Cargo drone by Air
Today, the delivery is usually involved couriers who have access to customers bypassing the many traffic jams. Because of this, people can expect your package a few hours or even days, but what would happen if the transportation of goods was engaged in flying in the sky drones? Experience Amazon company, which for several years now delivers packages with drones shows that customers get their products several times faster. Sorry, unable to lift the weight more than 3 pounds, but the United States has developed a machine with a load capacity of 225 pounds.
This flying truck we have . It is being developed by American company Air two years ago developers claimed that he is able to lift up to 70 pounds of cargo. A single battery charge, according to their calculations, should be enough to overcome 300 kilometers, which at that time was a pretty good indicator. Since then, the developers were not in place in August 2019 for the first time has demonstrated its ability to fly.
Externally, the drone by Air similar to a small passenger plane. On both sides of its body are two beams with three propellers for vertical takeoff and landing. To move forward, the drone uses additional, horizontal screw located on the back of the machine. Battery energy and power hybrid engine (electricity+fuel), enough to cover 500 kilometers.
by Air — the drone with the largest carrying capacity
The hull Weight of the drone is 551 pounds. A cargo container mounted under the body, it can withstand a weight of 225 pounds. The developers hope that this will be enough to transport large parcels and the delivery of humanitarian assistance in places of natural disasters. Sounds pretty cool, given that the drone is positioned as a drone. It turns out that he can fly in the right place without the need of control by humans.
At the moment the drone by Air tested in the National guard of the United States "camp Roberts", which is located in the U.S. state of California. During the first test unit just showed that he could fly. Now developers are other, more complex tasks. At least they have to show us the ability of the apparatus to build their own flight routes and promised to lift 225 kilograms of cargo.
As you can see, until the company can show something truly amazing. But the project by Air is a very interesting and promising. Developers want to modify the device and release it into commercial use in 2020. It is hoped that it will be as cool as it is described. If so, then our packages from the same Aliexpress to fly to the us for a couple of months, and a maximum of a few weeks. Sounds great, right?
Just a bit perplexed by the fact that many media called Elroy Air drone. If you take into account the design with the presence of a pusher propeller behind the hull, the drone rather an aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing. You should also consider the presence of the engine operating both on electricity and on liquid fuel — this is true for aircraft, but not for drones.
by Air is more like a vertical take-off aircraft, not a drone.
A Typical aircraft with vertical take-off shown in the image above is the Yak-141. He is able to take off and land at zero speed using the vertical thrust of the engine. Perhaps in the future on this type of aircraft will transport passengers. The development is already engaged in one of the British companies.
Finally, let's discuss what other purposes you can use the aerial truck? Write your guesses in the comments or, even better, to .
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