The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Oct. 13 held a demonstration of a noncontact delivery service featuring drones and autonomous robots on Jangdo Island off the coast of Yeosu, Jeollanam-do Province. The photo shows a delivery robot used at the event. (GS Caltex)


By Kim Young Deok and Yoon Sojung
Video = GX Caltex

A drone on the morning of Oct. 13 flew high over a gas station in the Soho-dong neighborhood of Yeosu, Jeollanam-do Province. After loading a few items, the drone automatically ascended to about 80 m and crossed the sea to arrive on Jangdo Island 900 m from the mainland.

When it approached a grassy field on the island, it descended vertically until it was 1 m from the ground and landed.


An autonomous robot was waiting for the drone and when the latter arrived, the robot opened its cargo box so that the drone could drop its load and return to the gas station. The robot then traveled 700 m to its final destination of Creative Studio. Delivery time took about 10 minutes.


This was the noncontact delivery service featuring drones and robots that was jointly demonstrated by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute.


The event showed the nation's first delivery service that uses drones and autonomous robots.


Having demonstrated in June a lunchbox delivery service using drones on Jeju Island, the ministry this time made an upgrade from the previous event by adding robots to overcome the limited accessibility of drones in places deemed hard to approach, such as crowded areas or indoors.


The drones were made by Neon Tech and the robots by Unmanned Solution. A drone can load up to 5 kg of items and fly 30-60 km per hour for up to 30 minutes. A robot can hold up to 150 kg of cargo and run for up to five hours at a speed of 5 km per hour.

 

 

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The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Sept. 19 held an event at Sejong Lake Park in Sejong Special Self-Governing City to test drones that deliver food, like the one pictured here. (Yonhap News)



By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has held an event at Sejong Lake Park in Sejong Special Self-Governing City showing how drones can deliver food.

The event on Sept. 19 was the first time for drones to be shown delivering food to people downtown.

Under the theme "Safe drones that make our lives convenient," organizers had five drones deliver hamburgers, chicken and macarons.


Three drones received orders via apps, departed from Sejong City Hall, flew 2.5 km as they crossed the Geumgang River and safely delivered food to the park. Another two left from an industrial park in the city's Naseong-dong neighborhood, crossed a throng of skyscrapers, and delivered food 1.5 km away. The average delivery time was 10 minutes.


The five multipurpose test drones were from domestic drone manufacturers such as Doosan Mobility Innovation and X Drone.

The event confirmed the drones' relevant technologies such as automatic takeoff and landing, flight routes and ordering systems using apps exclusively for delivery drones.

Jeong Yong Sik, the ministry's director general for aviation policy, said, "The government will provide various support so that industries using drones can become part of daily life as quickly as possible."


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A service that delivers packages to islands and mountainous regions using drones is now becoming a reality.

 

Package delivery from Incheon to nearby islands is currently conducted using 10 passenger ship routes. However, PABLO AIR, a member company of the Born2Global Centre, plans to use its unmanned aerial vehicles to enable a higher-efficiency logistics service and bridge the gap in services between regions. This will eliminate the regional inequality in logistics for daily goods.

 

Selected for Incheon's logistics robot promotion program, PABLO AIR supplies integrated drone delivery platform using vertical takeoff and landing drones based on drone swarm technology. These are logistics drone operating software that are tailored to the characteristics of Incheon, which has an airport and numerous ports and industrial complexes.

 

A company based in Incheon Port that is developing a drone platform capable of operating 100 logistics drones at one time, offering delivery services by air to island regions, PABLO AIR demonstrated Korea's first trial of long-range drone operation (up to 57.5 kilometers). Next year, it is planning to make a 40- to 50-kilometer test flight from Incheon Port to Jawoldo and Ijakdo islands, in Woongjin County. Incheon Port Authority will provide an area exclusively for the takeoff and landing of drones in island areas and major port facilities in Incheon.

 

A related official said, "With its airport, ports, industrial complexes, and free economic zone, Incheon is well-suited for the development of demand for logistics drones and demonstration of the technology. We aim to fill in the logistics void in island regions by utilizing Incheon Port's logistics infrastructure and drone technology."

