DeltaQuad VTOL completes 100KM autonomous mission carrying a 1KG payload

This Saturday at DronesLab we achieved an important milestone in the final steps towards the public release of the DeltaQuad: A 100KM autonomous mission carrying a 1KG payload. This marks the achievement of the most important goal we have set when we started the development of this vehicle over a year ago.

The DeltaQuad is an electric VTOL flying wing capable of fully autonomous operation. It is driven by either the PX4 or AirRails flightstack in combination with proprietary safety and performance software. It is controlled through a tablet and streams telemetry (and optionally video) over an encrypted VPN using the cellular network. Most notably it flies without the need for an airspeed sensor. This improves reliability, usability and performance.

After extensive testing and hundreds of flight hours we knew it could achieve this goal in theory. But as with any theory it needed to withstand the test of reality. So we we started preparing for a mission that would do just that.

The mission

The mission was flown in a square pattern. It was setup to autonomously take off vertically to an altitude of 22m, complete 20 laps on a 5km circuit at an altitude of 30m, and land vertically near it's takeoff point. It cruised at approximately 15m/s. The mission took 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete. It was outfitted with a 23Ah 4s lipo and consumed 20.7A of which 19.3 was used for fixed wing flight and 1.4 for vertical takeoff and land.

The payload consisted of a 1KG box filled with dummy weight. The total distance was confirmed through a KML export of the mission loaded in google earth as you can see in the image above. 

The full log of the mission can be found here: http://logs.uaventure.com/view/QEofXUiC5dwm9zh7B3vXgk

Whats next

The DeltaQuad will be publicly available this summer under a new label that we will soon announce together with the full specs and pricing. Additional options and modules will be released shortly after that. Although we can not yet release any more details we are confident that it will be one of the most reliable, scalable and affordable VTOL UAV's that is suitable for commercial applications.

** Update **

The DeltaQuad has been publicly released. Visit https://www.verticaltechnologies.com to find out all the details.

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Comment by Pascal Fust on August 17, 2017 at 2:39am

@Sander *smile* It proves how well and up-to-date I am informed about the VTOL UAV market - do you need any collaborator? :-)


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Comment by sander on August 30, 2017 at 1:17pm

The DeltaQuad is now available world-wide at https://www.verticaltechnologies.com.

Read our press release here: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/vertical-technologies-releases-... 

Comment by Pascal Fust on August 30, 2017 at 1:27pm

Good news, congratulations, Sander! One question concerning the telemetry of the DeltaQuad: you mention a 4G data link, however, is there also any solution for areas without mobile network coverage, e.g. LR VHF or similar? 


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Comment by sander on August 30, 2017 at 1:30pm

Hi Pascal,

Yes, the DeltaQuad can be equipped with redundant telemetry links. 

Comment by Pascal Fust on August 30, 2017 at 1:33pm

Second point, which is not completely clear to me: 
the product comparison sheet shows a flight time of 2 hours with the 23Ah LiPo, however the specs (of the EU version) states a flight time of 1 hour 50 minutes with the same battery. 
I would be interested in knowing the point here? Were the 2 hours, if you completely drain your batteries..?


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Comment by sander on August 30, 2017 at 1:36pm

1 hour and 50 minutes is the flight time with full payload. 2 hours is without payload

It's 2 hours and 45 minutes with the auxiliary lipo unit.

Comment by Pascal Fust on August 30, 2017 at 1:38pm

Okay, thanks for clarification. Thumbs up!

Comment by Al French on August 31, 2017 at 1:23am

$13245.00 AUD -- i dont think you will sell many in australia at that price...

Comment by Darrell Burkey on August 31, 2017 at 1:41am

Certainly won't be selling them to DIY hobbyists but that price seems appropriate to me. Having built something similar there's just no way I'd  make them for much less. It's damn expensive to research, develop, test etc etc etc. The price is appropriate for commercial application. I've spent just as much on other equipment which has been a great return on investment. Did you notice the Carbonix planes being made in Australia? I think they go for around $80k. Cheers.


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Comment by sander on August 31, 2017 at 2:14am

Hi Al

I would like to note that you are quoting our most expensive vehicle at full option. The DeltaQuad One model would be EURO 6499 (AUD 9780) and the Base EURO 4999 (AUD 7520).

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