Animal Dynamics is developing a range of unmanned aerial delivery vehicles called Stork, based on powered paraglider wing technology. The current roadmap includes a range of vehicles:
ST 50 capable of carrying 30 kg and ST 150, capable of carrying 100kg. Further vehicles are planned, capable of carrying loads up to 3000kg.
Each system comprises a canopy, a vehicle with landing gear and a power unit. The 50kg vehicle is powered by an electric motor. The larger vehicles are powered by internal combustion engines. Each unit has an autonomous guidance system, comms, and camera.
- Short take-off and landing capability
- Autonomous guidance and navigation in both GPS and GPS-denied environments
- Stealthy: low noise and radar signature, and can glide silently to target
- Long endurance, high efficiency, long range ST150 range over 100km; ST1800 over 300km
- Low cost: the cost of the vehicle per kg delivery capacity is <1/10th of the capital cost of all other delivery systems; running costs are lower still
- Robust: the canopy is damage tolerant, and the vehicle has a graceful failsoft mode, gliding to a gentle landing in the rare event of catastrophic engine or systems failures
- The vehicle itself packs down small, and is easy to transport on a standard NATO pallet
- Vehicle mass between 20% and 30% of the potential payload mass.
TYPICAL OPERATING SCENARIOS
Supply Into Hazardous Environments
Stork can be used to supply medical equipment, food, fuel and vehicle parts from a Forward Operating Base (FOB) to front-line users. The vehicle can be loaded up ready for take-off from outside the warehouse or ground vehicle.
Stork models are capable of travelling 1- 300km at 70 km/h to a pre-set GPS location, depending on size (larger vehicles travel a greater distance).