A drone patent is making headlines recently with its unique idea. While most companies build drones to be more durable, the Yates Electrospace Corporation wants a disposable one. The patent, trademarked as the Silent Arrow offers just that: disposability.
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Using airdrop and glide methods to deliver goods, these packages can simply be put away after getting the items. Meaning they can be made with lesser resources, and cheaper materials while still doing the job. This would be a perfect way to deliver goods like medicine or food rations out in the field. This can create an alternative – a faster alternative – to the usual methods of delivering in rural areas. This includes delivery trucks, motorcycles, helicopters, or even small planes.
A disposable drone can make it possible for smaller parties to have a delivery system that does not cut through the limited funds. Small clinics in the boondocks can now get medical supplies easier and at a faster rate. Rural communities can receive food rations without delivery personnel having to trek through the mountain passes. Researchers in remote locations no longer have to wait for supplies to arrive by land. This can be a game changer.
The Silent Arrow can launch from aircrafts and helicopters in the area. They will then drop (or glide) to the designated zones without the base aircrafts landing. The Arrow can carry cargo up to 318 kilograms, while having a glide range of up to 41 kilometers. This, of course, is possible as long as the drone launches from around 25,000 feet.
As of now, the idea of the Silent Arrow has sparked the interest of several parties. The US government, for one, already offered a contract to Yates for 10 Silent Arrow units.
Currently, they are testing a launching pad directly from an MV-22 helicopter. The Silent Arrow will finish testing by the end of the year.