Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or UAS for systems) or commonly known as “drones”
To meet the present and future challenges in drone technologies, UPM Aerospace is taking
The facilities available at the Department of Aerospace Engineering include dedicated laboratories to wind tunnel testing, propulsion and power systems, and material fabrication
The Department of Aerospace Engineering in
As the world UAV/drone industry expanded exponentially, the Department of Aerospace UPM has managed to ride along with the
UPM has been blessed with agricultural land in the past. Not many know the history of why the Department of Aerospace Engineering was placed in an agricultural-based space many years ago. In short, it was the vision of the government and the Prime Minister to enhance the nations advanced aerospace technology capabilities that led to the birth of the Department as published in the Malaysian Aerospace Blueprint 1997.
When a bold decision was made to be a world leader in UAV research and technology in early 2000, a site owned by UPM known as Ladang Puchong was identified as the strategic place to build an airstrip for
The rest was history, as CAAM acknowledged
The department is well-linked with national and multi-national companies, government agencies and international universities and research agencies. Previous and current projects include vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV development, hybrid power systems, novel wing designs, high altitude turbines, and lighter-than-air platforms for heavy lift applications. Prior investment in UPM Aerospace projects totalled more than RM2 million to date, with many projects reaching patent and prototype status.
Word spread around a little over the last 20 years that UPM was active in UAV programmes. As a university, it has been blessed with a few opportunities to work with several national and international organisations in this field. UPM is keen to build a partnership with them that hopefully leads to a beneficial outcome – either in the development of products or services.
Some names of the honourable clients include King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), King Saud University (KSU) in Saudi Arabia, and the Nigerian Air Force. The Department of Aerospace is also working together with a few local companies such as Aero Terra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., and DRB-Hicom in areas of Unmanned Vehicles. Nonetheless, the department looks forward to serving more.
UPM would like to welcome both local and international companies and institutions
As a visible player in the arena, the Department has been presented with the award of a respectable amount of grants from various government agencies including from the university. The grants have enabled the Department of Aerospace to have a proper infrastructure, facilities and workforce to build and hire. After 20 years, the Department has matured and successfully embarked on few research projects to build various types of Unmanned Vehicles, such as long endurance fixed-wing UAVs, high-speed twin-jet turbine UAVs, high altitude unmanned balloon and multi-rotor drones. These vehicles are still operating in the Department today. A few of these projects have won numerous awards both in the local and international arena.
Apart from research and commercialisation,
The last 20 years of running UAV programmes in