Very, very interesting. It’s been a while since I have seen a genuinely different platform and UAVentures and CLARDI seem to have hit the nail on the head with complex simplicity.
Just watch the video, it looks like its meant to be in the air. This sort of thing is not simple at all, if you have ever flown an RC autogyro you know they are pigs! (But fun)
I would very much like to see this platform in Rwanda at the African Drone Forum competition next year.
The AirRails flight control platform now supports helicopter drones as the result of multi-year cooperation with a renowned European sports aircraft manufacturer who has shifted to drone design and manufacturing.
The first two products to be released are a 20kg and 100kg drone that merge the best of gyrocopter and helicopter technology into a single system for a fully autonomous, vertical takeoff and landing capable drone in helicopter mode and an efficient forward flight in an autorotating gyrocopter mode. They are capable of operating throughout the entire speed range from 0 km/h to more than 150km/h.
The high-quality modular design allows for simple switching of a range of light to heavy payloads with an impressive endurance in both hover and forward “autorotation” flight. The GT range will play a significant role in the agricultural, security and delivery sectors in the very near future.
UAVenture has been heavily involved in the project from in inception, through the design and prototyping phases and on towards production readiness early 2020, once again demonstrating our strength in embedding ourselves deep in the manufacturing team to bring out the best all round product possible.
More information about the manufacturer, specs and availability will be available soon.