Friday, May 24, 2024

VoloDrone, a giant cargo drone capable of carrying 200 kg

We just have seen DJI’s new Mavic Mini, which is its smallest drone to the date. While some manufacturers are focusing on smaller sized and folding drones, others are rolling out monster drones.

The German startup Volocopter, well-known for its flying taxi models and VoloPort, has introduced a huge drone this time. Called VoloDrone, it is an unmanned drone equipped with 18-rotor capable of carrying a load of up to 200 kg. The drone can be remote-controlled or set to a pre-planned route in autonomous mode.

As you can see in the pictures, this fully electric drone has a total of 18 rotors on the top, distributed in a circumference of 9.2 meters in diameter. The 2.3 m tall drone takes almost the same space as its air taxi counterpart.

VoloDrone in flight
VoloDrone in flight

Instead of carrying passengers, the VoloDrone is focused directly on transporting heavy-loads from the air. Besides, the drone can serve a great variety of purposes, from transporting boxes to liquids, to equipment and beyond.

The new VoloDrone can carry a payload of 440 lbs (200 kg) at a distance of 25 miles (40 km) with maximum speeds of 68 mph (110 km/h). It comes with a swappable battery system, which takes no more than five minutes to change.

The company says VoloDrone is designed to accept different types of crap at its bottom. At the moment, it is not known when we will see it in the skies.