Project Wing and Burritos

Full disclosure, I know not what a burrito is nor the company Chipotle Mexican Grill. But I do know who Virginia Tech and Project Wing are.

“It’s the first time that we’re actually out there delivering stuff to people who want that stuff,” Project Wing’s Dave Vos said when explaining the plan.

The Project Wing drone will cross over a fenced-off field near the campus of Virginia Tech, staying VLOS at all times. They will be testing the delivery mechanism, a winch system. Making note of any damage or temperature drop that might occur in flight.

Apparently, food was chosen because of its very fragile nature.

What Dave Voss might have added is that their chances of actually delivering something in the real world are much higher than Amazons as they actually have a way of doing it. They have several separate lift thrust platforms (SLT) if a video from earlier this year and the FAA N register is to be believed. The tail sitter was abandoned.

They have several separate lift thrust platforms (SLT) if a video from earlier this year and the FAA N register is to be believed. The tail sitter was abandoned.

Unless Amazon shows us some real video, not CGI of their SLT I think we can assume they have nothing. The presentation at Farnborough 2016 was woeful and derision abounded amongst a savvy audience.

I also believe Google is not part of the airspace grab that Amazon recommends.

Now off to find a recipe for burritos.