Silent Arrow 1-Ton Cargo Delivery Drone

The Silent Arrow is the first production ready delivery drone that can handle payloads of 1631lbs.

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The Silent Arrow is the first production ready delivery drone that can handle payloads of 1631lbs. It's an autonomous glider with a 28' wingspan. The wings are spring deployed and when stowed away, the drone takes up a 2x2x8' space. It has a glide ratio of 8.4:1 and it's towed up by either helicopter or a fixed wing aircraft before being released to glide its way to the designated zone. It should be able to deliver a lot of supplies in one run to much needed humanitarian or disaster areas which could ultimately save lives.

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Sep 11, 2019, 01:59 PM
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Where is the landing phase on the video? What if the terrain is obstructed? That stall speed... what if there is a crosswind and it lands sideways to its ground track... is it reusable after that? Looks like there is no place for a mistake during approach as it doesn't have its own propulsion.

Good concept but lots of questions LOL

Why not just drop the supplies using a parachute?
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Sep 11, 2019, 08:28 PM
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Sep 12, 2019, 06:11 AM
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This is a military thing ... designed to be dropped from altitude some distance away where the LZ is in a hostile area. It's not re-usable; they already use a similar system called JPADS which is based on a steerable parachute. This thing would have a much better glide ratio so could be dropped from further away.

Funny to see that it uses Ardupilot
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Sep 12, 2019, 09:50 AM
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Wow this looks surprisingly sketchy. At 1600 lbs this thing must glide like a rock.
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The fact it runs ardupilot is funny. Also it's a glider does that mean it can hook a thermal? Haha seems like it has it's use just not a very big market outside of the military I would assume.


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