Bell’s autonomous APT drone demonstrates its aerial resupply capability
Bell has demonstrated the aerial resupply capability of its electric-powered, Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) quadcopter drone. The new capability will eventually lead to quicker resupply missions for troops in challenging locations or out on battlefields.
Unlike any typical quadcopter, the APT takes off vertically and transitions to wing-borne flight, providing multi-copter payload capability with fixed-wing speed. This allows the aircraft to reach an incredible speed and range. Designed to carry a payload of up to 100 lbs (45 kg), the APT can fly with a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h) for up to 35 miles (56 km) on a single charge.
What makes the APT stand out is its ability to take off with two standard tactical packs, each capable of holding up to 60 lbs (27 kg) with a max payload of 100 lbs (45 kg). These bags can be aerial dropped at one location or two separate locations and hold items such as ammo cans, water, medical supplies, or fuel.
It can also fly at speed to its…