Drones

User-friendly drone flies like a copter and like a plane

User-friendly drone flies like...
The Quantix drone, in forward-facing horizontal flight mode
The Quantix drone, in forward-facing horizontal flight mode
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The Quantix drone, in forward-facing horizontal flight mode
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The Quantix drone, in forward-facing horizontal flight mode
Intended for industrial applications such as remote sensing and surveying, the Quantix drone is programmed via a dedicated Android tablet-style controller
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Intended for industrial applications such as remote sensing and surveying, the Quantix drone is programmed via a dedicated Android tablet-style controller
Once its mission is completed, the Quantix drone lands vertically back at its takeoff point
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Once its mission is completed, the Quantix drone lands vertically back at its takeoff point

Fixed-wing drones are more energy-efficient than quadcopters, and can cover long distances more quickly. Quadcopters, however, require less space to take off and land. That's why some groups have developed drones that take and land vertically, yet transition to horizontal flight while airborne. One of the latest, AeroVironment's Quantix, is designed to be particularly easy to use.

Intended for industrial applications such as remote sensing and surveying, the aircraft is programmed via a dedicated Android tablet-style controller.

Users start by inputing a flightpath that they wish it to follow, by simply tracing their finger over a map on the tablet's screen. Next, they're guided through a pre-flight checklist. Finally, they just press Fly on the controller, and the drone takes off.

Once its mission is completed, the Quantix drone lands vertically back at its takeoff point
Once its mission is completed, the Quantix drone lands vertically back at its takeoff point

It proceeds to fly along its predetermined path at a user-selected altitude, gathering data with its color and multispectral sensors. Once the mission is completed, it lands vertically back at its takeoff point. Should the flight need to be called off part-way through, however, the user can just hit Land Now or Return Home.

Pricing information isn't available at this time, although the company is taking inquiries from prospective buyers. The Quantix drone is expected to start shipping next spring (Northern Hemisphere).

More information is available in the following video.

Source: AeroVironment

AeroVironment Quantix Drone & Decision Support System

6 comments
JamesDemello
I assume the drone uses thrust vectoring to tilt over into plane mode and does not actually move the motors like some drone/plane configurations? Pretty simple.
Marco Gonzalez
Look a pre-republican X-wing
PlanetPapi
The article didn't mention how much energy it saves compared to quad copters...and it seems to the main point here.
Paul Anthony
So what does that information supplied do to help the farmer?
DouglasMcCarty
Would be good to know payload capacity and endurance.
Paul Muad'Dib
This is the best drone idea yet!