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The whole world in April remembers Yuri Gagarin and the first flight into space. After overcoming the earth’s gravity, the person continues to explore the universe. Techniques are evolving and the opportunities for this are increasing every year. Leading metropolitan companies also contribute to the development of the aviation industry. And they get help from the Moscow Innovation Cluster. On the platform, new developments find support from the city, as well as investors, customers and like-minded people.

Companies in the capital produce drones that can deliver heavy loads and keep track of goods in stock, design ultralight rockets and study the environment from space. We are talking about interesting projects supported by the Moscow Innovation Cluster.

View from space

In 2020, the company became a member of the cluster Success rockets. It is engaged in the collection and analysis of space data. With the help of satellites, it is easier to track many processes. For example, it is possible to predict natural disasters and react quickly to them, monitor the environmental situation and look for minerals and develop agribusiness. In the future, space images are planned to be processed using artificial intelligence.

The company has developed its own ultralight missiles. Although from an ordinary person’s point of view it is not so easy to call them ultralight – the weight of the lightest rocket is 34 tons. They can be used to launch small vehicles into outer space for meteorological research, test different systems in space and other scientific research. The manufacturer has already performed a test run.

In addition, the company manufactures satellite platforms for small spacecraft, constellations of satellites for data transmission, as well as spacecraft that can deliver small spacecraft from a reference orbit to higher.

“We collaborate with the Moscow Innovation Cluster in several areas. We have access to support measures from the city – from grants to help finding offices and industrial premises as well as information and structural support. Plus, with the help of the cluster, we are now working on the issue of our placement in Vorobyovy Gory’s innovative scientific and technical center at Moscow State University, ”added Oleg Mansurov.

Transport without pilots

Modern technology facilitates human work, a living example is unmanned vehicles. So the company “Alet” develops drones carrying cargo weighing up to 600 kilos over long distances, even in hard-to-reach areas. At the same time, the speed of the drone is close to the speed of a helicopter (on average more than 200 kilometers per hour).

Drones can help a person in his regular work. Thus, UVL Robotics has been developed drones to count layers in a layer. Companies make regular inventories not only for accounting purposes, but also to understand how much goods they have left. This usually takes a lot of time and money, as the warehouse must be closed throughout the bill (it is impossible to receive and give away products).

People can be wrong, then the calculation will be wrong. In addition, many warehouses use shelves up to 20 meters high. Only a person with special education can climb there. For companies, this is a new cost and risk.

Contractors offer to count on drones. Drones fly around places, scan the pallet markings and process the information and then send it to the ground station. The drone can also take pictures of each stool. It is convenient, fast and secure. By comparison, it will take about three days and 30 people to inventory a warehouse where 20,000 pallets are stored. And with the help of six drones, you can do it in three hours.

Drones for inventory are already used by the largest companies in Russia and abroad. In the future, developers want to teach drones computer vision so that they can not only evaluate a stool through markings, but also see what is stored on it.

Another company is engaged in flying units – a member of the Moscow Innovation Cluster – Hover. Entrepreneurs created air taxiwhich can lift two people in the air (total weight should not exceed 300 kilos).

Externally, the device only resembles a car from a distance, more like a futuristic light aircraft. A flying taxi can accelerate up to 200 kilometers per hour. The flight is controlled by a computer, which itself monitors safety. Passengers sit in Kevlar seats and are protected by a special outer frame, and in the event of an accident there is a parachute that safely lowers the car together with people to the ground. The company has already conducted a series of tests at the Small Sports Arena in Luzhniki.

Momentum for development

For the development of the drone market, their flights must be regular and safe, including for helicopters and aircraft that will share airspace with them. This will be possible only after the creation of an information support system for unmanned flights. The company “Astra” is engaged in the implementation of such a project.

For helicopters and aircraft, there is an air traffic control system. In fact, the drone system will be its “little brother”. The system will make it possible to establish a roadmap, document, automatically track the location of drones and correct their route if necessary. Drones will be able to fly legally and safely at altitudes of up to 100 meters and up to three thousand meters, even where there is no network (LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi). According to the authors of the project, this will be provided by ground and onboard modules, including those using Russian satellite communications.

While the project is in active development, the basic services and the first prototype will appear before the end of the year. The authors hope that the Moscow Innovation Cluster will help find developers of drones and drone services. This will help understand their requirements and needs and take them into account when creating a system.

The city will reimburse the participants in the Moscow Innovation Cluster for the costs of product development. The map of innovative solutions is now available on the i.moscow portal

The Moscow Innovation Cluster not only introduces and develops innovations, but also creates links between large companies, industrial companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, educational and scientific organizations, development institutions and the city. More than 20,000 organizations have already joined the cluster. The project is led by Moscow’s Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development together with the Department of Information Technology.

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