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Precise and reliable autonomous landing for drones, helicopters and other rotorcraft

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€71 429
EU Contribution
€50 000
Project Acronym
LOLAS
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Safety/Security
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Landing has always been one of the most dangerous flight phases for any aircraft, but particularly so for rotorcraft (drones, helicopters & other). Challenging weather conditions only increase the likelihood of an accident. 33% of accidents for helicopters take place during approach & landing. 43% of them take place in poor visibility or in bad weather . These accidents lead to injuries of people (both inside the aircraft & on the ground) as well as to hull damage & losses.

Objectives

We have designed & patented the local landing system (LOLAS)—a novel solution that allows safe landing of drones & helicopters in challenging conditions, such as bad weather or a moving platform.

We have been successful in beta sales of LOLAS to early adopters in the aerospace & defence industries, generating €280,000+ in revenues. Our current sales pipeline is worth €60,000+. We have major industry players in the EU, US and other countries signed as customers & an extensive pipeline.
We have a solution that can be commercialized today with the existing drones & in the mid-to-long term with helicopters. It is future-proof: we are targeting the new market of urban air transportation that is forecasted to reach €4bn by 2022.

We are aiming to complete 3 LOLAS product variants by 2021, launch to helicopter market & reach €15m in revenues (75+ FTEs) by 2023.

Funding

Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs
H2020-EU.3. - PRIORITY 'Societal challenges
H2020-EU.2.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies
Other Programme
EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020 - SME instrument

Partners

Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€50 000

Technologies

Technology Theme
Aircraft design and manufacturing
Technology
Vertical take-off and landing personal aerial vehicle
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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