ThereCraft’s body lift drone offers acrobatically packets with pinpoint accuracy

The delivery drone space is becoming increasingly crowded, but we tend to see slightly different flavors same basic designs and operating modes. There are point-to-point multirotors, point-to-point hybrid systems (such as tailsitters), is fixed-wing drones requiring launch and landing infrastructure. One thing that all of these drone platforms have in common is the scale: the current generation of autonomous commercial delivery drones are optimized for payloads of a few kilograms, offering high value and time sensitive payloads in low infrastructure areas.

There are many use cases where small drones work well, but once you need more than a handful of kilograms at the same time, there are few commercial options. The military have experimented glider drones is parafoil systems which can handle hundreds of kilograms e unmanned helicopters capable of handling over a thousand kilograms simultaneously. But in most cases, air freight delivery for commercial or (even emergency) purposes means using a small cargo plane such as a Cessna Caravan (if there is nowhere to land) or a helicopter. And this can be a challenge both in terms of costs and platform and availability of pilots.

ThereCraft, a Los Angeles-based delivery drone startup that was (mostly) invisible earlier this year, worked on a new design for a drone that can go from a few kilograms to 1300 kg. It uses a design that originated in the 1960s, along with a uniquely acrobatic delivery system that promises precision delivery without landing, flying or parachuting.

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