Canisters with 18.9 liters of fuel on the hull of the two-meter hybrid quadrocopter Airborg H8 10K. Top Flight Technologies
Top Flight Technologies company offered an interesting concept of hybrid quadrocopters, which can be in the air for several hours, fly long distances and carry heavy loads. While up to 15 kg, but in the future – up to 100 kg, that is, one or two people.
Such "abilities" kvadrokopter received thanks to a hybrid power plant: the energy for a 10-kilowatt electric motor is produced by burning gasoline.
The new quadrocopter is called Airborg H8 10K. This is a large machine with a swing of screws almost two meters. Dimensions 195 × 160 × 150 cm.
The eight-rotor quadrocopter (4 × 2 screws) is equipped with 34-inch (86 cm) propellers made of carbon fiber, removable grippers for cargo. The expected time of flight with a cargo of up to 4 kg is three hours, with a cargo of up to 15 kg – one hour. Accordingly, the maximum distance, on which the quadrocopter can deliver cargo, depends on the flight time. The maximum speed of the vehicle is 64 km / h, and the maximum distance is called the 160 km
However, the speed depends on the wind. In conditions of sand and wind contamination, the maximum speed is reduced to 56 km / h, which is also quite a lot.
Brain UAV – autopilot system Advanced Autopilot System manufactured by Top Flight Technologies. It changes the settings and monitors the state of the hybrid power plant, which consists of a 10-kilowatt engine (7.7 kg), tanks with 5 gallons of fuel (about 18.9 liters) and a 6000 mAh lithium polymer battery (50 V).
The Quadrocopter operates in manual, semi-autonomous or fully autonomous modes. To record everything happening on board, an airborne recorder is installed. It is possible to control a quadrupter from a distance of up to 3.2 km, and to take telemetry readings from 15 km
Top Flight Technologies claims that it was the first in the world to demonstrate the successful integration of a hybrid powerplant into a multi-copter, which is ready for mass production and sales. Although the price is not called, the company says that the price will be very attractive.
In its time, the company set a world record: UAV survived in the air for more than 2.5 hours on one gallon of fuel (3.79 l).
] By the way, Top Flight Technologies has an interesting co-founder and executive director. This is Dr. Long Phan, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Back in the mid-90s, he helped design the world's first unmanned helicopter, then in the early 2000s he was one of the first to apply algorithmic high-frequency trading on Wall Street. Now he has shown himself as one of the pioneers in the development of hybrid quadrocopters.
"Using an energy source with such a high energy density as gasoline, converting it into electrical energy, and doing efficiently, we get the equivalent of a" super battery " Says Dr. Fan.
Similar quadrocopters on gasoline can be useful in different areas: to collect information from remote remote regions; For the inspection of facilities: power lines, gas and oil pipelines; Transportation of relatively heavy goods; Aerial photography, mapping; Using virtually any equipment at the same time (load capacity allows): multispectral surveying in real time, 4G communications, remote sensing, automatic direction finder, object tracking system, etc. The machine can be equipped and adapted for any task.
The Quadrocopter can be used in the work of emergency services. For example, the police, the Emergency Situations Ministry and ambulance can send a fast car ahead of them – and they will be aware of the situation by the time they arrive.
Now the company is conducting a survey of potential customers and agencies, what changes are needed to make a design in order to get certification of each A certain area.
Sales of the quadrocopter will begin in the fall of 2017. Perhaps then, indeed, the commercial delivery of goods will become a reality, because now everything is frozen at the stage of experiments because of the limited distance that ordinary multicopters on batteries can carry, and their limited load capacity.
Well Top Flight Technologies Meanwhile, started developing a 100-kilowatt version of a multi-copter that can raise 100 kg, that is, raise one or two people in the air for 2-3 hours to transfer to the right place. Get a kind of air taxi with an autopilot. It is very convenient if such a taxi will work through the application from the smartphone.