Judging starts this week on the $100,000 Airbus/LocalMotors drone cargo challenge

There were an amazing 425 entries to the Airbus/LocalMotors drone cargo challenge, and this week judging begins to select the winners (I'm one of the judges). Check them out here.

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 11, 2016 at 8:20am

Wow, I don't know how many of them are physically realistic, but there's some really neat concepts and pretty amazing design/render work in there.

Comment by Gary McCray on June 11, 2016 at 9:44am

Boy it is definitely worth looking at those designs.

Some would never fly but all of them are amazing.

I especially like the vertical lift quadcopter to biplane one and the inflatable one.

Probably a lot could be done with the inflatable concept.

That batch of illustrations is an inspiration to us all.

Comment by JB on June 12, 2016 at 8:40am

No lack of quadplanes either. Theres even a Talon quadplane, as one of the few real models. Its amazing how many ideas also have decent designs as well, and all for a measely $100k. I wonder how much the designs are worth when they are commercialized. 

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 12, 2016 at 3:09pm

JB, the way it was written, you pretty much had to make a quadplane.  Kinda disappointing really they didn't just let the best technology win. ;)

Comment by JB on June 14, 2016 at 10:22am

@ Rob

True! ;-)

Sent you a PM btw.

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