A2Z Drone Delivery New Winch, RDS2, Delivers Any Box Up to 22 Pounds
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby
Commercial drone delivery solutions developer A2Z Drone Delivery is launching its second generation Rapid Delivery System, the RDS2.
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This automated delivery winch does not require specialty cargo boxes, and boasts the highest payload capacity on the market at 10 kg/22 pounds. The company is also launching the RDST, a new off-the-shelf integrated cargo drone delivery system for last mile deliveries. These new products align with the company’s goal of addressing consumer-protection concerns with residential drone deliveries. In carrying out their deliveries from altitude, A2Z Drone Delivery’s solutions keep spinning UAV propellers far away from recipients, and reduce the privacy and noise-related concerns that come with low-flying drones.
“Most drone delivery systems in deployment today require payloads to be packaged in special boxes, pouches or on-board payload compartments; the RDS2 is designed to meet what every shipper wants, using what every shipper has,” said A2Z Drone Delivery Founder and CEO Aaron Zhang. “The RDS2 can auto-release the shipper’s own boxes, removing the need for a recipient on the ground to meet the drone, and retrieve packages without landing. These capabilities, combined with the utmost payload flexibility and the heaviest payload capacity currently on the market, makes our RDS2 a strong investment for drone service providers looking to rapidly scale commercial delivery applications.” “The RDS2 has completed over 2000 test deliveries and is already deployed with six of our beta test partners which have tested the platform in a diverse array of applications,” said A2Z Drone Delivery CTO Evan Hertafeld. “Consistency and reliability are the name of the game and this testing has reinforced the effectiveness of our hardware. Responding to partner feedback, we also sought to streamline maintenance with our new A2Z Assistant software and a longer-lasting tether to reduce downtime.”
The new RDS2 retains its predecessor’s redundant safety mechanisms, such as its payload monitoring system, passive payload lock, manual or automatic tether controls, and tether abandonment. New features include a heavy-duty drive motor, functionality with any off-the-shelf boxes, a payload capacity of up to 5 kg complete with an auto-release mechanism, a compact and easily integrated chassis, an ultra-long-lasting tether , a general-purpose payload hook, and the A2Z Assistant desktop application.
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Ian attended 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 contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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