Volocopter has presented the demonstrator of its VoloDrone today, marking the company’s expansion into the logistics, agriculture, infrastructure and public services industry.
The VoloDrone is an unmanned, fully electric, heavy-lift utility drone capable of carrying a payload of up to 200 kg (440 lbs).
With a standardized payload attachment, designers say VoloDrone can serve a variety of purposes from transporting boxes, to liquids, to equipment and beyond.
The rotor area of the VoloDrone has a diameter of 9.2m and sits at 2.3m in height.
It can be remotely piloted or flown in automated mode on pre-set routes.
Use cases include transporting heavy packages to remote locations, protecting crops in agriculture, lifting voluminous parts on buildings on construction sites, and many more. Anywhere ground transportation means are challenged by difficult accessibility, the VoloDrone may help by adding the air delivery dimension.
Chief engineer at VoloDrone, Christophe Hommet, said: “Since the very beginning, we have worked with strategic partners across different industries to develop a product that will provide significant value in their specific use cases.”
Adding: “It is therefore designed as a universal air-lift vehicle that can be adapted to different use cases by special-purpose implements. Listening to the market demands is key for us.”
The company went on to say that the first flight of the VoloDrone demonstrator in October 2019 marks the beginning of intensive customer interaction in real-life applications, which provides the basis for the serial product.