Parallel Flight has announced the inaugural flight of its hybrid multirotor system which will allow drones to carry their own weight in payload.
The new system also allows drones to fly for longer alongside the upgraded payload sizes.
Currently patent-pending, Parallel is planning to launch the new rotor system for firefighter support, with some of its early tests seeing drones lifting large chainsaws used for fighting rural forest fires.
Additionally, the system will be deployed for use in rural unmanned logistics and agriculture.
Parallel Flight Technologies CEO, Joshua Resnick, said: “We’re very excited that our prototype is finally off the ground and proving to be every bit as effective for payload and duration as we imagined it in our drawing board.
“We are also excited to be kicking off joint demonstration missions with our early partners in 2020. We, as a company, are ready to move to the next phase.”
In order to raise the needed funding for the next stage in development, Parallel Flight has launched a crowdfunding campaign through Startengine.
Parallel Flight expects to launch its first commercially available aircraft beta for customers at the tail end of 2020.