CargoDrone. Windracers is a privately funded not-for-profit focused on providing transportation services to the humanitarian aid, research and environmental protection communities.
The organization provides transportation services to the humanitarian aid, research and environmental protection communities using UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles).
The dron utilized is produced by Windracers and has been developed at the University of Southampton.
This twin-engine design is be capable of flying large volume payloads of up to 100kg for 1,000km and operating from a range of landing sites. Is fully automated without the need for a pilot on the ground.
The UAV primary function is to distribute humanitarian aid.
Covid-19 Aid Mission
Double engined, fixed-wing ‘Windracers Ultra’ drone took off from Lee-on-Solent near of Portsmouth at around 14:05 and touched down safely on the Isle of Wight at Binstead Airfield at 14:23 after circling several times.
A team on the ground conducted a number of checks and the UAV took off again without fault at 15:40, again circling several times before returning to the mainland.
A payload of personal protective equipment was successfully offloaded from the drone and transported by road to St Mary’s Hospital.
The Windracers Ultra drone can carry a whopping 100kg for 1000 miles, but during this trial period it will carry a maximum of 40kg – starting with PPE before then expanding to carry medicines and blood, as and when approved.
It it expected that as many as 4 flights a day could be carried out in the future.
What made ’s flight so special is that it is the first time outside of military use that a UAV has been allowed to fly out of the line of sight or Bvlos.
Meaning the pilot is controlling the drone remotely from a significant distance away – in this case 5 miles.
The UK Government has stepped in to fast track trials of drones to carry out autonomous flights to and from the Isle of Wight.
Although the concept has been on the cards for sometime, they has been realised that the flights must be established quicker to support the Island during the COVID-19 crisis.
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