In the U.S. converted a civilian helicopter into a drone. UAVOS has developed a cargo drone based on a light two-seater Robinson R-22 helicopter. This is stated in the company’s statement.
According to the developers of the drone, the new device is designed both for delivery of cargo and for use in search and rescue and humanitarian operations. It is capable of carrying cargo weighing up to 180 kilograms. The device can stay in the air for up to six hours and reach speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour. The maximum range of the drone is 1,020 kilometers. Other details of the project were not disclosed.
The new drone is able to take off and land automatically, as well as follow the route. The unmanned R-22 needs a flat platform of at least 15 meters long and wide to land.
Note that this development based on the Robinson helicopter is not the first. Last December, the Development of a Robinson R-44 helicopter was announced by the American company Skyrise. They installed a “smart pilot” system on the propeller-winged machine.
Skyrise Flight Stack’s advanced system consists of a dozen sensors and safety systems that track the movement of the device, preventing accidents.
According to the company, the new system can be used for reconnaissance or delivery of goods to the war zone, and if necessary – even as a target in exercises.