Thank you very much Professor Pant and Dr. Manish Tripathi and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay for giving us the opportunity to host a panel discussion in the Design and Engineering of Lighter-Than-Air Systems Conference 2022 (DELTAs-2022). We would also like to thank the speakers Dr. Sohan Suvarna from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Nicolas Caeymaex, Project Leader from Flywin, Sylvain Allano from Flying Whales, Dr. David Sanchez from the Universidad de Sevilla, Prof. Kash Khorasani from Concordia University and Edwin Almanzar, Airship Pilot.
The panel session was on “Artificial Intelligence and IT for Airship Flight Path Planning and Control”. Currently, there does not exist a solid auto-piloting method for airships (both, manned and unmanned), which is a key gap and business-economic risk in the technology if LTA applications are to become a reality. Furthermore, cybersecurity is of utmost importance for current LTA carriers and the ones in development. The lack of data is seen to be a major challenge as of today.
Thank you very much, it was indeed a great pleasure to participate in this unique event organised by the LTA Systems Laboratory in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
As a result of this meeting, collaborative efforts regarding flight path planning and LTA will be initiated.
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