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One Punch Man, Jeremy Clarkson have one thing in common

One Punch Man, Jeremy Clarkson have one thing in common

November 30, 2015 12:28 | By | Add a Comment

Jeremy Clarkson is now working for Amazon, creating a new show with his unique brand of humor. And when he’s not bashing electric vehicles he’s busy announcing things for his new employer. This time it’s Amazon’s new hybrid delivery drone prototype, which combines VTOL capabilities of multicopters with the long range of winged airframes.

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This comes to no surprise for industry experts due to the fact that powered hover flight using a quad rotor system is 10 times less efficient than a single motor pushing a winged aircraft. Thus it makes sense to combine the two in a hybrid approach. This in itself is not new, though it’s the first time we see Amazon go for this approach. Check out the video after the break.

In other news, “One Punch Man” is a japanese anime about a superhero with the unique dilemma that he’s too powerful and thus able to kill any opponent with a single punch. The writers of this manga jumped on the bandwagon, and depict a possible scenario for delivering low-value mail like fan letters. In the anime adaptation, it looks like this:

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Now that delivery drones have made it into popular culture, when do you think this or something like it will become the norm?

Minor nitpick: The cargo and main electronics appear to be located forward of the CG, which doesn’t look like an optimal design 😉

 

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Amazon Drone delivery for you…

Amazon Drone delivery for you…

January 30, 2014 22:11 | By | Add a Comment

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DHL says “me too” too, announces the Paketcopter

DHL says “me too” too, announces the Paketcopter

December 5, 2013 10:16 | By | 1 Comment

You can’t say that we didn’t call this one. We said it’s not too late to slap a company logo on a multirotor for some nice press shots. After Amazon and UPS, DHL is next. Well at least DHL went beyond a mere press statement like UPS, and announced the Paketcopter, a multirotor for small parcel delivery.

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Based on a Microdrone MD4-200, this press shot doesn’t even show any kind of release mechanism for the package. Apparently it’s not meant to be removed, instead you just stuff the wares into the box and then take them out of the box without removing it from the copter.

This drone will be used between December 9th and 13th to ferry medicine across the Rhein river. Their plans sound a bit more reasonable than those of Amazon, because DHL said they want to focus on fixed routes with well-known landing points, using multirotors for regions where regular cars are less efficient or slower.

Now we’re waiting for similar announcements by FedEx. But we all know PlanetExpress rules them all because they use a spaceship.

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UPS announces: “Me too!”

UPS announces: “Me too!”

December 4, 2013 13:53 | By | Add a Comment

In a statement to TheVerge, a UPS spokesman stated that UPS, too, is playing with the idea of using multicopters for small parcel delivery.

“The commercial use of drones is an interesting technology and we’ll continue to evaluate it. UPS invests more in technology than any other company in the delivery business, and we’re always planning for the future.”

Aside from this being an obvious “me too” statement in response to Amazon’s well-executed PR maneuver, DJI has announced that they could produce suitable models within “18 to 24 months”. The question now is: Who else will make such an announcement next? It’s not too late for sticking a company logo on a multirotor craft for some nice press shots…

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