BAE Systems to build T-650 cargo quadcopter with a capacity of 300 kg
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles are already actively used to deliver small packages to designated areas. However, some creators are keen to develop drones to deliver massive loads over long distances.
British aerospace company BAE Systems, in partnership with Malloy Aeronautics, has announced its intention to explore the development of a fully electric “heavy-lift” unmanned aerial system (UAS) as a potential new solution to provide airlift capability. cost-effective and long-lasting rapid response. military, security and civilian customers.
The two UK-based companies plan to develop a T-650 heavy-lift electric UAS concept vehicle that they claim can carry payloads of over 660 lbs (300 kg) up to 30 km (19 miles). with a single charge of its batteries. Without a payload, the drone has a range of 80 km (50 miles). The heavy transport drone could fly autonomously or remotely, reaching a top speed of 140 km / h (87 mph).
The electric UAS T-650 would have a lightweight, advanced carbon structure and large propeller blades to maximize fuel efficiency. Its extended arms would be removable, thus facilitating transport and storage.
The company has not revealed more details on the functionality of the cargo quadcopter, but says the advanced technology could be used for a range of applications ranging from logistics activity such as performing ship-to-ship movements. and from ship to shore with the potential to carry weapons and sensors to support military and security operations on land and at sea.
“Emitting zero carbon, the unmanned system could help revolutionize military operations where it is necessary to carry heavy loads, helping to keep military personnel out of harm’s way in dangerous situations to carry heavy loads, helping to keep military personnel out of danger in dangerous situations or disaster areas, while reducing the environmental impact of our armed forces ”, specifies BAE System.
Once proven, the Electric Air vehicle could expand into a wider application, such as battlefield casualty evacuation. A number of civil / commercial use cases have also been identified.