Mobile Recon Systems has pushed the boundaries on lift capacity with the release of its new UAV, capable of lifting more than its own weight.
The company says the new model, named Dauntless, has been designed to set new records for what multi-rotor UAVs can carry.
At 78 pounds, the drone has lifted an additional payload of 100 pounds as a tethered quadcopter and is expected to lift over 200 pounds as an octocopter, with a generator-powered flight time of several hours.
On the new release, Mobile Recon Systems founder, Mike Dowell, said: “Drones have proven to be great for videography. But, uses beyond that have been limited by low lift capacity, limited flight time, and narrow functional capability. With the Dauntless, that is no longer the case.”
Mobile Recon Systems says, as well as carrying 160 pounds of supplies in a climate-controlled box, it can also be fitted with sensors, radiation detectors a radar among other devices to be capable in missions aside from transport.
Dowell explained the process behind the multi-use device, he said: “The Dauntless is ideal for border and perimeter security, as well as natural disaster response, medical emergency first response, routine inspections and aerial analysis, and mapping.
He added: “With its lift capacity, it can carry high end LiDAR and cameras, as well as supplies. Our flexible platform offers a myriad of possibilities.”
The new UAV also has a full 3K military grade carbon fibre body to ensure strength along with waterproof and sandproof properties.