Consumer Electronics Show Press Release
High-Tech Heavy Lift Drone to Debut at CES
Debuting at CES, huge 4-arm octocopter engineered to lift 200 lbs for hours
Lakeland, Florida - There is a special section at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas dedicated strictly to UAVs, or drones as they are commonly known.
There will be every conceivable size and style from tiny insect-like craft to huge behemoths capable of carrying hundreds of pounds. The show, coming up in January, features all the latest technology developments in the world of electronics, robotics, artificial intelligence, and communications.
NUAVIATION (the UAV part of their logo is, of course, accentuated), of Lakeland, Florida, will be debuting their planned heavy lift UAV which is being engineered to transport around 200 pounds at up to 40 miles per hour. The company brags about having one of the most experienced aeronautical engineering teams in the country along with a 90,000 square foot manufacturing facility capable of turning out hundreds of drones per month. The engineers have created a radical design which will feature a choice of three different power sources, depending on the customer’s requirements.
The HyperLift 200E will be a totally battery powered version designed for short heavy lift missions like construction. The HyperLift 200H will be a hybrid unit capable of flying for several hours for things like search and rescue, agricultural applications, offshore deliveries, and the like. The company will also offer a tethered version for emergency communications, surveillance, lighting, and a host of other uses such as instant active shooter spotting for major outdoor events.
Company president Mark Boyd, states that, “It’s not that difficult to build a UAV that will lift hundreds of pounds in a dead lift. People are doing that every day. But to build one that operates safely and dependably over great distances and can be manufactured by the hundreds is extremely difficult, expensive, and time consuming. No one is doing that presently and we intend to be the first.” He continues, “while it will take years before the regulators allow people to fly in drones, we expect to attain our FAA certification for heavy lift within six to eight months or so... perhaps as early as summer.” In the meantime, the company will commence taking orders at CES and it is expected that there will be quite a number of customers who will be placing deposits on a Heavy Lift 200 just to reserve a place in the queue.
“All the company’s drones are being engineered with safety as a major goal” says Dale Flewellyn, NUAVIATION’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Each UAV will feature a parachute system that will deploy in milliseconds to safely land the craft and its cargo. The units will employ highly sophisticated communications systems to prevent the commandeering of the unit by hackers or pirates.”
2018 is expected to be a huge growth year in the world of UAV/UAS technology and it would appear that NUAVIATION’s line of drones will lead the pack in the realm of extreme heavy lift long-distance applications.