 

Founded in 2018, PABLO AIR is a developer of unmanned aerial software and hardware. It was the first Korean company to successfully conduct a long-distance over-sea drone delivery, which covered a distance of 57.5 kilometers and took 1 hour and 56 minutes. Its core business is the development of drone swarm platforms and provision of related solutions. Established by graduate and doctoral researchers in aerial technology, 




PABLO AIR succeeded in securing KRW 3 billion in Series A funding in collaboration with Lee Soo-man, chief producer of SM Entertainment, and the KTB Network. It has completed the development of its own drone hardware and is currently working on a software solution that integrates manned and unmanned drones. It is also pursuing projects in areas such as drone swarm technology-based logistics, disaster monitoring, and smart city environment monitoring. Its ultimate vision is to develop benchmark technology and set a new milestone in the PAV (personal air vehicle) air taxi industry.



산업통상자원부와 한국전자통신연구원은 8일 제주도 GS칼텍스 무수천주유소에서 ‘드론 활용 유통물류혁신 실증 시연 행사’를 개최했다. 사진은 시연에 사용된 드론이 이륙하는 모습. GS칼텍스

A trial run of drone delivery on June 8 was conducted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute. The photo shows a drone used in the test that was conducted at GS Caltex's Musucheon Stream gas station on Jeju Island. (GS Caltex)



By Kim Hyelin and Yoon Sojung

Autonomous drones in the near future are likely to deliver lunch sets, parcels or newspapers from convenience stores to consumers.


The trial operation of a drone-based delivery on June 8 was conducted at the Musucheon Stream gas station of GS Caltex on Jeju Island. Designed to demonstrate the mobility and logistic distribution of the high-tech service, the test was jointly carried out by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute.

In the test, a user ordered food using the smartphone app of a GS convenience store. The food was then loaded on drones at their delivery base, a gas station. Each drone then delivered to the designated places -- a pension located 1.3 km away and a school just under a kilometer away -- and took just five minutes to complete delivery and return to base.


The ministry plans to inject KRW 35.2 billion into the project by 2022 to build and demonstrate a drone-based logistics service platform.


The latest demonstration aimed to show how autonomous drones developed for this project could deliver food to customers from a convenience store.


Both of the drones used in the test service – the ND-820 from Neon Tech and the XD-I6D of X Drone -- can take off and land automatically. The former can carry up to 25 kg and the latter 22 kg.


On the same day, GS Caltex and GS Retail announced their foray into the drone-based service sector for the first time in Korea, announcing their vision of using gas stations nationwide to form a logistics hub for drone delivery and future mobility.


With demand for drone-based logistical service predicted to rise in the era of non-contact service, the ministry will develop hydrogen-powered drones able to carry heavier items to farther regions and review using a gas station network as a hub for recharging electric- and hydrogen-powered drones.


The ministry said it expects drone-based delivery service can be helpful in remote areas like mountains or islands, especially for senior citizens and residents of less accessible areas, for quick delivery of essential and safety items.

The ministry said it will expand the sectors for drone delivery service and the types of service areas to both suburban and urban regions in phases.


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By Hyunjin Choi

 

Lengthening flight time is one of the main issues for the drone market. The power source for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is mostly lithium batteries, which are able to provide power just for about 20 minutes of air time. So as to extend the running time, the size of the battery needs to be bigger, but bigger mass hinders the drones’ performance.

 

In this regard, liquefaction hydrogen cells have emerged as an alternative because they deliver a greater performance in the compressed form than fossil fuels or gaseous hydrogen fuels. Other than the performance, liquid hydrogen cells are attractive power sources in the sense of safety and environment. It is safer than the conventional fuel as it dissipates quickly in the air, making it hard to catch fire even in the case a tank is accidentally punctured. Besides, mostly composed of hydrogen and oxygen, it is extremely eco-friendly, producing zero-emission.

 

However, there still remain a few problems to be addressed: how to produce, transport, and store it.

 


 

Here, a Korean hydrogen fuel cell startup, Hylium Industries, Inc.(Born2Global Centre Member '18~'19), might suggest an answer for them with a new technology of liquefying hydrogen. Hylium developed the highly difficult cryogenic liquefaction technology in 2014, in turn, succeeding in developing liquid hydrogen tanks which can be utilized for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). It is very challenging to convert gas-form hydrogen into liquid form since it needs to be cooled at ultra-low temperature, below minus 253 Celsius. In addition, making liquid hydrogen usable fuel is the key to the UAV industry as it is cumbersome to compress and store colorless and odorless hydrogen.Hylium managed to deal with the aforementioned issues in the automotive perspective with cryogenic devices.

