D-ICE 2018-09-10T10:14:14+00:00
Aircraft Icing – A huge challenge to industry growth for unmanned aviation.

Icing on exposed surfaces has serious consequences to UAV operations. Even minor occurrences of icing may severely affect aircraft performance and control, and endanger critical missions. Today, the best practice for solving this issue is to avoid icing altogether by grounding the aircraft.

While this reduces the risk of losing valuable equipment, the result is loss of surveillance/inspection capability, delayed missions and increased personnel costs. There are no efficient solutions available to counter icing for unmanned aircraft.

Aircraft Icing – A huge challenge to industry growth for unmanned aviation.

Icing on exposed surfaces has serious consequences to UAV operations. Even minor occurrences of icing may severely affect aircraft performance and control, and endanger critical missions. Today, the best practice for solving this issue is to avoid icing altogether by grounding the aircraft.

While this reduces the risk of losing valuable equipment, the result is loss of surveillance/inspection capability, delayed missions and increased personnel costs. There are no efficient solutions available to counter icing on unmanned aircraft.

D•ICE is an intelligent ice detection, prevention,
and mitigation solution for unmanned aircraft…

…pushing the limits of unmanned aviation.

Designed in collaboration with NASA Ames and specifically for unmanned aircraft, D•ICE offers a light-weight and power-efficient solution to the icing problem. For UAV operators, D•ICE means significantly increased operational capability and reduced operational costs.
D•ICE is available both as a custom component in a UAV manufacturing process
and as a retrofit solution for existing unmanned aircraft.

D•ICE is an intelligent ice detection, prevention,
and mitigation solution for unmanned aircraft..

..pushing the limits of unmanned aviation

Designed specifically for unmanned aircraft, D•ICE offers a light-weight and power-efficient solution to the icing problem. For UAV operators, D•ICE means significantly increased operational capability and reduced equipment costs.
D•ICE is available both as a custom component in a UAV manufacturing process
and as a retrofit solution for existing unmanned aircraft.

Fully autonomous

D•ICE is not active unless needed. Atmospheric sensors alert the system of icing conditions and wake the system from a low-power state. Two separate ice detection algorithms kick into action. One exploits thermodynamic principles on the surfaces, while the other monitors the aircraft’s aerodynamic behaviour to detect the influence of icing.

When ice is detected, the central control unit activates strategically positioned thermoelectric panels that quickly and efficiently remove the ice. The system may then be put into an icing prevention mode, where minimum power heating prevents a new ice layer from forming.

Fully autonomous

D•ICE is not active unless needed. Atmospheric sensors alert the system of icing conditions and wake the system from a low-power state. Two separate ice detection algorithms kick into action. One exploits thermodynamic principles on the surfaces, while the other monitors the aircraft’s aerodynamic behaviour to detect the influence of icing.

When ice is detected, the central control unit activates strategically positioned thermoelectric panels that quickly and efficiently remove the ice. The system may then be put into an icing prevention mode, where minimum power heating prevents a new ice layer from forming.

Our History

About us

The D•ICE technology was developed at the Autonous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) research centre of excellence under the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and is supplied to the unmanned aircraft industry through the platform of UBIQ Aerospace.

Dr. Kim Lynge Sørensen
Dr. Kim Lynge Sørensen
Founder and CEO of UBIQ Aerospace, and Post-Doctoral Fellow, NTNU-AMOS, Dept. of Engineering Cybernetics. Inventor and Technical Developer of the D•ICE technology.

Following his Master’s Degree in Automation and Robot Technology from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark, and Stanford University, CA, USA, Kim started his Ph.D. work focusing on solving the icing problem for unmanned aircraft. Continuing his work in his current position as a post-doctoral fellow, he is also an active part, as CEO in UBIQ Aerospace, with its first innovative technology D•ICE.

Kasper Trolle Borup
Kasper Trolle Borup
Founder and CTO of UBIQ Aerospace, and Ph.D. Candidate, NTNU-AMOS, Dept. of Engineering Cybernetics.
Inventor and Technical Developer of the D•ICE technology.

Following his Master’s Degree in Automation and Robot Technology from DTU, Denmark, and Stanford University, CA, USA, Kasper started his Ph.D. work focusing on new methods of estimating air data parameters. Finishing his Ph.D. in the spring of 2018, Kasper is set to continue, as the first ever innovations Post-Doctoral Fellow at NTNU’s IE faculty. He will also be bringing his expertise on advanced sensor technology into the D•ICE team and to UBIQ Aerospace as CTO.

Dr. Tor Arne Johansen
Dr. Tor Arne Johansen
Founder and board member of UBIQ Aerospace, and professor and key scientist at NTNU-AMOS, Dept. of Engineering Cybernetics. Inventor and Technical Advisor on the D•ICE technology.

A world-leading expert in UAV technology and on the forefront of cybernetics research and innovation. With a successful entrepreneurial background and his heavy research foundation, Tor Arne is well-suited and heavily committed to bringing D•ICE to the industry, through his guidance as an advisor and through his position on the board of UBIQ Aerospace.

Kristin Jørstad
Kristin Jørstad
Chairperson of the board of UBIQ Aerospace and Head of IPR Management, NTNU Technology Transfer AS

After 10 years in corporate law, Kristin moved into the technology transfer business focusing on spinoffs and is now heading the D-ICE commercialisation activities.

Fredrik Storflor Moen
Fredrik Storflor Moen
Business Developer, NTNU Technology Transfer AS

Fredrik has a diverse background from the Norwegian Special Forces and the Oil and Gas industry. Combined with a Master’s degree in Engineering, his experience brings valuable insight into key markets and value chains.

Christian Gutvik
Christian Gutvik
Business Developer, NTNU Technology Transfer AS

Christian Gutvik has a strong background from serving as a board member and CEO of several tech companies. Combined with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Modelling and Control, he adds valuable experience and competences to the team.

Artur Piotr Zolich
Artur Piotr Zolich
Lead System Developer

Following his Master’s Degree in Control Engineering and Robotics, from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, Artur began to work as a software engineer and UAS specialist for Flytronic and later an R&D scientist for Honeywell. In 2014 Artur, came to Norway to do a Ph.D. focused on autonomous control and communication architectures for coordinated operation of unmanned vehicles. Receiving his Ph.D. in the fall of 2018, Artur will continue his work as a Post Doctoral fellow. He also brings his comprehensive and versatile skillset to the UBIQ Aerospace team as Lead Systems Developer.

Richard Hann
Richard Hann
Lead Systems Analysist

After receiving his Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, Richard went to Norway and employment at Statoil, where he worked as an engineer for upstream mechanical equipment. In 2016 Richard began his Ph.D., with the specific focus of simulating and analyzing icing on unmanned aircraft. Receiving his Ph.D. in the fall of 2019, Richard is set to continue his work at the university. He also brings his invaluable expertise to the UBIQ Aerospace team as Lead Systems analyst.

Contact

If you are interested in our technology, please do not hestitate to contact us.

Contact

If you are interested in our technology, please do not hestitate to contact us.