Airbus Cargo Drone
13 FUE program students alongside a number of experts, made up the Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge team for the competition held by Local Motors in association with Airbus Group to a design a freight drone capable of travelling 100km.
Clearly seen from the competition’s strap line, “BE A DESIGN HERO “, the objective of the competition was to design a solution to transport urgent medical goods to people in hard-to- reach places such as in emergencies, natural disasters and conflict areas – always bearing in mind the different modes of transport.
Our team outlined a carbon fibre hybrid prototype capable of flying 100km with 5kg of cargo at 97 km/h without the need for refuelling, with double load protection, and an aerodynamically super-efficient design.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
Motivation: When you feel like you can improve the life of others whilst working in a multidisciplinary team and changing the course of history, nothing can stop you or get in your way.
Innovation: We have learned that innovation is not only the ability to invent. You can innovate in any field without the need to invent. In this particular case, the invention was clear – Hyperloop – but it required a particular type of innovation to create the perfect prototype. Many people worked at the same time on the same project – allowing us to spot flaws, issues and ideas that even the inventor may not have noticed – something we never would have imagined
Technology: Simplicity allows for innovation whilst at the same time removes many of the causes of failure. We have realised that the newest technological advances are not necessarily always the best.
Transport: We are going to live through a revolutionary period in the history of transport. We have realised that what is needed is a fast, safe, economical and sustainable system that at the same time respects the environment.