Project Wing: Google Reveals It Has Been Working on Drones for Two Years

Google today revealed it has been working on a top-secret drone delivery program for the last two years. Nick Roy, an MIT roboticist on sabbatical for two years, has been leading the project based in Australia.

Google has developed a tail sitter aircraft, capable of VTOL transitioning to forward flight.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/28/6080369/googles-project-wing-is-a...

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/08/inside-google...

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Comment by Timothy Clemans on August 28, 2014 at 7:19pm

I'm impressed that they are taking a different strategy instead of the standard quad copter one.

Comment by mP1 on August 28, 2014 at 7:44pm

But its only good for deliverying chewing gum.

Comment by Michael Johnston on August 28, 2014 at 9:11pm

many kangaroos end up as dog food.

Comment by johnkowalsky on August 28, 2014 at 9:42pm

What is so impressive ? Tailsitter vtols are bound to be more efficient than quads

Comment by Cliff-E on August 28, 2014 at 9:59pm
Logically safer (and foam :-) ), and better in the wind for forward flight. Hovering would be up for discussion... Wing/sail effect. But that's engineering, finding the right balance of compromises and using the right tool for the job (not a hammer) their intent is different from filming or urban delivery...

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 28, 2014 at 10:36pm

Go team Australia

Comment by BigDav on August 28, 2014 at 10:51pm

I guess it can fly farther and faster than standard multicopter.

Comment by Jiro Hattori on August 28, 2014 at 10:57pm

Nice, but we have vertiKUL:-)

Thanks to team at University of Leuven.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 28, 2014 at 11:09pm

Spot on Jiro.  

Comment by Jesus A on August 28, 2014 at 11:16pm
The concept is ...vertiKUL. Although who was first ?
The stability shown in the videos is just amazing!

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