircraft covered with a graphene skin. The enormous significance of this development is locked up in the near-miraculous properties of graphene and the previously unsolved problems of harnessing them – based in turn on the difficulty of producing sufficient…