Astral Aerial Solutions has won the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award for 2017.
The Kenya-based company won the award for its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Concept for Africa.
Astral Aerial’s project seeks to lay the foundation for safe and effective UAS operations and integration into existing airspace, which will ultimately allow for the expansion of air cargo connectivity in Africa.
Drone technology has strong potential to boost the continent’s air connectivity
The award was presented at the 11th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Abu Dhabi. Five companies were shortlisted to present their projects to over 400 audience members during the WCS closing plenary, who then cast their vote for their preferred innovation project.
Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral Aviation CEO, said: “We are delighted to be recognized for our innovative UTM Concept for Africa project.
“Drone technology has strong potential to boost the continent’s air connectivity and deliver goods and services to remote regions and more critical lifesaving products to those in need.”
Glyn Hughes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, added: “The IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards showcase innovation across the air cargo industry.
It is great to see a developing nation company helping to drive the innovation that is needed
“Among many worthy candidates I congratulate Astral Aerial Solutions for an outstanding achievement and hope the $20,000 first prize will help in its development.
“It is great to see a developing nation company helping to drive the innovation that is needed throughout the global air cargo industry.”