WingcopterThe Wingcopter is a versatile hybrid drone designed to offer lifesaving support in emergency situations. The aircraft has been designed so that it can be vertically launched and landed anywhere. Couple this with a reported flight time of up to 2 hours, a range of 100km and speeds reaching 150km/h and you’re looking at a nifty bit of kit. The aptly named Wingcopter is a cross between a multirotor and a fixed wing. The company claims that it can switch between these two functionalities in seconds allowing for a versatile approach to each individual search and rescue operation. Designed to reach the scene ahead of first responders and beam images directly back to the control room, the Wingcopter has the potential to save lives by providing increased levels of on-site information to help teams prioritise their approach. It’s a great looking machine which can, according to its creators, remain stable in challenging weather conditions and winds reaching up to 50km/h which would make it a robust addition to emergency service provision.
Wireless Drone ChargingOne of the most frequent complaints you’ll hear from drone pilots is that they’re severely limited by short battery life. Of course, there’s the option to simply pack a few more but this still involved bringing the aircraft down and abandoning whatever you were doing. This is something that the Multi-Perspective Constant Aerial Surveillance System from East Hawk is looking to change. It currently has two solutions available: one which uses thin, tangle free power cables known as the stationary tethered aerial robot system but it’s the other option that will have people talking. Using a ‘3D wireless charging platform’, the solution offers the first ever omnidirectional wireless charging for drones allowing them to stay in the air until the job is done. As you can see, there’s still a fair way to go until wirelessly charged drones fill the skies but it’s certainly an interesting concept that’s going to turn a few heads.
IntelliDronesCreated to reduce the possibility of human error in the operation of drones in challenging environments, IntelliDrones promises a system which controls a fleet of unmanned aircraft throughout complex tasks. The main features being advertised are:
- Automatic flight path planning and optimisation
- Real-time tracking in dynamic environments
- Autonomous battery charging by drones
- Recharge scheduling and optimisation to maximise flight times
SkycartBilled as ‘the world’s first fully automated drone delivery service’ Skycart has been developed to help everyone from hospitals to courier services, retailers to restaurants with the reduction of shipping costs. Leasing their drones for a monthly fee to help businesses tackle the costly ‘last mile’ delivery stage, Skycart’s UAVs offer the ability to provide rapid supply to consumers who increasingly demand instant gratification. Using autonomous drones which the company claims are around 60% more efficient than commonly used shipping methods, the process sounds very intuitive. When booking a delivery, customers enter their address into the Skycart app; one of their drones receives these instructions and takes over, picking up the package and flying it to its destination for a timely, safe drop off. Their patented ‘automated transportation system’ combines drone hardware, a mobile application and cloud-based data storage to provide a streamlined solution for both businesses and their customers. Already having gained a contract with Switzerland’s Swiss Post, Skycart is certainly one to watch. We have previously covered the potential of drone delivery from companies such as Amazon here on Heliguy Insider, but it’s interesting to see the level of competition that already exists in this nascent market.
FINDERDesigned to identify human heartbeats and breathing, FINDER is an accurate solution being advertised for use by search and rescue teams in the aftermath of natural disasters. This isn’t the extent of its potential, however, as there’s scope for its use by border patrol agencies, military scouting and a range of emergency service use cases. Developed by NASA in their Jet Propulsion Laboratory alongside the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, there is already a great deal of interest in FINDER. The sensors that detect signs of life are attached to the aircraft’s gimbal and transmit signals which are made viewable to the operator on a tablet device. There’s only a need for a single operator and testing has shown FINDER to be even more accurate than traditional detection methods such as using dogs.
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