Meet the Wingcopter Triple Drop Delivery drone Wingcopter 198. The German developer, manufacturer and service provider says the new Wingcopter Triple Drop Delivery vehicle could set a new industry standard in the competitive drone delivery space. “The Wingcopter 198 is a fully electric fixed-wing drone with vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), which was developed from the ground up for the requirements of flight safety and reliability,” says a press release from Wingcopter. “The new delivery system leverages Wingcopter’s extensive experience in aviation innovation and establishes a new industry standard for drone technology and drone-based logistics.”
“The Wingcopter 198 is a game changer for drone-based deliveries that can be used to create logistical highways in the sky. It can be perfectly used as a fleet solution in delivery networks to create new opportunities everywhere, ”said Tom Plümmer, CEO of Wingcopter.
The Wingcopter 198, like the earlier Wingcopter model, uses the company’s patented tilting protector technology. Wingcopter drones provide vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) with a smooth transition to forward flight. It is an efficient technology that contributes to performance and flight endurance. Wingcopter’s triple-drop delivery drone can carry a 13 pound payload over 47 miles on a single charge, or up to 68 miles on a lighter payload – even in inclement weather. “This makes the Wingcopter 198 the ideal solution for any delivery fleet that covers the middle or last mile, especially in rural areas or in hard-to-reach places such as islands, mountain areas or offshore platforms and ships,” says the press release. “The aircraft’s top speed of 150 km / h enables express deliveries on demand.”
The Wingcopter 198’s triple-drop mechanism means multiple deliveries – to multiple destinations – in a single trip. This could play a crucial role, especially for supply chain providers. It is a flexible payload system: the drone can deliver 3 smaller packages, 2 medium sized packages or one large package. In addition, the process is fully automated – and designed for commercial providers. “In addition, an operator can control a fleet of up to 10 Wingcopter 198s simultaneously anywhere in the world using a new control station software,” the announcement said. “In addition, the Wingcopter 198 is equipped with advanced maintenance technology to avoid unplanned downtime, improve part reliability and reduce maintenance costs.”
With all the safety features that commercial operators need, the Wingcopter 198 is now ready for operation – for a variety of applications. “It enables fully autonomous flights out of line of sight (BVLOS) and automated deliveries. The smart batteries can be replaced in seconds to maximize time in the air. With the Wingcopter Cloud, mission planning can be carried out independently of operations using various control stations. APIs enable seamless integration of fleet information into customer software solutions, ”the announcement said.
Jonathan Hesselbarth, CTO of Wingcopter, comments: “We have applied the many years of experience with the Wingcopter 178, the model that literally allowed us to start as a company, to the development of the Wingcopter 198 and optimized every design aspect for ease of use, efficiency and Security. The result is, in our opinion, the most advanced, versatile and efficient delivery drone solution in its category. “
Wingcopter says production will begin soon at the company’s German headquarters – and the first 100 units of the Wingcopter 198 can be reserved here starting today. Wingcopter will sell the Wingcopter Triple Drop Delivery drone through an authorized partner program: Interested parties can now apply to participate in the program.
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