January 8, 2023, 09:14 – Public News Service – OSN
An unmanned tiltrotor with a “smart” wing and an autopilot is being developed in Russia. It is designed to deliver goods with vertical takeoff and landing, said Mikhail Lipatov, CEO of M-Industries.
According to him, the flight speed of the drone is over 100 km/h. In addition, it has an increased level of safety due to the variable geometry of the wing “during takeoff and landing, as well as the presence of an autopilot.”
The vehicle Vezdelet will be able to carry up to 50 kg of cargo. It will be able to fly for at least 1.5 hours when fully loaded. The maximum flight altitude is four thousand meters.
Lipatov clarified that the propellers are located vertically during takeoff and landing. At the same time, the UAV is maintained in the air due to the traction force of the propellers.
“When switching to airplane mode, they turn horizontally, and the UAV is supported in the air due to the lifting force that occurs on the wing and walls of the impellers,” the representative of the developer explained.
The device will fly without operator intervention. Lipatov stressed that the production of V-planes is cheaper than helicopters. They are more fuel efficient, they do not require a pilot.
A prototype is planned to be created by the summer of 2023.
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