This VTOL drone has two wings in tandem, like biplanes. A configuration that is usually not very aerodynamic, but which nevertheless shows its effectiveness on this device.
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At the beginning of the last century, biplanes were the norm. In 1903, it was with a biplane that the Wright brothers made the very first powered flight. And it is precisely this wing configuration that was used to create a completely new and innovative drone in China. Imagined and designed by researchers from the Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and physiquephysique of Changchun, under the aegis of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it was unveiled during the China High-Tech Fair (China Hi-Tech Fair)in Shenzhen.
The drone is an eVTOL type, meaning it can take off and land vertically with its four motors located near the wingtips. It tilts and then passes on the horizontal plane to fly in cruise. But its greatest particularity lies in its two arrow-shaped wings arranged in tandem. This type of configuration increases the surface area alairealaire, which means that the drone is not necessarily very fast, but it gains in maneuverability. The other advantage is that it can carry a heavier load than a monoplane and it consumes less energy.energyenergy. On the other hand, the presence of the two wings generates more drag.
A military destiny?
The machine weighs around 50 kilos and can carry up to 18 kilos of payload. It is presented as durable, since its battery would have a autonomy of four hours. Although it is not the most aerodynamic choice, with this tandem vertical takeoff and landing are efficient, since theaéronefaéronef can withstand strong winds of up to 60 km/h, which is normally unthinkable for a drone. Likewise, researchers tested it in extreme temperatures of up to -40°C. He was also able to reach an altitude of 5,500 meters. With this potential, the drone could be used to fulfill numerous civilian missions, but due to the military’s current enthusiasm for this type of aircraft and its carrying capacity, it could well be intended for them.
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