Could drones be the future?

Pwc have recently released a very captivating article ‘Skies without limits’. Within this article there were many very encouraging stats regarding the advancement of the drone industry over the next 8 years.

During the article Pwc highlight a multitude of uses for the UKs developing drone technology – from surveillance to delivery to search and rescue to BVLOS. The current rate of expansion of the drone industry is very exciting and very promising for Aspira. Pwc estimate that by 2030 (8 years from now) that there could be more than 900,000 drones operating in the UKs skies and that the industry could contribute up to £45bn to the UK economy.

As you may be aware drones can be used to save time and money when used, in the case of Aspira, for coating buildings. Not only does it save money on maintenance, but the technology from one of coatings can also be used to reduce the heat loss form a building and in turn save money on your energy bills – Pwc have estimated that the adoption of drones could save British companies around £22bn in net cost savings by 2030. Not only could the use of drones decrease energy bills but this in turn reduces carbon emissions due to the reduction in energy usage. Not only that but the use of a drone for jobs such as delivery and maintenance working from height rather than more traditional methods is much more sustainable and environmentally friendly as they produce a significantly less amount of carbon emissions – in fact Pwc predict that drones could help to reduce carbon emissions by roughly 2.4m tons by 2030.

As a UK based drone company, it is fascinating to see what other developments are going on around us. As drones are starting to be used for jobs other than just surveillance, it is still a very new concept and it is important that we all support each other going forward to make sure that we make it known that the use of drones are safe, efficient, and accepted across all sectors.

Click the here to read the full article.

New Chair of the Board

There has been another big change here at Aspira. Stephen Falder has retired as our chairman. We would just like to take this opportunity to thank Stephen for everything he has done for Aspira and wish him well in his retirement.

Stepping up as our new Chair of the Board is Frank Hayden.

Franks Bibliography:

Frank is one of Europe’s leading industrialists, having led the strategic and operational transformation of a number of high-technology businesses, including LAND ROVER, BMW, AIRBUS, BAE SYSTEMS and ROLLS-ROYCE. He played a leading role in the launch of the BMW Mini, Airbus A380, Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Rolls-Royce engines for the Boeing 787 & Airbus A350.

He now works as a consultant and non-executive director and has served more than 300 client leadership teams, across a wide range of industries all over the world. Most frequently, helping the owners of medium size, high-technology businesses to accelerate their business growth and resilience plans. Frank served the UK Cabinet Office in 2020, leading the work to accelerate the scale up of Covid-19 rapid test devices.

Frank’s passion is: “Coaching senior executive teams, to help them plan and implement ambitious business transformation strategies.” He adds: “Global business competition nowadays is ferocious. In my experience, the top performing businesses over the long term, are those which are led by high-impact, low-ego leaders who have a deep understanding of conditions at the front-line of their businesses.” 

Further information: www.linkedin.com/pub/frank-hayden/5a/446/b7b

Email: fchayden@gmail.com

Tel: +447720427298

It is great to have him on board and we cannot wait to see what he will bring to the company!

Latest updates!

As usual it has been very busy at Aspira so here are some of our latest updates.

Update 1

Last month we exhibited at the facilities show in London for the first time. It was an incredible experience, and it was great to see such a large interest in the company. It was very reassuring for us to see so many people intrigued in our product and to hear such positive conversations around what it is we do. Since the show we have been busy following up with everyone we spoke to and had some very positive responses and we are looking forward to taking these even further over the coming weeks and months.

Check out our LinkedIn for more information about the show!

Update 2

Whilst some of us were in London, Harry went for GVC test and passed with flying colours. The GVC license grants him operational authorisation from the CAA to fly drones up to 25 kg in built-up areas safely and legally. This is great news for Harry on personal and a professional level as he can now test out his own adjustments on the drone. It is also significant for the company as we now have an extra pilot on board and Harry can lead regular practice flights and demonstrations to help aid in the development of the project.

Find out more about our CAA License

Update 3

Lastly, we are ready to introduce a new addition to the team, our Meccano Drone. The whole concept of this is so that during the development stages of the project the engineers can easily swap different bits of hardware out and try new technology without causing any damage. Its smaller size and lighter weight also make it much easier for them to take it out and test fly it regularly helping them squash any problems much earlier. This new drone is an integral part to the development of our project, and we look forward to making big strides now it has arrived.

Aspira and World Environment Day!

World environment day is taking place on the 5th June 2022. It gives everyone the opportunity to really raise awareness of the problems our environment is facing and the many different ways we can help combat that.

Climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste is all evidence that Earth is at “code red” and this is happening all around us and growing more ominous every day. The way out of this dilemma is to transform our economies and societies to make them inclusive, fair, and more connected with nature. We must shift from harming the planet to healing it.

#OnlyOneEarth calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet.

At Aspira sustainability and the green agenda is at the heart of all our applications. Aspira’s mission is to use drones and coatings for good so that we may better the environment we live and work in. Organisations need to act decisively and swiftly to meet their green agenda obligations, it is both a moral and legal requirement on us all. Our technology and coatings can directly tackle air pollution, support carbon reduction, and increase material lifespan – significantly improving our environment. Our unique approach helps to mitigate the risk associated with working at height, improve accessibility, provide more cost and time efficient methods of delivery over traditional methods. Our mission of Drones and Coatings for Good will positively contribute towards our client’s sustainability agenda.

It is of upmost importance to us that as a company we do our best to support the protection of our environment. Our technology and coatings can directly tackle air pollution, support carbon reduction and increase material lifespan – significantly improving our environment.

world environment day

Project Update!

We are now 3 months into our 18-month Innovate UK project, and we are pleased to announce that we are still fully on track!

The AC3 has completed its final development stage and is ready for flight around building fascia. During this development we have had the opportunity to try out new hardware and find the best fits for Aspira and now we are one step closer to the final product.

Not only this but the team have also managed to get the simulator built and updated the environment to replicate the wind turbines. This simulator is crucial to over development as it allows us to test out our software developments in a realistic environment without the worry around wasting too much time out in the field or damaging hardware.

Above shows Harry on of our technical engineers putting together the final pieces to the AC3 and next to this is a screenshot of our drone in point cloud from our new simulator.

Innovate UK Award

Aspira has been successful in winning its second Innovate UK award. This is for UK registered organisations for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. Aspira will develop their spray application using a bespoke drone to improve the operating efficiency of wind turbine technology This award is incredibly competitive with less than 3% of applicants being successful, we are immensely proud to have won this.

Aspira will use this grant to develop its drone technology to support the Wind Turbine sector, this is an 18-month project where we utilise our bespoke drone technology and coating expertise to clean existing turbines to reduce drag and increase efficiency.  It is known that detritus/salt build-up has a detrimental effect on the efficiency of the wind turbines (estimate at approximately £25k per turbine per annum in lost revenue).

innovate uk

Like many of the sectors we target, access is an issue. We will enhance our surface tracking and proximity flight technology enabling us to safely navigate around wind turbines. This will be more effective than traditional methods such as rope access which is slow, dangerous and impractical in many situations and giving us the edge over existing drone technology which is currently unsuitable.

“This is excellent news for the company and we’re immensely proud to have won this highly competitive grant. It is evidence of the belief Innovate UK have in the project and our vision. We are confident we can significantly improve the energy generated from Wind Turbines and positively contribute to the UK Gov’s Net Zero policy. The next 18 months will be challenging but we have every confidence we will emerge as a pioneering UK grown technology company.”

Jonathan Fenning, Aspira Managing Director

Aspira’s mission is to develop drones and coatings for good and this project will enhance our offering further. We are keen to partner with organisations working in the Wind Turbine space to develop this. If you would like to discuss further, please drop us an email at info@aspira-solutions.co.uk .

‘Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency’.

Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses, such as ourselves, to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. They connect businesses, like Aspira, to the partners, customers and investors that can help us turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth. They fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D. Innovate UKs support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.

For more information visit www.innovateuk.ukri.org

Aspira – Drones and Coatings for Good

Aspira is a drone and coatings technology company that specialises in developing revolutionary drone technology to help support companies reach their green agenda targets.

Aspira’s New Year Revolution

As a result of us winning this new grant (more information to come), before Christmas, we were lucky enough to be in a position where our company could start expanding, not only in our drone technology but we have also recruited more members to the team to join us in our journey.

Meet The New Team

Firstly, back in October, we recruited two additional engineers, Mus and Harry. Both of whom are fresh MSc graduates and have hit the ground running. They are already making valuable contributions to the building of our Technology Readiness Level plan. Harry has been brought in to focus on low level software/ firmware alongside drone hardware and electronics. Whilst Mus has been taken on to help with general software and our simulation environment.

Shortly after we welcomed Charlotte to the team as our Marketing Executive. Alongside Nick, Charlotte has some exciting plans to promote the business to the right audience and help Aspira reach its full commercial potential.