 

The liquid hydrogen cells Hylium Industries developed can be used not only for drones but for small air mobility such as air taxis. Recognizing Hylium’s cryogenic liquefaction technology, Alaka’i, a Massachusetts-based aviation startup, debuted “Skai,” a hydrogen powered flying car in a mockup in LA at BMW Designworks in May. The hydrogen cells by Hylium boost run times of Skai from 20 minutes of conventional batteries up to four hours (400 miles) of flight with even five passenger capacity, depending on the size of the UAV’s fuel tank. With a charge for 10 minutes, it can commute nearby cities, not just within a city. With longer distances by stronger batteries, the multi copters are expected to act as ambulances  as well as mere commuting vehicles. 

 

With Skai launching, Hylium has stood out as one of the world’s best hydrogen tech-based companies since the flying car company led by aerospace experts from NASA, Raytheon, Airbus, Boeing, and the Department of Defense chose the technology of a Korean hydrogen company to power its own product, beating out all other competitive fuel cell providers worldwide.

 

 

Hylium already attracted grand attention after demonstrating mobile Hydrogen Refueling Station, a five-ton truck carrying fueling equipment in 2018. Hylium developed it with support of a world-renowned automotive company, Hyundai and Gwangju Creative Economy Innovation Center. Due to the high initial cost for building a hydrogen refueling system as well as the safety issue for gaseous hydrogen, it was hard to construct a refueling hydrogen station with the expected cost of 3 billion dollars.

 

However, Hylium addresses the issues of cost, safety, and lack of numbers for hydrogen stations by developing a mobile Hydrogen Refueling Station. With the huge liquefaction hydrogen tank mounted on the truck, it can easily locate and move to hydrogen powered car owners in need of charging fuels. The mobile Hydrogen Refueling Station can store up to 7,500 liters of low-pressure liquid hydrogen and fill up to 100 hydrogen-powered cars per day.

 

 


 

Edited by Hyunjin Choi


Commemorating the 74th Liberation Day of South Korea on August 15th, 2019, UVify successfully depicted the largest Korean national flag ever in the sky, launching the maximum number of swarm drones, IFO, in the history of Korean companies.

 

 

150 swarm drones were used to bedeck a 266X177 ft (47K ft2) Korean national flag. This broke the record of the largest Korean national flag set 14 years ago: The massive Korean national flag at the 2002 World Cup stadium spread by Korean supporters (197X131 ft/25K ft2) and one that appeared at the Youngil Bay Festival in Pohang, Korea in 2005 (262X174 ft/ 45K ft2).

 

Uvify's fleet of quadcopter drones were launched into the sky by one drone pilot.

The previous gigantic national flags were made of fabric and manually produced over a few weeks by dozens of people. However, the world’s largest flag could be created at a bigger scale anytime anywhere in the sky with IFO swarm drones.

 

 

IFO, the quadcopter swarm drones used for the glittering national flag is the world’s first commercial swarm drone that a Korean company succeeded in research &development, and production. When it was unveiled in CES 2019, it was honored as the Best Commercial Drone by Drone Rush, the prestigious drone media in the US. Since its release, UVify has signed contracts in over 10 countries in the first half of this year.

 

 

 

“The number or size of drones used in creating the national flag might not be the most significant factor. However, the hike in the number of drones in operation shows the improvement of Korean drone technology. In fact, more drones allows us to draw a more sophisticated flag,” said the CEO of UVify, Hyun Lim. “On this special liberation day, we would like to share the meaningful moment with all Koreans by making a memorable national flag."

 

“150 drone units of swarm flight is the first record that Korean companies ever made and we are in the process to verify this execution under the regulatory Sandbox for drones by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and the Korean Institute of Aviation Safety Technology. We hope that more Korean companies discover various business model,” said Changbong Kang, UAS Safety Division head, Korean Institute of Aviation Safety Technology.

