RI Man Shares In “Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge” Prize
” Airbus Group SE and Local Motors Inc. announced during a ceremony held at the Farnborough International Airshow the winners of the “Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge ”, a co-creation competition for the next generation of commercial drones, which both companies launched in April.
The five winners were respectively: Alexey Medvedev from Omsk in Russia; Harvest Zhang from Mountain View in California, US; Dominik Felix Finger from Aachen in Germany; Finn Yonkers from North Kingstown, Rhode Island, US; and Frederic Le Sciellour from Pont De L’Arn in France. They will share an overall prize pool of well over US $100,000.”
” This new approach to design a commercial drone that integrates innovative ideas from a large community permits Airbus to experience new ways to develop more quickly. It also allows that future customer’s specific expectations and requirements are considered from the first design phases onwards. Speed is essential in the development of commercial drones to match this growing market and the Airbus teams were able to draw important lessons learnt from this co- creation process.
“ This is exactly what I hoped for when we kicked off our cooperation with Local Motors early this year. It is a totally different way of capturing innovation and ideas and represents our next generation,” said Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders. “I am truly impressed by the results and congratulate our winners. The ideas show an outstanding mix of passion, imagination, innovation and ingenuity. I am optimistic that some of these ideas could find their way into future industrial programmes at Airbus and represent a new, bold step forward in the era of unmanned flight.” “