A2Z Drone Delivery’s new UAV solves consumer concerns with Freefall Delivery
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
A2Z Drone Delivery, LLC, the developer of a tethered free-fall drone delivery mechanism, today announced the launch of its commercial UAV RDSX. The RDSX was developed in cooperation with a leading global logistics provider in order to be able to deliver two payloads with a weight of up to two kilograms each on a round trip of up to 18 kilometers per flight, alternatively it can be configured with a single tether to its range up to 30 kilometers. The RDSX integrates the connected free-fall rapid delivery system from A2Z Drone Delivery, which is capable of quickly and safely transporting payloads from a height of up to 150 feet. By maintaining altitude throughout the delivery, the RDSX keeps the rotating rotors away from people and property, alleviating consumer concerns with drone deliveries such as potential property damage, annoying rotor noise, and privacy concerns, while also enabling delivery to crowded areas. through trees, wires or other obstacles.
The controlled free fall delivery method used by the RDSX enables UAV service providers to reduce the time on the station to a minimum by bringing the package to the ground in seconds and the drone does not have to touch down. It also offers security measures to protect the parcel recipients on the ground as well as the on-board payload during the flight and the RDSX platform itself. a payload status detection for monitoring the payload during flight and delivery, fast descent calculation, manual delivery control and crossbelt winding. A2Z Drone Delivery’s free-fall delivery technology was previously used in drone delivery attempts in residential areas, the use and retrieval of ground sensors for energy exploration and land-to-ship-port delivery.
The built-in A2Z Drone Delivery app combines manual control system operations with an on-board computer and sensor array to manage the controlled free fall of the package and the gentle stop in front of the ground. Upon delivery, the Kevlar® strap and the RDSX’s automatic release mechanism releases the payload before it is rolled back up for reuse.
“The pilot programs for residential drones deployments are currently being rolled out across the United States, and much of the industry is eagerly awaiting the large-scale regulatory approval that will lead to the rapid expansion of residential deployment,” said Aaron Zhang , Founder of A2Z Drone Delivery, LLC. “While the technical capabilities for these deliveries are already in place, an important benchmark for regulatory approvals will be consumer convenience in introducing UAVs into everyday life. Our wired free fall deployment built into the RDSX provides an opportunity to mitigate some of these consumer concerns. ”
The new A2Z delivery drone
The RDSX’s UAV flight platform is equipped with two cameras that allow pilots to navigate beyond the line of sight. The system also features an independent downward-facing LiDAR sensor system that continuously transmits data to onboard firmware, directs the rapid descent of the payload, and allows the pilot to visually monitor the payloads during flight and delivery. Its quick-change, bucket-style batteries limit downtime between flights and make the RDSX capable of operating in a variety of conditions such as temperatures ranging from -20 to 45 degrees Celsius, up to 95% humidity, and at altitudes of up to 4,800 feet work. In addition, the eight rotor arms of the RDSX, which are equipped with durable carbon fiber propellers, can be folded up for easy transport. The RDSX is also equipped with a flight case, a ground control station, payload delivery boxes, an expandable radio signal range, an optional open source flight controller and an optional battery dock with continuous charging.
“Working with a logistics provider gave our engineers invaluable insight into how our customers interacted with the drone platform and enabled us to build the RDSX from the ground up for the unique needs of commercial UAV deliveries,” said Zhang. “Based on an extremely robust flight platform with hundreds of thousands of flight hours, the RDSX integrates our tethered free-fall delivery mechanism to minimize station time, reduce downtime, and prioritize safety for the airframe, its payloads and the customers who receive packages to grant. “
During the upcoming Commercial UAV Expo (September 7-9, 2021 in Las Vegas), A2Z Drone Delivery will present the new RDSX at its booth # 306. Attendees are encouraged to contact the company prior to the show to arrange demonstrations.
Ian attended the Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now a contributor to DroneLife.
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