Aviation Climate Taskforce | October 28, 2021
Global airline leaders, including Air Canada, Air France-KLM, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines Co., United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic, together with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), announce the formation of the Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT)–a new non-profit organization founded to accelerate breakthroughs in emerging technologies to decarbonize aviation.
While aviation currently only contributes around 2-3% on average of global carbon dioxide emissions annually, the number could rise to 20% by 2050 if no action is taken. Aviation is a hard-to-abate sector where dramatically reducing emissions is challenging, and breakthrough innovations are required to help the sector reach net zero.
ACT will stimulate innovation in the next generation of technologies. The majority of its focus will be on critical medium-term solutions, such as synthetic fuel and direct air capture. Over time, the portfolio will expand to include more near-term solutions, such as emerging bio-based Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) pathways, as well as long-term solutions, such as hydrogen technologies. ACT's mission will be supported by two pillars: an Innovation Network and a Collaboration Forum.
ACT's Innovation Network will accelerate technological breakthroughs by focusing on early-stage research. ACT will use proven tools to map the vast amount of research across the ecosystem. With a clear view of the existing networks of innovations available, ACT will provide grant funding and host innovation challenges in order to stimulate new patterns of collaboration and research.
The Collaboration Forum will support the Innovation Network by identifying other ways to jointly reduce carbon emissions, such as expediting the adoption and scale-up of next generation technologies through engagement with experts and thought leaders.
In the future, ACT intends to launch an Investment Fund, in which members and other third parties may participate. The Investment Fund will provide capital to rapidly scale-up emerging technologies that have the potential to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of air travel.
Over the course of its first year, ACT will concentrate on selecting focus areas within these technologies and setting up the Innovation Network. ACT will welcome additional airlines and participants from across the aviation sector, and more information can be found on its website. ACT will be sharing further details in the coming months.
ACT and its founding members would like to acknowledge the support and assistance of the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in developing ACT's legal and constitutional framework.
About the Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT)
The Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT) is a non-profit coalition focused on accelerating breakthroughs in emerging technology to drive the decarbonization of the aviation sector. ACT will support the advancement of emerging technologies through two key pillars, an Innovation Network and Collaboration Forum. The Innovation Network will use proven tools to pinpoint collaboration opportunities across the ecosystem, and provide grant funding as well as utilize challenge platforms to tackle critical barriers from novel angels. The Collaboration Forum will identify other ways to expedite the adoption and scale-up of next generation technologies. ACT was founded in 2021 by leading global airlines in conjunction with The Boston Consulting Group.
Iris Automation | April 21, 2021
Casia® X, Iris Automation's onboard multi-camera detect and avoid (DAA) system, will be ready for shipment on May 21, 2021. Casia X is the only option for commercial drones and unmanned aircraft that uses computer vision technologies to have a complete 360° radial tracking capability. Casia X, formerly known as Casia 360, is an extension of the Casia product line that provides some major improvements: -
• Based on almost 16,000 total real-world manned aircraft encounter flight experiments, the probability of detection performance was increased by 7%, with a 12X reduction in false detections.
• Increased average system uptime due to improved software reliability.
• A modern architecture that will support camera configurations ranging from one to six units to provide weight and field of view flexibility.
• Visual aircraft encounter replay tooling and log files to assist in the analysis of detections and air risk.
Casia is also being tested as part of a global civil aviation authority program, including the FAA's BEYOND initiative, which aims to advance complex BVLOS UAS operations in the US National Airspace System. Iris has so far collaborated with four lead participants as part of the BEYOND Program: the City of Reno, the Kansas Transportation department, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (ACUASI), and the Choctaw Nation. Iris had previously collaborated with both of these key players in the FAA's UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP), which ended in October 2020.
Iris Automation is dedicated to improving critical detection technologies and collaborating with global policymakers and regulators to establish effective BVLOS safety standards.
The first Casia X shipments will be prioritized for pre-ordered customers. Reservations for limited output slots are still open. Iris will hold a question-and-answer session about Casia X's production availability on April 29th, 11:00 a.m. PT.
About Iris Automation
Iris Automation is a safety avionics technology company that pioneers Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) systems and aviation policy services that empower customers to develop scalable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for commercial drones, unlocking the capacity of numerous industries. Iris' DAA system operates entirely onboard the aircraft, enabling it to travel safely over long distances with no human intervention. They collaborate with civil aviation authorities around the world to develop regulatory mechanisms that ensure BVLOS operations are secure, including several FAA BEYOND UAS Integration Programs and Transport Canada's BVLOS Technology Demonstration Program. Iris is recognized by AUVSI as the number one Technology and Innovation Leader for 2020.
EPC Space | September 16, 2020
To support its accelerating growth in the defense and aerospace markets, EPC Space is proud to announce the appointment of Spirit Electronics as a distribution partner focusing on these key market segments. Spirit Electronics, in operation since 1979 and located in Phoenix, Arizona and Irvine, California, supplies products and services to the Department of Defense, aerospace, and telecommunication industries.