Wingcopter has introduced its latest eVTOL fixed-wing drone with the world’s first triple-drop mechanism, as the first 100 orders are being made available to reserve.
Based on its patented tilt-rotor technology, the Wingcopter 198 can carry payloads of 6kg (13 pounds) on one battery charge over 75km (47 miles). With less payload the distance is increased to up to 110km (68 miles). The aircraft’s top speed is 150 km/h (93 mph).
Additionally, the triple-drop mechanism allows for separate and precise winch-delivery of up to three packages to multiple destinations per flight. The Wingcopter 198 can also deliver two medium-sized packages or one large package providing maximum flexibility in size and shape. The entire delivery process is fully automatic.
A single operator can control a fleet of up to 10 Wingcopter 198s simultaneously anywhere in the world via new control station software. And with advanced maintenance technology, it can avoid unplanned downtimes, improve parts reliability and lower maintenance costs.
Tom Plümmer, CEO of Wingcopter, said: “The Wingcopter 198 is a game-changer for drone-based deliveries, ready to create logistical highways in the sky. It can be perfectly utilized as a fleet solution in delivery networks to create new opportunities, everywhere.”
The Wingcopter 198 is a delivery drone designed and developed according to aviation safety standards and currently undergoing FAA type certification in the USA.
Thanks to the redundant system architecture which includes eight instead of four motors, the Wingcopter 198 provides an extremely high degree of reliability and safety. All other essential components such as the flight controller, airspeed sensor or battery are also redundantly integrated. The main communication link to the operator is LTE/5G, backed up by satellite.
Its software and interface design were developed with a clear focus on making the user’s workflow as simple and efficient as possible. It allows for fully autonomous BVLOS flights and automated deliveries, while the smart batteries can be swapped within seconds.
The Wingcopter Cloud also allows for mission planning to be independent of the operation by using different control stations. APIs enable a seamless integration of fleet information into customer software solutions.
Jonathan Hesselbarth, CTO of Wingcopter, added: “We applied the many years of experience with the Wingcopter 178, the model that literally enabled us to take off as a company, and applied it to the development of the Wingcopter 198, optimising every design aspect for ease of use, efficiency and safety. The result is what we believe to be the most advanced, versatile and efficient delivery drone solution in its category.”
Wingcopter has also set up an Authorized Partner Programme to qualify, certify and enable partners such as drone-as-a-service providers, distributors and dealers to operate, promote, distribute and support Wingcopter technology worldwide.
Any companies interested in reserving a Wingcopter 198 can do so by clicking here.