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A2Z Long Distance Delivery Drone: New RDSX Pelican

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Commercial drone delivery solutions developer A2Z Drone Delivery has released its new RDSX Pelican delivery drone.

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The RDSX Pelican features a hybrid VTOL airframe without control surfaces, combining the stability of a multirotor platform with the long range of a fixed wing craft. The new drone will be displayed for the first time at AUVSI XPONENTIAL in Denver, Colorado from May 9th-11th.

The Pelican is available in several model variations, and can be customized for a wide range of missions. The A2Z Drone Delivery drone winch enables the Pelican to complete deliveries from altitude, keeping its propellers far from people and property. It can also be configured with a simple servo-release mechanism that can release payloads and expand the drone’s payload capacity. It can be further customized for applications such as aerial mapping, drone inspection, forestry services, search and rescue operations, water sample collection, offshore deliveries, and mining, among others.

“Here at A2Z Drone Delivery, our development is not just about maximizing performance, it’s about creating usable tools designed to get work done,” said A2Z Founder and CEO Aaron Zhang. “A full-service drone delivery ecosystem will need a fleet of short, medium and long-range UAV platforms capable of depositing payloads in an array of settings. The new RDSX Pelican is the highly efficient, long range delivery platform in that last-mile fleet. It is thoughtfully designed to minimize potential points of failure, reducing the overall cost-per-kilometer of logistics operations, all while providing maximum payload flexibility.”

Optimized with the A2Z Drone Delivery RDS2 drone winch, the Pelican features a 45 knot cruising speed; a Max Payload Capacity of up to 7-8 kg; a max range of 50 km with no payload and of 40 km with a 5 kg payload; a 55lb. max takeoff weight; and an operational cost of 13 cents per kilogram per kilometer. The Pelican does not require specialty delivery boxes, and is able to accept any shape payload with dimensions up to 400 x 300 x 300mm. Its payload auto-release mechanism can deposit a box without a human receiver, and it can retrieve payloads up to 5 kg while hovering at a safe altitude. It also features A2Z 4G Link, a General-Purpose Payload Hook, Passive Payload Lock, Tether Abandonment, A2Z Ground Control Station, and an Intuitive Flight Controller.

Starting at $29,000, the RDSX Pelican comes in a range of model variations suited to different use cases. A2Z Drone Delivery can also fully customize the drone for more specific applications. The available variations are the RDSX Pelican with Winch, RDSX Pelican Payloads, and Custom RDSX Pelican. The company is currently accepting pre-orders on a first-come-first-served basis, with initial deliveries expected for June 2023.

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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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