Elroy Air Chaparral wins IDSA award – Drones Information
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The demand for fast logistics has increased worldwide. Traditional infrastructures like roads and airports are not scaling to meet global demand, traffic congestion is higher than ever, and over 1 billion people live in communities beyond the reach of reliable roads.
The Elroy Air Chaparral can improve the quality of life worldwide by improving access to time-sensitive consumables.
It’s an autonomous aircraft transportation solution that skips traditional infrastructure. It delivers and collects cargo, up to 300 pounds over a range of 300 miles, with no human contact.
Now, hard-to-reach communities no longer have to wait for critical goods such as medicines and food. It can also be used in disaster relief situations to re-deliver critical goods for the military and deliver goods to extreme climates such as rural communities in Alaska – all without risking the lives of pilots.
The chaparral differs from military, general aviation, and consumer drones, yet it projects a force of gravity suitable for a powerful future logistics device.
Designed by: Colin Owen, Clint Cope, Terik Weekes, Isaiah Jones and Sean Belardo for Elroy Air