New Office

Due to our expanding team we also figured it was time for a state of the art office  and therefore we have  moved to a brand new office in WeWork, Spinningfields.  WeWork offices are revolutionising office space and provide flexible workspaces mainly for technology start-ups such as ourselves. This fresh change has given us the opportunity to be in the same place as other innovative, like minded and rapidly developing companies.

The office and team members have been brought in to aid in the development of our latest project and vision whilst helping take Aspira to the next level.

New Technology

As Aspira enters 2022 we are pleased to announce that we are also expanding our technology. Not only are we in the process of a very exciting project which involves developing another revolutionary drone which will be announced soon but we are now also in the movement of bringing out another unique coating that can be applied using the Aspira technique to further save your company on time, money and risk factors.

New Website

As part of our new year revolution we have just launched our new website. This has been a long time coming and as we are gaining more people on board and developing our technology even further it is time to finally show the world what Aspira is all about.

This is a very exciting time for Aspira and we cannot wait to see where the year takes us.

Bruntwood Pilot Spray

Aspira were lucky enough to receive an Innovate UK Grant for R&D. As a result of this grant we were in a position to have successfully developed the AC3 which can now be used for trial flight sprays.

As a further part of the Innovate UK grant that Aspira received we have been consulting with organisations nationally who have a clear focus on the Green Agenda. Consequently, we ended up being put in contact with Bruntwood who in turn allowed us to do a trial run on certain Bruntwood sites across Manchester. Bruntwood own over 100 tall buildings in cities including but not exclusive to Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. As a company they are heavily focused on their Green Agenda and doing everything they can to achieve this.

The Coating

During the Bruntwood spray trial the coating we used was our pollution busting one. This coating uses a Nano Titanium oxide to photo-catalyse NOx in the atmosphere converting pollutants into less harmful materials. By spraying 5,000m2 of surface that coating will nullify the NOx and SOx emissions of approximately 450 Euro 6 diesel cars per annum. Although this was just a trial it is still the first stepping stone in helping to combat pollution levels in the city. Bruntwood have taken their first steps in fulfilling their duty of care for creating a better environment for their clients. The more trials Aspira are able to participate
in the quicker it will be to help reach our final target of turning urban landscapes into air purifiers.

Efficiency

Aspira was at the Bruntwood site for less than an hour, this included setting up, flying and packing away. This is considerably less time that it would have taken using more traditional methods such as scaffolding.

Aspira at Bruntwood

Microfresh Spray Trial

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic there has been a huge increase in demand for disinfectants and their application. In particular large areas such as car parks, stadiums and arenas that ordinarily would have taken long periods of time and lots of man power to disinfect, this alongside the continuous need to apply treatment, it was just not possible. However, due to Aspiras advanced multi-functional spray drone technology we have made it possible to disinfect large areas in less time whilst using less people and reducing costs and mitigating any safety issues.

After hearing about our technology Aspira was invited to disinfect a car park in Manchester using the microfresh spray. Our drone is capable of carrying 10 litres whilst flying 3 meters above the ground. To ensure even distribution whilst spraying the Ac3 uses a 2m spray swath and allows us to spray over 150sqm/min.

Following on from the car park spray trial Aspira was invited to spray the inside of an arena with the disinfectant. This in turn allowed them to open back up to the general public earlier than if they had used traditional methods.

Video of a Microfresh Trial

Met Office Pilot

In July 2021 Aspira had the amazing opportunity of trialling one our coatings, the algaecide de-greener, on one of the walls at the Met office. The Met Office is one of the world leaders in weather and climate. The test spray area was 125Sqm with a few obstacles. As demonstrated in the photos below the algaecide coating has significantly cleaned up the area of wall it was applied to.

met office

Pre treatment

As you can see, prior to the treatment of the walls, there is significant degradation to the surface. When sprayed with the recommended dosage of treatment the algaecide was non harmful to existing wildlife/birds. This is important to point out as there was a birds nest at the top of the wall that could be left uninterrupted during the spray without causing harm.

met office post treatment

Post treatment

When the area that had been treated was checked on a month later Aspira found that there had been significant improvements even on the most stained surfaces. The algaecide solution sprayed was incredibly mild so as to not damage surrounding wildlife. As the winter and damp increases further improvement is anticipated. Over approximately the next 2 years the protection is anticipated to continue working. 

Met Office Trial Photos
before

Before Treatment

15th July 2021

after

After Treatment

17th August 2021