Tiny planes, big planes – Wing’s delivery drones embrace diversity
Alphabet subsidiary Wing is pulling the curtain back on how it plans to cater to different industries that may come knocking on its door looking for on-demand drone delivery.
“We can have tiny planes for pharmaceutical delivery, big planes for shipping fulfillment, long-range aircraft for logistic flights, and dedicated hovering platforms for delivery in cities,” Adam Woodworth, Wing’s new CEO, explained in a blog post that talks about how the drone delivery company is building an “aircraft library.”
The key criteria for Wing’s aircraft remain the same: cargo should be about 25 percent of the plane’s mass. Moving away from that ratio means more cost, more energy, and more materials being expended to deliver a product.
“Cars, which perform most of today’s on-demand deliveries, are the ultimate example of this mismatch, where the stuff being carried represents less than 0.1 percent of the mass of the vehicle,” Woodworth points out.