Germany-based urban air mobility solutions (UAM) company Volocopter has successfully completed the first public flight demonstration of its electric heavy-lift drone, VoloDrone. The three-minute test flight was planned in collaboration with logistics company DB Schenker to showcase how delivery drones can be integrated into the logistics supply chain for end-to-end cargo transport.
The VoloDrone is an uncrewed, fully electric utility drone designed to carry any of the six International Organization for Standardization (ISO) pallet sizes, weighing up to 200 kilograms, over a 40-kilometer range. Its first public flight was conducted on Tuesday at the ITS World Congress event in Hamburg.
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The flight took off shortly after 3 p.m. and reached a maximum altitude of 22 meters. To give onlookers a better idea of how delivery drones would operate in the future, VoloDrone was equipped with a Euro-pallet-size…