German startup WingCopter has launched a new autonomous delivery drone designed to overcome the technical bottleneck that hindered the growth of drone transport services.
The Wingcopter 198, which came out on Tuesday, is capable of three different deliveries per flight, the company said. WingCopter has distinguished this multi-stop capability as an important feature that will allow it to develop a cost-efficient and predictably profitable – drone delivery as a service business.
The company, which was founded in 2017, got its own starting drone. It used revenue on a scale and now expanded its business model to include drone-delivery-as-a-service. “Actually our next mission is not only to build drones, but to build networks,” CEO Tom Plummer told ClearTips. The company’s website is now promoting the delivery business, which aims to provide healthcare, e-commerce and grocery delivery, among other services. Its ultimate objective is to create a “logistics highway in the sky”, according to a statement by Plummer.
The key to this delivery nirvana, the company claims, is its patented tilt-rotor propellant system that combines the benefits of two drone types – multicopters, which give drones their smooth vertical vertical landing and landing capabilities and the ability to hover properly is. Wind, with fixed wing, which provides fast flight time over long distances.
The new model wingcopter 198 has a speed of 93 miles in an hour and can carry a payload of up to 13 pounds for a distance of about 47 miles on a single battery charge. The company said that it can travel up to 68 miles by carrying lighter cargo.
Plummer explained that tilt-rotors can react automatically in wind gusts and other inclement weather conditions. Its architecture includes eight motors for redundancy and security reasons.
Drones, which are equipped with sensors and software, which are automated to avoid obstacles and drop parcels at designated sites. This level of automation allows a human operator to monitor and control up to 10 of these new drones from a computer equipped with WingCopter’s control station software anywhere in the world. Plummer explained that running a drone is a ‘start’ pressing operator on software programs from anywhere in the world.
Plummer also avoided the scalability of the tilt-rotor system, noting that it could (theoretically) be applied to a larger aircraft to carry cargo (or human passengers).
“It’s just a cost factor,” Plummer said, noting that the company already employs people who have experience in aviation and aerial engineering needed for one day to scale tilt-rotor aircraft Carry. “However, we thought, let’s start with the smaller version … get the most out of them [flight] Hours, kilometers maximum, and carry these lessons to every next generation of wingcopters so that they become increasingly large, first for cargo, later for maneuverability. “
Plummer said he had drawn a hard line in working with any company or government institution that would use their drones for military or surveillance purposes.
“It’s mainly ethical,” he said of the objection. “We believe that this will not really fit our vision. Our vision is to save lives and improve lives by using drone technology and drone solutions.”
Looking to the future, the company is currently taking a type of certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, which will allow it to operate commercial flights in the United States. If he receives this certificate, he will be one of the few competitors working in space. He has set his sights on another funding round, the heels of a $ 22 million Series A round in January. The company has about 120 employees but with the additional injection of capital into a Series B, it can hire people specializing in AI, piloting and production.