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Choli Cargonaut (concept design)

Cargonaut humanoid robotic eVTOL air cargo concept design drone

 

Cargonaut (concept design)
Alexandra Choli
Metavallon
Greece
www.metavallon.vc

Alexandra Choli is from Greece and has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University College of London and a Master Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business. Choli designed an eVTOL air cargo robotic drone in 2009. Choli has many years of experience in the fields of operations, business development, entrepreneurship and is passionate about growing innovation-driven high-impact startups. In 2011, she founded Metavallon, a venture capital firm.

Cargonaut humanoid robotic eVTOL air cargo concept design rotorcraft drone
The Cargonaut is a futuristic humanoid robotic heavy-lift eVTOL air cargo concept design rotorcraft drone. The Cargonaut was inspired by the carrier pigeon. The Cargonaut has robotic arms making it easy for the drone to pick up, carry and deliver packages to the destination. The drone was designed without robotic legs. The use of the robotic air cargo drone will relieve urban dwellers from unnecessary trips when purchasing goods. The drone can be scaled to larger dimensions. The Cargonaut, if made into a production prototype, would be a disruptive innovation invention.

The air cargo drone is piloted by remote control, pre-planned routes or by autonomous piloting. While the cruise and range of the aircraft is unknown, the Cargonaut can carry a maximum payload of 45 kg (100 lb). The drone is not intended to carry passengers. The aircraft has coaxial counter-rotating rotorblades and hence no need for a tail rotorblade. The aircraft is powered by battery packs or the drone can be designed with a hybrid-electric power source. Some of the safety features include redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft. And using electric motors instead of a complex piston or turbine engine (which have many moving parts) increases the safety of the aircraft dramatically.The drone lands on it's arms and robotic head.

Future models will be made like a transformer. The future models will have two feet allowing the robot to fly to any building, land while standing on its feet, fold its rotorblades behind its back, walk into the building to deliver the package and finally walk out of the building, extend its rotorblades and fly to its next destination.

Initial sketches and air cargo pick-up example

Initial sketches and air cargo pick-up example

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Humanoid robotic heavy-lift eVTOL air cargo drone
  • Piloting: Remote, pre-planned route or autonomous piloting
  • Capacity: Air cargo only
  • Cruise speed: Unknown
  • Maximum payload weight: 45 kg (100 lb)
  • Propellers: Coaxial rotorblades
  • Electric motors: 2 electric motors
  • Power source: Battery packs or a hybrid-electric power source
  • Landing gear: Lands on its robotic arms and robotic head
  • Safety features: There are redundancies of critical components in the sub-systems of the aircraft. Using electric motors instead of a complex piston or turbine engine with many moving parts increases the safety of the aircraft dramatically.

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