UBIQ Aerospace was founded on 29. November 2017. The core business is the development of innovative avionic solutions. UBIQ Aerospace is the exclusive provider of the proprietary and groundbreaking D•ICE technology, an autonomous icing protection solution for autonomous and unmanned aircraft.
The D•ICE technology encompasses a range of products, from hardware and software, to services and support related to all aspects of fighting atmospheric in-flight icing problems.
The D•ICE technology was originally develop by world leading research scientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), located in Trondheim, Norway. The project was initiated with core scientific research and development, which began in 2013 and included the involvement of the US Coast Guard, NASA, and the US Airforce. The first prototype of D•ICE flew in 2015 on Elmendorf Airforce Base in Anchorage, Alaska. This was the first flight of any icing protection solution for unmanned aircraft in the world. Ever since, D•ICE has been through a comprehensive test program, with regular wind tunnel and flight -tests.
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The project is initiated at NTNU on June 1st. with the US Coast Guard as an advisory partner. The objective is to address atmospheric in-flight icing for autonomous and unmanned aircraft. The design principles are; NO weight, NO volume, and NO power.
The first steps toward a completely autonomous solution, with the first icing detection algorithm developed. The algorithm is based on aerodynamic disturbances caused by ice shapes on the airframe.
On 1 October a collaboration between NASA and NTNU on icing on unmanned aircraft, is established. A first hardware prototype of D•ICE is developed and integrated onto on of NASA's Dragoneye unmanned aircraft platforms.
On 8. April, the very first flight test is conducted. This is the worlds first flight with an icing protection solution on an unmanned aircraft. The flight is conducted at Elmendorf Airforce base in Anchorage Alaska, and is a collaboration between the US Airforce, NASA, and NTNU.
In February a second version prototype of the D•ICE technology is tested in the controlled environment at LeClerc Icing Research Laboratory in New York, in a collaboration between NASA, NOAA, Aerovironment and NTNU.
The incremental prototypes of D•ICE hav all been flown on Svalbard as a collaboration between NORUT and NTNU. In May 2017, the very first flight was conducted with a higher resolution thermoelectric panel, increasing power efficiency
UBIQ Aerospace is established on 29. November as the commercial platform for the D•ICE technology.