This is a follow-up to the article, Project Wing: Google’s Own Delivery Drones in the Making, and it looks like there is more to Google’s delivery drones program, a secret program no longer.
While many people are apt to associate Google’s delivery drones with Amazon Prime Air, Google’s drone for deliveries are envisioned primarily for a different type of service.
Google said that its long-term goal was to develop drones that could be used for disaster relief by delivering aid to isolated areas. They could be used after earthquakes, floods, or extreme weather events, the company suggested, to take small items such as medicines or batteries to people in areas that conventional vehicles cannot reach.
In short, Google’s Project Wing drones are being designed for use as goods delivery in times of disasters and other crisis situations., though eventually can be used for delivering shopping goods. What is special about these drones are their being self-flying – that is, these are autonomous vehicles that are pre-programmed with a destination, but then left to fly themselves there automatically, still according to the BBC News report above, wheras many military drone aircraft, which are often remotely controlled by a pilot on the ground, sometimes on the other side of the world.
These autonomous drones do share some similarities with as well as differ from military aircraft such as the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, an American multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
This is also said of Googles drones, according to the BBC News report: The vehicle is known as a “tail sitter” – since it rests on the ground with its propellers pointed straight up, but then transitions into a horizontal flight pattern. This dual mode operation gives the self-flying vehicle some of the benefits of both planes and helicopters.
The prototype that is being built at Google’s The Hatchery, its secret lab for Project Wing, is a sleek white wing, about 1.5metres (5ft) in length. It’s capable of horizontal flight at speed, and is able to hover vertically to drop packages on a tether. The vehicle weighs only 8.5kg (18.7lb) and can carry packages weighing up to 1.5kg (3.3lb). See more at:
Economically, Google foresees the benefits of its delivery drones. In a fact sheet about Project Wing, the company pointed out that integrating autonomous machines into U.S. airspace will boost the economy by at least $US13.6 billion in the first three years, and in 10 years could add as many as 100,000 jobs. Read more here:
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