Global drone company UAVOS has successfully completed tests of its emergency aid cargo delivery UVH-170 unmanned helicopter.
The test flight reportedly took 1.7 hours and covered a standoff distance of 62 miles (100km) across pre-determined pathways.
An 8kg package was delivered without the craft needing to land, nor for a ground control station on the receiving side.
The unmanned helicopter uses line-of-sight (LOS) data link and satellite communication data link to support the BVLOS flights.
The UVH-170 is designed for commercial operations and immediate air response emergency relief under demanding conditions and tight timescales.
It uses a gasoline engine much like a typical helicopter, and it has a maximum takeoff weight of 45kg.
Aliaksei Stratsilatau, CEO and lead developer of UAVOS, said: “As we have seen during the trials, the customers can derive significant benefits from the use of the UVH-170 UAV.
“As a robust VTOL platform, the UVH-170 does not require any additional take off or recovery equipment, which makes it perfect for delivery to remote areas. Besides, the unmanned helicopter has demonstrated capability to operate in windy conditions with gusts more than 14m/s.”