Posted on rcgroups: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2086287
I'm reposting here... who knows what happens?
I am exploring a crazy idea that just might save lives. Is it possible, I don't know. You guys are the experts. That is why I am here.
There is a refugee camp in the urban part of Damascus that is cut off from supplies. Convoys are turned around. 43 people have already died of starvation. To drop food by regular aircraft would subject the crew to being shot down.
Here is my question. It is possible to build a relatively inexpensive UAV that could fly a 10 mile round trip and drop 20 lbs of food supplies? Then return for more. If so, what size would the aircraft be that can do this? Are then any available commercially? How many cubic inches would be available for this payload?
As I said, this is a crazy idea. I doubt the Syrians would allow it to fly in the local area, but I wanted to see if the concept is even plausible.