- Aug 12, 2015
Idea forge vibe.....T-Works built autonomous hybrid UAV covers 45km
Hyderabad City-based makers lab T-Works on Thursday said it has developed an indigenous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can cover up to 45 km in 33 minutes. This UAV has completed over 30 test flights over the course of a week, passing various parameters such as maximum range, endurance, waypoint navigation, and return-to-launch capabilities, it said.
T-Works designed and fabricated the airframe and its components using software design tools, 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing machines.
A winged aircraft consumes up to 75% less power than a conventional multi-rotor since the wings help produce the additional buoyant force, as a result of which it can carry much heavier payloads over much larger distances.
Sujai Karampuri, CEO T-Works, said “The best battery powered multi-rotors in the world are limited to a 40km range while the most common and affordable ones are limited to around 20-25km after which the battery must be recharged or replaced. For wider applications and to cover longer distances, say over 100km, with speed, we must break this range barrier. Here, fixed-wing VTOL UAVs are an efficient option.”
Apart from medical supplies delivery, the UAV can be used for surveying, inspection, defence applications, surveillance, and as a testbed for experimental payloads. The next version of this UAV will have a range of 100km with a payload capacity of 3.5kg.
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