Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC) has announced the design completion and specifications of a wide-body version of its successful GD-2000 cargo delivery drone.
The unveiling is set for July 20-24, 2020 at YEC booth 4470, Farnborough International Airshow.
Developed by YEC based on real-time demand from U.S. and allied foreign government Special Operators including the U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR).
The new wide-body is 60% larger than the standard Silent Arrow GD-2000, with a 140cu/ft cargo bay that accommodates five times more life-saving supplies, medicines and tactical cargo.
YEC’s founder and CEO, Chip Yates, commented: “The YEC engineering team used current flight data from the inaugural GD-2000 product line along with extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to optimize the aerodynamics and glide ratio of this rather massive cargo delivery platform.”
Adding: “With two launch customers on hand, our accelerated schedule delivers development units by the end of March 2020 and 10 flight test units throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2020.”