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4 The engineering community has risen to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. As countries have gone into lockdown, engineers have switched from their ongoing projects to address the biggest medical needs of the crisis, particularly the shortage of ventilators. Engineers responded to the call for help with a wide range of designs. Staff from companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce – who are more used to working on air, ground and marine autonomous systems – have been applying their skills to designing and building medical equipment. Then there is CRP Technology. Based in Italy’s epicentre of the outbreak, it has been using its Windform additive manufacturing material more commonly used in UAV airframes to create a valve and connector for oxygen masks. But the experience of some engineers highlights the challenges facing the industry. While building a simple ventilator is relatively straightforward, building a reliable and safe one is another matter. The same can be said of regulating airspace. If we had reliable and safe regulations for BVLOS operations in urban areas, we could be delivering medicines and supplies to households in lockdown by UAV. African countries have already demonstrated such services with UAV operators such as Zipline. As Covid-19 gains a growing foothold in Africa, autonomous UAV delivery technology is set to be the next challenge for engineers. If they succeed though it will be a game-changer. Nick Flaherty | Technology Editor Engineers, assemble Intro | April/May 2020 Editorial Director Ian Bamsey Assistant Editor Guy Richards Technology Editor Nick Flaherty Contributors Peter Donaldson, Rory Jackson Technical Consultants Paul Weighell Ian Williams-Wynn Dr Donough Wilson Design Andrew Metcalfe UST Ad Sales Please direct all enquiries to Simon Moss Subscriptions Freya Williams Publishing Director Simon Moss General Manager Chris Perry Office Administrator Frankie Robins For all enquiries relating to please contact: EchoBlue Media Online Publisher Caroline Rees View all back issues @ Advertising opportunities UST is an invaluable resource of actionable intelligence for engineers while also providing a targeted promotional platform for those with products and services of interest to them. We currently have a limited number of opportunities available for 2020. To request a media pack please email: Read all back issues online Assistant managers Focus on engine ancillary systems Cabin pleasure The future of infotainment UST 31 :APR/MAY 2020 UK £15,USA$30,EUROPE e 22 Shuttle enterprise How the EasyMile EZ10 shuttle – essentially an enterprise computing system on wheels – was developed Volume Six | Issue Three April/May 2020 High Power Media Limited Whitfield House, Cheddar Road, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EJ, England Tel: +44 (0)1934 713957 ISSN 2056-9823 Printed in Great Britain ©High Power Media All rights reserved. Reproduction (in whole or in part) of any article or illustration without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. While care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information herein, the publisher can accept no liability for errors or omissions. Nor can responsibility be accepted for the content of any advertisement. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available from High Power Media at the address above or directly from our website. Overseas copies are sent via air mail. UST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS 1 year subscription – 15% discount: UK – £75; Europe – £90 USA – £93.75; ROW – £97.50 2 year subscription – 25% discount: UK – £135; Europe – £162 USA – £168.75; ROW – £175.50 Make cheques payable to High Power Media. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and UK Maestro accepted. Quote card number and expiry date (also issue/start date for Maestro) ALSO FROM HPM THE COMMUNICATIONS HUBOF THE RACING POWERTRAINWORLD FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 USA$25,UK £12.50,EUROPE e 18 PORSCHE: V4REVOLUTION Secrets of a dominating ultra-lean-burn hybrid April/May 2020 | Unmanned Systems Technology