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24th March 2024
Major interest in digital airspace management at Rotterdam port

The ‘U-Space Revolution in Rotterdam’ event, organised by Port of Rotterdam Authority and DronePort Rotterdam, drew 220 visitors from 15 countries.

This big turnout demonstrates the growing interest in the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s innovative approach, which started a year and a half ago.

19th March 2024
Unmanned Aircraft has obtained the sole permission from the Civil Aviation Administration and completed tasks in downtown areas

ST Engineering has developed an Unmanned Aircraft equipped with the highest security system, obtaining the sole permission from the authorities to operate conditionally above crowds.

18th Feb 2024
Aviation Showcase

We Know What It Takes to Keep Aircraft Flying Safely

The Aviation cluster will showcase our solutions as a world-class original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider with integrated and proven life cycle solutions. With capabilities from design and manufacturing to repair and overhaul, we know what it takes to keep aircraft flying safely.


24th March 2022
Drone whisks food orders from Sentosa to St John's Island in delivery trial

Visitors to the Southern Islands could one day have their meals flown in from food and beverage establishments in Sentosa, after a drone food-delivery pilot took off on Tuesday (March 22).

The trial, which sees Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) collaborating with ST Engineering and foodpanda, aims to extend the reach of Sentosa's F&B outlets to service customers in the Southern Islands, which do not currently have such amenities.

7th March 2022
Three companies in commercial trials to deliver goods to ships using drones

At least three companies are now being paid to use their unmanned drones to deliver small items like cash, 3D-printed shipping parts and fuel samples from Marina South to ships out at sea.

As at March, British outfit Skyports, home-grown technology giant ST Engineering and local start-up F-drones have received approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to begin recurring commercial trials out of the Maritime Drone Estate.

17th Feb 2022
CAAS and ST Engineering to Jointly Advance Unmanned Aircraft Technologies Development and Adoption through Public-Private Partnership

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and ST Engineering Aerospace Ltd (STEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 15 February 2022 to jointly advance unmanned aircraft (UA) technologies development and adoption in Singapore through public-private partnership. The MOU was signed between Mr Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS and Mr Jeffrey Lam, Commercial Aerospace President at ST Engineering on the side-lines of the Singapore Airshow.

13th Feb 2022
ST Engineering, Sumitomo and Skyports Join Forces to Use Unmanned Aircraft for Shore-to-Ship Parcel Delivery

ST Engineering, Sumitomo Corporation and Skyports today announced the formation of a consortium to provide Unmanned Aircraft (UA) services for shore-to-ship parcel delivery in Singapore.

Each consortium member will exploit their respective operational and technological capabilities to expand the use of autonomous UA for the deliveries of maritime essentials to vessels at anchorage. During a nine-month pilot programme, the consortium will engage key customers for maritime UA deliveries, with the goal of establishing a UA delivery network capable of carrying parcel payloads up to 10kg.


28th May 2021
Unmanned drones to be used for inspections at six reservoirs in Singapore

An unmanned drone will soon be a common sight at six reservoirs here, as part of national water agency PUB's efforts to leverage technology for its daily operations. A drone will first be deployed at MacRitchie and Marina reservoirs at the end of this month, with four others to be deployed at Serangoon, Kranji, Lower Seletar and Lower Peirce reservoirs in the third quarter of this year.

29th April 2021
Unmanned drone now part of SLA's Southern Islands inspection regime

A plan by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) to have an unmanned drone inspect the Southern Islands has taken flight. Since last week, a drone housed on Pulau Seringat has been making its rounds over islands linked to and near it, reducing the need for physical inspections of the islands and facilities by about three times.

8th Feb 2021
Fried chicken winging its way to hungry sailors in Foodpanda drone delivery test flight

Chickens do not stay in flight for long, but airborne fried chicken can go the distance, thanks to Foodpanda's planned delivery service on drones.

On Thursday (Aug 13), the food delivery platform successfully trialled its pandaFly drone-delivery in collaboration with ST Engineering.


17 Sep 2020
New Home Team drone can fly farther for security sweeps

The Home Team has unveiled a new unmanned drone that will allow agencies to fly farther into areas to do security sweeps, covering larger areas based on a pre-programmed flight path.

The drone, which embarked on its maiden long-distance flight yesterday, can be operated beyond the sight of the operator, which means it can fly several kilometres away from the person controlling it, instead of being only several hundred metres away.

16 Jun 2020
ST Engineering Receives First-ever Authorisation from CAAS to Perform Aircraft Inspection

ST Engineering will be using its in-house developed drone solution, DroScan to carry out General Visual Inspection (GVI) during aircraft maintenance at its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in Singapore after its Aerospace sector received authorisation from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). This is the first-ever authorisation granted by CAAS for the use of unmanned aerial systems to perform GVI on Singapore-registered aircraft. With this authorisation, ST Engineering can apply its DroScan solution on approved aircraft models such as the Airbus A320 family. An end-to-end aircraft external general inspection solution, DroScan leverages automation and smart analytics capabilities to bring about higher efficiency and greater workplace safety during aircraft maintenance work. The Group had over the past one year demonstrated the solution’s capabilities and benefits through a number of successful trials with participating airline customers including Air New Zealand. By using drones to physically carry out visual inspections, DroScan eliminates the need to set up bulky ground equipment such as boom-lifts and work stands for inspectors to climb up and down during manual inspections. Inspectors can instead conduct indirect GVI using live video feed and post-flight images captured by the drones. Captured images can be fed through algorithms that detect and classify defects to assist the inspectors in the review process.

