SAS will again feature Friday evening Theme Dinners with three engaging topics to choose from. Please join us on Friday 4/21 for lively discussion. These dinners are a great opportunity to connect with speakers and leaders in the field.
Theme Dinner Topics:
Aeronautics – Airframe, Performance, Autonomous Systems
Energy – Batteries, Fuel Cells & Hydrogen, Lightweight Solar for Aviation
Motors – Wheel Motors, Prop Motors, Fast Actuators
Hermes™: High Energy Rechargeable Metal Cells for Space” SolidEnergy is introducing the lightest rechargeable battery the world has ever seen. Independently verified repeatedly by customers, Hermes™ has already demonstrated over 450Wh/kg and has a roadmap to exceed 500Wh/kg by end of 2017. SolidEnergy is currently producing Hermes™ at its state-of-the-art pilot facility in Woburn, MA at 5000 cells per month. Hermes™ will enable applications such as high altitude drones providing free and open access to internet and education to children... Read More
Using electric-latching-platform cars for runway operations enables extremely-short takeoff or landing (ESTOL) capability for long-range electric fixed-wing aircraft between low-noise highly-localized RST skyparks. This concept means short runways, less landing gear weight, and future integration into last-mile connections with street-or-air transport pods. This technology could be significantly advantageous in the development of practical V/ESTOL aircraft urban transit solutions.
APSARA (Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply Actions) are biodegradable gliders designed for one-time use in resupply missions in regions with insufficient infrastructure to support other cargo. Made of a mycelium-based material, the APSARAs are designed to flat-pack until needed, capable of 1-10kg payloads and to land accurately yet have a moderate range. One potential use case might be transporting batteries and medical supplies to sites of contagious outbreak, where it may be inadvisable to send human couriers, or in other... Read More