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TechnologyThe Silent Arrow is a massive glider delivery drone

07:40  11 september  2019
07:40  11 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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When most of us imagine the delivery drones of the future, we think of small, copter-based machines that look like the DJI Mavic. It turns out, however, that large glider drones are also part of the equation, particularly as far as militaries are concerned. We got a glimpse at one of those future drones at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) show in London where the Silent Arrow GD-2000 was shown off.

The Silent Arrow is a massive glider delivery drone

Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC), the company behind the Silent Arrow, envisions the drone as a potential replacement for the Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) delivery method several armed forces, including the US military, use to deliver battlefield supplies. Even if you're not familiar with the acronym, you've probably see JPADS in action in movies and newsreels. The system uses a combination of GPS and steerable parachutes to guide supplies that are dropped from an airplane to their intended destination. Compared to JPADS, YEC claims the main advantage of the Silent Arrow is that it can deliver up 1,631 pounds of supplies, the drone's maximum load, at less than half the cost. Since it's a glider, it's also easier to steer to its target destination. When the situation calls for it, it can also be stealthy in a way that parachutes can't.

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The Silent Arrow GD-2000 has an 8.4 to 1 glide ratio. Yates Electrospace Corporation. That 's where the just-announced Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo delivery drone is designed to come in. "We have others in the pipeline, including a reusable glider and a reusable electric take-off and landing

Enter the " Silent Arrow ", a low-cost unmanned glider -type air vehicle developed as a private venture by Yates Electrospace - the concern founded by The result is a "streamlined" - yet-wholly utilitarian-looking - twin-winged vehicle capable of gliding down to the earth's surface under complete silence .

While far removed from the consumer-facing delivery drones Amazon has been testing as a part of its Prime Air project, the Silent Arrow is a step forward for the field. With production slated to start this October, it'll be among the first delivery drones to take to the skies.

Yates Electrospace Corporation

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