10 Feb 2020
ST Engineering and Wilhelmsen Ships Service to Collaborate on Developing Unmanned Aerial Operations

ST Engineering and Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will be collaborating to develop and test solutions to enable Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations for shore-to-ship parcel deliveries in Singapore. As part of this collaboration, ST Engineering will provide a suite of flight tests and technology development services for system integration and solution prototyping. Key enabling technologies to be developed include precision landing on-board ship vessel’s metallic platform, non line-of-sight datalink and parcel delivery authentication and release system. At the same time, WSS will help to strengthen the commercialisation and operational aspects of the solution development. This collaboration will receive funding as part of the Call-For-Proposal by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Singapore Ministry of Transport, which aims to support the development of systems and technologies to enable innovations within the wide-ranging use of UAS.

13 Jan 2020
Bringing connectivity to the Southern Islands over Television White Space

Boasting pristine beaches and tranquillity that contrasts starkly with the hustle and bustle of city life, Singapore’s Southern Islands are a nature lover’s escape from reality and a throwback to simpler times. Waves of technology panned out to these rural landmasses when they recently became testbeds for connectivity solutions that could one day allow maintenance inspection works of all the Southern Islands to be managed remotely from mainland Singapore. While mainland Singapore is almost completely covered by 4G networks, the same cannot be said of the Southern Islands, where the internet connection is spotty in some areas. Hence, one option to bring internet access to the Southern Islands is via television white space (TVWS)—the unused radio spectrum in the television broadcast bands—which can be tapped on to transmit and receive data wirelessly over distances of up to 10 kilometres.


17 Jun 2019
Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft

ST Engineering's Aerospace arm is the world's largest airframe MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) service provider with an extensive global network of facilities in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. The drone inspection trials Air New Zealand is collaborating on with ST Engineering take place at its facility next to Changi Airport in Singapore where Air New Zealand aircraft undergo heavy maintenance checks. ST Engineering has developed an unmanned drone system, known as DroScan, which sees a drone take a planned route around the outside of an aircraft to inspect its surface and produce high definition images. These images are processed using a software with smart algorithms to detect and classify defects, which aircraft engineers can review and confirm, or carry out further inspection for defects if required.

17 Jun 2019
ST Engineering ties up with Air NZ and Honeywell to test aircraft inspection drones

ST Engineering's aerospace arm has entered into respective partnerships with Air New Zealand and Honeywell. Air New Zealand and ST Engineering are teaming up to trial the use of drones to inspect aircraft, while ST Engineering will act as a licensed repair centre for Honeywell components. The Air New Zealand partnership will see the airline using an unmanned drone system developed by ST Engineering. Called DroScan, the drone takes a planned route around the outside of an aircraft to inspect its surface and produce high definition images. These images are processed using a software with smart algorithms to detect and classify defects, which aircraft engineers can review and confirm, or carry out further inspection for defects if required, said the engineering firm.

26 Feb 2019
ST Engineering Receives First-ever Authorisation from CAAS to Test Fly its UAS Solution DroNet

ST Engineering made further strides in developing advanced Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) solutions for applications in an urban environment when its Aerospace sector became the first in Singapore to receive authorisation from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) trials over the Lower Seletar reservoir. The BVLOS trial is for demonstrating ST Engineering’s latest UAS solution, DroNet. Designed for autonomous operations in an urban environment, DroNet is an end-to-end solution that applies advanced unmanned technologies such as drones through a network system to carry out specific tasks or services. By harnessing the power of networking, video analytics and data sharing, DroNet is able to provide solutions for various applications including perimeter security, asset inspection and lightweight deliveries.


07 Feb 2018
CAAS and ST Aerospace Collaborate to Test Beyond Visual Line of Sight Drone Operations in Singapore

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and ST Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate the development of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations in Singapore’s urban environment. The MOU was signed by Mr Kevin Shum, CAAS Director-General and Mr Lim Serh Ghee, ST Aerospace President on the sidelines of Singapore Airshow 2018. Under the MOU, CAAS and ST Aerospace will collaborate on the study and development of new concepts, procedures and technologies that will enable BVLOS UAS operations in Singapore's urban environment including within or near an aerodrome. ST Aerospace will provide a suite of technical services for system integration and prototyping in the identified areas of interest. The collaboration will also assist CAAS in its development of the safety regulatory oversight framework for BVLOS UAS operations in Singapore.


01 Jan 2017
The People behind Unmanned Technologies

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have taken to new heights in recent years with various applications across different business verticals. While UAVs do not require pilots on board during operations and can even fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans, engineering precision and passion are must-haves to develop UAVs that can carry out their mission safely and effectively. We highlight two UAV solutions developed by ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector and the team who worked tirelessly behind the scenes from conceptualisation to commercialisation.

01 Jan 2017
DroNet: Drone Network Systems

Faster emergency response, efficient inspections and safer package delivery in an urban environment. When drones first made its appearance, some people wondered if they were just new toys for big boys. From aerial photography to videography, they were the rave. However, drones have come a long way, evolving to become more than just tools for photography and videography. Known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), their real power is unleashed when these drones appear in masses, in what is known as a “drone network system”.