Transitions to and from vertical pretty well!

From Gizmodo:

The drones can carry up to 22 pounds of cargo, but this isn’t a bid to compete against Amazon and Google as they race to create delivery drones. Aerosense’s majestic baby aircraft are meantfor aerial infrastructure and land surveys, not to replace your pizza guy. Unfortunately, that means these drones will only be used to service business customers, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you want to fly something like it.

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Comment by Ouroboros on August 24, 2015 at 7:15pm

It's a single axis tiltrotor with stabilizing thrusters, much in the same vein as Aurora's Excalibur UAV (which used a gas turbine for the center main propulsion, but did use electric fans in the nose and wingtips for stability and control). Nothing wrong with the center tilt mechanism per se, but CG limits mean you have a fairly fixed payload weight/position unless you are willing to run the nose fan harder. Excalibur had a pretty interesting layout solution for some of the issues.



Comment by Jiro Hattori on August 24, 2015 at 9:18pm

Here is some detail report.

You can see three ducted fans on each end.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 25, 2015 at 4:55am

looked like yaw was a handful

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on August 25, 2015 at 5:45am


I'm surprised to see this effort from Sony.  I wasn't expecting something so... hobby-grade looking.

I will refrain from mentioning how I don't think it can outperform a helicopter... oops. :)

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on August 25, 2015 at 7:46am

This type of design has been made and flown in various shapes since the mid 90's. What has changed since then, and I guess what makes it practical now is that the extensive pilot skills required to be able to fly such a thing, have been replaced by cheap MEMS sensors and a microprocessor.

Comment by Jason Franciosa on August 25, 2015 at 8:21am

I agree, pretty disappointing from Sony. 

Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 25, 2015 at 8:23am

I can't see it lifting anything +1 Rob meh

Comment by Tipu on August 25, 2015 at 12:12pm

+1 Rob

Very strange Sony came up with this type of thing ...

Comment by Toby Mills on August 25, 2015 at 2:14pm

That giant hole in the wing looks like it would kill efficiency.
I suspect all they have created is something average at both jobs.

They day someone can make a highly efficient fixed wing that also has VTOL capabilities (even if it has poor VTOL performance) will be when the nut is cracked.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on August 25, 2015 at 7:33pm

@John, I remember that thing now!  Wow...  that was a long time ago.  

I'm extremely curious about the claimed 22lb payload.  Maybe that is for a theoretical scaled up version.  Certainly the demo mechanics shown cannot lift 22lbs payload, not even 22lbs AUW.  A version of this that can do that would be very large indeed.  I don't think I've seen motors possible of that.  It would take a LOT of power on props that small.

And as always, I wonder how it does landing in a breeze?

I really don't see how one of these VTOL's is going to work unless it looks an awful lot like a V-22.  There's a reason that is the first successful full-scale production VTOL.


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