However, what sets this team’s drones apart from others is the wing. Just to make things clear, the engineers that run FLY-R have over 45 years of combined experience when it comes to design and development. With that experience, this team has developed a completely new wing style for UAVs known as a rhomboidal wing. If you want to see the test flight, check out the video below.
The 150 is one of the first drones developed by this team and it also comes in with the smallest wingspan, that of 1.50 meters (4.9 feet), and yes, it too, comes in with a rhomboidal wing. This UAV is meant to offer surveillance and reconnaissance to whoever is using it.
Overall, the 150 can cruise at speeds of 115kph (71 mph) and can do so for up to two hours. For the applications for which the drone has been created, it seems to be more than perfect. In case the task at hand requires a bit more speed and ability, the 150 tops out with a speed of 200 kph (124 mph).
One neat thing about this UAV is its ability to reach a ceiling of 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) above sea level. For on ship applications, this allows you to spot pirates or any other impeding dangers, offering precious preparation time. As far as operating range, only a 50-kilometer (31.1-mile) radius is possible.
Another feature of the 150 series UAVs is its takeoff and landing sequence. To take off, the drone is placed on a launcher that utilizes absolutely no pyrotechnic materials. Through an ingenious system of vacuums, pistons, and pulleys, the 150 is launched at speeds up to 80 kph (49.7 mph), from there the motor takes over. To get a better understanding of the launching system, please check the gallery as it’s a bit difficult to explain in words.
Some uses included border patrol, natural disaster support, as a 1.5 kg payload is also possible, fire detection, crime fighting operations or just pure monitoring of industrial infrastructures.
Personally, I think these are the sort of applications for which we should be using UAVs, not for launching missiles at each other. Yes, I'm all for that world peace, even though it’s only an idealistic dream.