100 kg payload and a range of 1,000 km. On the Isle of Wight (United Kingdom), a drone delivers medical equipment to a hospital up to ten times a day. “The design is functional. I like to see it as a kind of Land Rover from the sky, because it is very robust, very resistant, very easy to repair. Equipped with two engines, it is able to fly a single engine, therefore very reliable”says Jim Scalan of the British University of Southampton.
The flight takes around 10 minutes, which considerably reduces the delivery time between the island and the mainland. “Deliveries are made either by a boat which is really slow, or by a piloted plane which is really expensive. An inexpensive platform like this can reliably deliver many things, and can fly at night, in the fog and in bad weather “, says Jim Scalan. Developed by the University of Southampton, the drone has received a flight authorization to participate in the fight against Covid-19 by helping hospitals.