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Modified APT drone tested by Bell in Canada

Modified APT drone tested by Bell in Canada

A modified version of the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) drone is being tested by Bell at its facility Mirabel, Quebec facility in Canada.

Modified APT drone tested by Bell in Canada

During the drone test flights, different variations in design were evaluated to measure the impact on performance, autonomy, and user interactions. The modified version of the APT drone features the same architecture and propulsion system but uses a different airframe.

The modified version of the APT drone allowed engineers to evaluate different design features such as a fixed central pod that favors containerized payloads, side access to payload bays, swept wings, and articulated V-Tails, reports Aerospace Testing International.

Michel Dion, senior manager of Innovation at Bell said, “We are excited to demonstrate this configuration to show our potential customers how flexible, scalable, and customizable this aircraft can be.

The drone test flights were co-funded by the Canadian Technology Demonstration Program and were conducted in partnership with drone technology company ARA Robotics.

The modified APT drone can transport payloads of up to 70 lbs over a range of 35 miles and at a top speed of 100 mph. Bell was worked to develop the drone for military applications.

The APT drones feature a two wing-design and can be programmed to fly a certain route automatically. The unmanned aircraft can take off and land vertically. The drone only transitions to horizontal flight once in the air.

Bells says that the company has completed hundreds of est flights with the drone to showcase the potential for both commercial and military use cases.

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