Delivery drones are indeed the future. They can deliver at a faster rate, giving the recipient their items hours – or even minutes – after ordering. This completely eradicates the record for conventional deliveries (trucks, motorcycles, and people) who take days to weeks for a delivery. The main ace in the drone’s pocket is the (almost) undisputed open area above us, where they can operate with little to no obstruction. This proves two things: drones will never suffer from traffic jams, and well, there is a whole other world out there that is still untapped.
But to achieve that future, drone manufacturers worldwide must address the most common problems facing these deliveries. These include privacy concerns for the area operating under drones, as well as the ‘trust’ factor among clients. Out of all the perceived barricades to fully autonomous delivery drones however, the main problem is still the weight limitations.
That limitation of how much a drone can carry dictates directly how far a drone can reach. Weight must be accounted for when looking at a drone’s battery life. The larger the load, the more energy burned with every single second in the sky. This limits the drone’s range; their maximum reach before requiring to go down for a recharge.
The Improbable Solution in SKYF Drones:
In Russia, a drone prototype may be the solution to this flaw in an otherwise effective drone delivery system. Their solution? Make the drone bigger. Yes, the SKYF drone is a drone built to carry cargo. It has a massive frame along with 2 massive rotors at the top. If that is not enough, there are also four different smaller rotors at each side of the square frame to add further support. This drone can carry 400 kilograms of cargo in its haul. That is an impressive weight no doubt about it. To top off this massive beast of burden, the battery life within can carry its cargo for about 220 miles without ever needing a charge. The rotors and battery can keep the SKYF drone airborne for over 8 hours of continuous flight. Still not as long as the Zephyr S drone’s 25 hours, but hey, it is still a large number.
So what’s the SKYF drone going to go after? Well, you probably can’t use this massive beast of a drone to deliver your online shopping. The SKYF is more for serious work, like cargo hauling for big companies, or in the world of health, carrying a patient to the nearest medical facility.