There’s a new generation of drugs that are being built to fly longer distances Jeff Weiner elevations will carry payloads cargo carrying drones could be coming to airspace.
Cargo drones could potentially up and the logistics industry making deliveries that are safe and efficient and environmentally sustainable they could also be a regulatory nature there’s a reason that giant companies like Google and Amazon and UPS are pushing ahead with their plans to build the skies with cargo.
Bonnie Morgan Stanley estimates that autonomous turbine aircraft could eventually become a $1.5 trillion industry by 2040 and that includes everything from vertical takeoff of the aircraft flying cars military UAVs NDS delivery drafts there are a whole bunch of delivery drones that are being tested today what if you want to receive something that’s heavier than it before they can we get all that cash drone operators are out to prove the devices can deliver a social good that’s why so many pilot programs are focused on delivering medicine.
Internet is working with PS to deliver blood samples to hospitals Carolina since the wind is flying in medical supplies to remote locations Wanda superhero’s dispensing vaccine other medications to tiny islands of the Pacific all those clothes exist today but what about the ones that are still under development heavy lifters it’s called and cargo drugs drugs that are built to fly higher and further than anything available today all while carrying
really heavy loads.
The Sabre wing is working on a prototype that can achieve speeds of up to 180 kn cruising altitude as high as 22,000 feet is called regal which yes is one of the dragons from conference others called novice and it’s working on a 30 foot prototype about the size and weight of a military creditor will be capable of transporting 700 pounds of cargo a distance of 2500 nautical miles company is also working on a larger scale to Tun Frieder about the size of a Boeing 777 both companies are using measurements associated with boats because there be designed to take off and land in the water and that’s because they probably won’t get the regulatory approval to fly over populated areas.
King of Boeing Aerospace giant is working on its own heavy duty drunk capable of carrying he puts a 500 pounds current work goes into building a cargo ground to find out we visited the offices of Elroy air in San Francisco to see that company’s autonomous vehicle drones for ourselves L Roy CEO Dave Merrill talked about the challenge of building an aircraft capable of carrying this kind of way at this scale there’s a lot more modeling the goes and a lot more aired in Mexico’s and you need more capital you need specialized expertise for testing each building block so it’s really a different kind of effort in building smaller ground system.
Merrill said that while some companies are retrofitting their drones for autonomous flight Elroy is building its aircraft to be self flying from the one they are being built to attach the drop cargo as well as take off and land without any human interaction so the aircraft is able to land Texas to a cargo pod pick it up and then take off again without being a person to come out and load or unload the system we did that to save time so the aircraft can just stay always in motion always being utilized and they also were designed for much longer range most delivery drones people are thinking about the last mile we think about the last hundred miles.
Elroy envisions it system being used deliver packages over medium distances in rule areas or between distribution centers the benefit of vertical takeoff and landing is that you have a lot more flexibility in where the system can operate from so it can take off and land from an airport or helipad but also can take off from a parking lot or the rooftop of the parking garage or even a field the company hopes to have a fleet of autonomous drones in the air making deliveries by 2020 I don’t think it’s as far away as as we think.
Thank you think that companies are betting that some portion of automated flight are going to be moving stuff around it’s not just small pack this idea of using drones to goods giant warehouses super interest but also he raises some valid concerns about energy consumption 2018 study the journal nature found that electric drones will be more efficient trunks and cars bedroom can reduce greenhouse gas emissions per package delivery in most areas of the country by a decent amount didn’t really little of both carbon in the city grid layout Weston in New York State you can reduce it by half or more in the study found that benefits may be reduced once electricity use for recharging warehousing was factored in drones clearly have less environmental impact one item delivery by car.
The big problem is regulation unresolved issues include whether it is safe to allow drones to fly Viada pilots visual line of sight operated night what if I were people to answer these questions the FAA created a pilot program to see how a Druid delivery system might look real life wing and Hooper are two of the companies participating but not Amazon which is instead testing instruments with a consortium of European companies built the tech development race for urban air mobility is going on right now the technology as it advances should think through how it’s going to meet those certifications and make it make it safe for everybody to whatever set of guidelines the FAA private sector come up with that huge implications for cargo drugs but also maybe for the way that we get around in cities and future urban air mobility is increasingly a hot pursuit among tech and aerospace company as ridiculous as it sounds the idea of flying cars gaining serious traction for investing hundreds of millions of dollars in drilling companies today because they believe that they will be more efficient and better for the environment than the current system that’s making people really nervous of pew research Center survey 2017 found that 11% of Americans support through 1234% fever some limits up to 4% disapprove of drones flying your residential areas they cite privacy and noise as their top concerns developers can address these concerns and build out and network delivery drawings and are quite safe and efficient well skies the limit