The DPI DP-14 is a multi-mission unmanned aerial system (UAS) designed for precision aerial resupply. The DP-14’s advanced tandem design enables class-leading cargo carrying capacity, range, and endurance while minimizing footprint. The system can carry 200+ lbs. payloads beyond 81 miles and sprint to speeds up to 105 kt.
DP-14: Key Capabilities
- Useful weight: 430 lbs
- 23 Cubic foot internal cargo area
- No runway or recovery equipment required
- Self-launch and self-recover in unprepared sites
- Extend range: Vary fuel versus payload to optimize range and endurance for each mission
- Fast and agile: Speed up to 105 kts.
- Crosswinds 40 knots
- All-terrain landing gear for uneven ground, slopes to 15 degrees, and heaving pitching rolling ships
- Fits in a 20 ft shipping container, work van or utility trailer
- Simple, two-person operation. Setup and fly within 15 minutes.
- Automatic waypoint navigation
- User-defined lost-link protocols
- Detailed aircraft status information
- Transfer control to a remote operator for on-scene control
Internal and External Payload
The DP-14 is a modular tandem helicopter, with a wide center of gravity envelope. With the DP-14, you can configure it to optimize your payloads for your specific applications.
Payload – The DP-14 is designed to carry 430 lbs useful load
Operators can increase range by trading payload for fuel.
Autonomous Cargo Drops
A tandem UAV, the DP-14 has a stable hover and can operate in gusting winds to 40 kts. The also has 1 ms autopilot cycling and rapid pitch correction during autonomous cargo offloading. These capabilities allow for precision cargo drops with accuracy better than 3 meters, in real-world flight conditions.
Takeoff, Landing, and Unloading
Take-Off / Lift. The classic tandem design of the DP-14 requires 24% less power than single-rotor helicopters during hover since all power generated is devoted to lift.
Small Landing Site Size. The DP-14 has a smaller footprint than today’s comparable resupply UAVs, so its landing site can also be smaller. This enables more options for landing and offloading in challenging terrain.
Autonomous Take-Off / Landing. The DP-14 uses IMU and GPS, not visual cues, for takeoff and landing, and an ultrasonic sensor as a rangefinder to determine the height from the ground during landing. These sensors allow for landing even in brownouts and degraded visual environments (DVE).