ALTI Transition 6 hour VTOL cargo lifter


Congratulations to all at ALTIUAS an RPA made in Africa, for Africa and the rest of the world. This would meet the delivery drone targets of many emerging projects. Instead of delivering things swap out the payload for cameras and be able to survey large areas in rough terrain.

"The ALTI Transition is a radically new VTOL unmanned aerial aircraft, developed from the ground up as an advanced fixed wing system with the ability to take-off and land vertically, anywhere. A powerful electric VTOL system allows the Transition to take-off and land in confined spaces and once at altitude, a 20cc four stroke petrol motor keeps the system airborne for up to 6 hours with support for a wide range of payloads and sensors that can quickly be swapped out and setup. Fully featured autonomous PX4 based open and proprietary software and hardware avionics system with easy to use ground control systems to suite.

Here at Alti we believe vertical take-off and landing is now an essential part to operating small unmanned systems effectively and the ability to operate a fixed wing aircraft from confined areas is invaluable and a huge advantage over bulky traditional systems. Operating costs and staff requirements are reduced significantly allowing more flexibility and a broader mission scope.


Multi-rotor and fixed wing, electric and fuel, the Transition is a double-hybrid aircraft unlike anything else available. With a small footprint and no need whatsoever for launch or recovery equipment, it really is the future of small unmanned systems, making operating far more versatile and cost effective.

With no need for a take-off run, it's a pure VTOL aircraft, able to vertically ascend to altitude, where it transitions into forward wing-bound flight for the duration of the mission. A smooth and quick transition back to hover with a final descent for a pin point landing.

Extend your mission parameters with endurance of up to 6 hours. The ultra-light weight Carbon Kevlar fuselage made with top quality composites used by the likes of Ferrari, Airbus and BMW. It's wind tunnel tested featuring an advanced design with dihedral, washout, winglets and more. The Transition also has duel elevators for redundant control.

With far lower operating costs as well as no need for expensive launch and recovery hardware and less staffing, the ALTI Transition also prices lower than any comparable system available.


Wingspan: 2760mm
Length: 2300mm
Height: 490mm
MTOW 12kg
Max Payload Weight: 1kg
VTOL Propeller Size: 18"
Fuel Pusher Propeller Size: 15-16"
Electric VTOL Endurance: <10 min
Fuel Fixed Wing Endurance <6 Hours

The wings and rear tail-boom are removable, without the need for tools and reduce the size significantly for rapid deployment and transport. The Transition offers incredible fixed wing endurance with true VTOL capability as well as great hover times pending on the AUW, setup, payloads and environmental factors."

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 10, 2016 at 5:29am

Well done Duran and team.

Comment by RPM on June 10, 2016 at 6:02am

Very impressive!

Comment by Marc Dornan on June 10, 2016 at 6:10am
Brilliant work. An ofshoot of Steadidrone?
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 10, 2016 at 6:45am

Nice looking system.  Is that a Saito engine?

Comment by JB on June 10, 2016 at 8:52am

Very nice! 12kg MTOW seems fairly heavy for a 1760mm wingspan bird? What is the stall speed? I'm thinking the "unlimited runway" offered by the quad VTOL helps increase the wing loading and improve range, but also increases the wing stall speed? I only found one photo are there any more? Price would also be interesting. I like the design though!

Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 10, 2016 at 8:55am

Monday is the official launch...

Comment by Andrew Murphy on June 10, 2016 at 9:19am

I'm not sure that span is correct if they are using 18 inch props and a 15-16 inch pusher, could be a typo. 

Comment by Tom Pittenger on June 10, 2016 at 9:49am

says "It’s wind tunnel tested" which translates to "never been flown". Call me when this thing is real.

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Comment by Julian on June 10, 2016 at 10:24am

Looks unattainably pricey.

Comment by Pascal Fust on June 10, 2016 at 12:54pm

The wing span must definitely be a typo mistake. If you look at the picture on their homepage, the guy holding the plane must otherwise be a midget... I'd estimate it at about 3m, at least. Although I think that 1kg payload can take quite a bit of sensors, it's still low in comparison to the 12kg MTOW.


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