Pretty awesome use of drones. Nice to see them scale up from the early tests
Same company, different application:
Love how they launch them.
It’s interesting that with all of the focus on multirotor drones, we often forget the benefits of fixed-wing aircraft, i.e. much longer flight times, larger payloads etc.
As a side note, their battery pack is pretty serious, although it looks hand made:
(screen shot from the video)
Possibly a 6S4P (6 in series, so 22v, and 4 in parallel to get the needed capacity). The odd thing is the density of cells is very low. Perhaps for cooling? though I don’t see ant vents in the body of the aircraft for airflow.
I think we’ll start seeing a lot of VTOL airplanes that combine benefits from both worlds. Classic airplanes with large enough useful payloads just can’t be used everywhere simply because of the requirements for take-off and landing. Or unique mechansims for handling the launch/recovery, like ScanEagle UAVs do with their catapult launch and cable recovery mechansim : YouTube (1:00 for launch, 1:45 for recovery). Or we’ll start seeing craft like the fanwing, which is now capable of Short TOL but is theoretically capable of VTOL. YouTube
Forget ziplines and VTOL, I’m thinking trebuchet launch!