Year after year, we can see the increasing amount of aircraft with electrical powerplant (AEPs). Beginning from the small aircraft, now this family includes the aircraft from several grams to tons, from several centimeters to hundred meters, from minutes of flight time to months of flight time, from meters above the Earth till tens of kilometers... Nowadays piloted electrical airplanes appear that can compete with “traditional” small airplanes in several years.

The same words we can say for Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). One can see the growth of UAVs types and total amount of UAVs. They compete with piloted aviation in flight time, altitude, ability to fly in dangerous conditions including chemical and nuclear hazard zones.

The most part of AEPs are UAVs. AEPs also use technologies from the aircraft with another type of powerplants. From this point of view, it is important to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of this aircraft together, to focus on common problems but keep in mind peculiarities of each type of aircraft.

The main disadvantage of AEPs is the low value of energy density (ED) of energy storage (accumulators etc.). One way of ED increasing is the usage of fuel cells. The aircraft with fuel cell is, on the one hand, an electrical aircraft. On the other hand it has some peculiarities of aircraft with fuel (for example, its mass changes during the flight, it might require the ambient air for the chemical reaction).

As the energy density of accumulators is not high enough there are at least two ways of AEP performance increasing. One of them is to search for more “energetic” accumulators and improve the existing technologies. Another way is to use optimal flight regimes including, may be, the unsteady ones.

One of the AEPs advantages is the ability of miniaturization. However, all the systems of AEP must be miniaturized. One of them is electronic devices, especially autopilot system. Therefore, the tendencies of electronics miniaturization must be taken into account.

Small aircraft can fly in “non-traditional” places and conditions, for example in town. These conditions assume not only the complex lay of land but also complex wind and vortices pattern.

Now we see the huge growth of copter market – in the near future they will be everywhere.

Solar-powered aircraft projects show the increasing of the technology level and give the hope to see the commercial implementation of this idea in the near future.

The idea of this Conference is to make the meeting of scientists and specialists working in the field of electrical (unmanned and manned) aircraft, to exchange ideas in this topic, to discuss joint efforts, etc.

To have the good understanding in these fields it is also necessary to know the situation in the related fields and in the neighborhood. That is why we have broadened the list of conference topics.

The organizer of this Conference is Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). Also among the sponsors and co-organizers are Central AeroHydrodynamical Institute (TsAGI), Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR).

The main ideas of this Conference are to analyze and understand the peculiarities of UAVs and AEPs, to define the ways of progress and technologies required for these types of aircraft.


Summarizing the above mentioned, we propose the following topics of the conference

  • Flight dynamics and aerodynamic aspects of the flight of the RPAS and the aircraft with electrical power plant
  • Unsteady aerodynamics and flight dynamics of the RPAS
  • Design of the RPAS and the aircraft with electrical power plant
  • Certification of RPAS & RPAS Pilots & Operators
  • RPAS safety in the non-segregated airspace
  • Remotely piloted and small aircraft vehicles in orographic turbulence conditions
  • Extremal and record-breaking flights
  • Theory and practice of the “unconventional” flying vehicles(flappingwing,balloons, hovercraft, convertiplanes etc.)
  • Avionics, electronics and power sources for the RPAS
  • Small aircraft vehicles: CFD or Wind Tunneltests?
  • Navigation and aircraft motion control
  • RPAS design and structure
  • Neural networks in airspace science
  • RPAS acoustics
  • RPAS swarming and closed formation flight
  • Involving young people into the aerospace science

Round tables for some topics can also be organized.





Speakers are responsible to obtain any possibly required clearances from their national authorities.