MIDRONE – Advanced Manufacturing Technologies to enable Intelligent DRONE delivery
- Funding Body
Enterprise Ireland DTIF
- Project Partners
ÉireComposites and Manna, and the National University of Ireland Galway
- Principal Investigators
- Project Manager
- Research Area
The MIDRONE project will address consumer demand for fast, reliable, last-mile delivery. At full-scale deployment, the MIDRONE technology targets a delivery-cost reduction of 80% and a cost-per-delivery of €1, coupled with a 3-minute delivery time within a 2kms radius.
The project will also achieve significant positive impacts in terms of industry/Irish competitiveness, scalable company growth in revenue & jobs, and a wide array of performance & environmental benefits, including avoiding the emission of 7,400,000kgs of CO2. MIDRONE will be implemented by 2 SMEs, ÉireComposites and Manna, and the National University of Ireland Galway.
The overarching aim of the MIDRONE project is to support the disruption of the last-mile delivery business enabling faster and cheaper delivery times for consumers whilst lowering emissions, congestion and road traffic accidents.
WP1: Project Management
WP2: Development of novel automated manufacturing processes and a design for a lightweight drone airframe
WP3: Demonstrator airframe trials
WP4: Manufacture of the full-scale lightweight airframe
WP5: Operational trials & regulatory compliance
WP6: Commercialisation (dissemination and exploitation) and communication activities