The objective of the proposal for an SME Instrument - Phase 1, is to conduct a feasibility study for industrialising electro-thermal panels for an innovative icing protection solution technology, D•ICE, which has the potential to become an enabling technology for the unmanned aircraft industry. Answering the undeniable industry need for a better and smarter icing protection solution, researchers at the Research Centre of Excellence the Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) under the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have developed the D•ICE technology. D•ICE effectively detects, removes, or prevents icing using power-efficient electro-thermal panels located at forward-facing and exposed aircraft surfaces. D•ICE is a truly autonomous icing protection solution for unmanned aircraft and is provided as either a retro-fit or an embedded solution, with no added aerodynamic drag and only negligible weight increase, representing a solution that enables operations currently impossible. Presently, UBIQ Aerospace is looking to enter into prototype projects with key national stakeholders Maritime Robotics and Andøya Space Centre, and international stakeholders Magline and Northrop Grumman.
Project leader: Kim Lynge Sorensen
Institution: UBIQ AEROSPACE AS