 

 

Drone Show Korea 2019 opened on Jan. 24 at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO). First Vice Minister of Science and ICT Mun Mi-ock (third from left) and Vice Minister Cheong Seung-il join visitors in listening to an explanation about the power pack, or a fuel cell battery used in drones, produced by Doosan Mobility Innovation. (Ministry of Science and ICT)

Drone Show Korea 2019 opened on Jan. 24 at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO). First Vice Minister of Science and ICT Mun Mi-ock (third from left) and Vice Minister Cheong Seung-il join visitors in listening to an explanation about the power pack, or a fuel cell battery used in drones, produced by Doosan Mobility Innovation. (Ministry of Science and ICT)



By Jung Joo-ri and Yoon Sojung

Drone Show Korea 2019 opened at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) on Jan. 24, with the annual event displaying the past, present and future of the drone industry. 

Under the theme "Connected by Drone," this year's exhibition is the fourth of its kind and runs from Jan. 24-26. It features approximately 300 drones and related parts and materials produced by a combined 110 companies from Korea and overseas. 

A drone powered by a hydrogen fuel cell grabbed visitor attention at the opening ceremony. Developed and produced by Doosan Mobility Innovation, the drone can fly up to two hours, far longer than the 20- to 30-minute limit of other drones using lithium batteries. 

Another popular event was a demonstration of long-distance video transmission using 5G, namely SK Telecom of Korea’s "T live caster" service. When a user from the 5G control tower at BEXCO gave a signal to a drone placed at Haeundae Beach, the service enabled the user to shoot and watch a video from a long distance. 

A combined 410 booths offer a variety of drones with cutting-edge technologies. 


One drone that stood out was Shift Red, developed by This is Engineering and a hit at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month. The light drone allows users easy remote control simply by putting one's thumb in the small ring. 


Another popular drone was the Dronebot by the Republic of Korea Army. This device is capable of reconnaissance and surveillance functions and can even remove explosives as part of the military's drive to set up a dronebot structure.

Replicas of drones usable in natural disasters or for public safety purposes developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) were also on display. 

Visitors can also learn more about the latest drone technologies as an international conference, presentations of new products and technology, and drone events will be held on the sidelines.

For more information on the event, please click the event’s English-language homepage.
http://eng.droneshowkorea.com/main/main.php

Participants at the Drone Show Korea 2019’s opening ceremony on Jan. 24 look at various drones on display at the booth of the Republic of Korea Army. (BEXCO)

Participants at the Drone Show Korea 2019’s opening ceremony on Jan. 24 look at various drones on display at the booth of the Republic of Korea Army. (BEXCO)

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A visitor tries out life in a smart city through some VR gear at the Busan Eco-Delta City booth,

at the DMC Hi-Tech Industry Center in Seoul on July 16. (Yonhap News)

 

 

By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin

 

John Doe, a resident of the "smart city" of Sejong City, commutes to work in an autonomous car. Thanks to new AI systems that analyze traffic and navigate through the fastest route possible, his trip is stress-free and relaxing. As he arrives at work, a drone delivers a few books and some tomatoes that were grown at a "smart farm" and which were bought with his Sejong Coin digital currency.

 

Jane Doe, living in the "smart city" of Busan, paid almost nothing for her electricity bill last month, despite the freezing weather, thanks to eco-friendly energy sources. Also, she no longer buys drinking water because she can drink purified, clean tap water straight from the city water supply system.

 

These are two of the Moon Jae-in administration’s blue prints for "smart cities," urban areas that enhance major government services in the city with state-of-the-art IT.

 

The Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on July 16 announced plans for pilot projects that will build new "smart city" developments in the cities of Sejong City and Busan by 2021.

 

According to the plan, a 2.74-square-kilometer development in Sejong City’s block No. 5-1, a little smaller than the size of Yeouido island in Seoul, will become a car-sharing zone. Inside that zone, residents will commute using shared self-driving cars or on bicycles. They will also make payments using digital currencies that make use of blockchain technologies. Finally, the new development will also feature drones and robots that will deliver parcels and even offer first aid.

 

Busan’s new Eco-Delta City, a 2.19-square-kilometer development, will become an eco-friendly neighborhood that uses water from the Nakdonggang River and the Pyeonggangcheon Stream for energy and for drinking. The water will be used to generate hydrothermal energy, which will help residents save on their electricity bills, and the neighborhood will have water treatment facilities that are adapted to high-rise buildings and their water supply needs.

 

“We aim to boost the quality of life for the citizens by applying cutting-edge technology to the urban landscape,” said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. “We will successfully launch such 'smart cities' and share our experiences operating them with the global community.”

 

Detailed action plans for the pilot projects will be established by December after getting feedback from the public and private entities.

 

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