Sabrewing’s Rhaegal cargo drone said to set heavy-lift record
Companies around the globe have been at work developing a category of UAV capable of hauling weightier payloads than the typical delivery craft can, and an Oxnard, California-based business says it’s done that – and more. Meet the Rhaegal super heavy-lift drone, whose Sabrewing manufacturer credits the craft with recently setting a world record by hovering with a payload of 347 kg (829 lb.).
In addition to muscling that much mass off the ground, Sabrewing’s Rhaegal Alpha 1 cargo drone also out-sizes both UAVs used for delivering goods to households and across work sites – and even most specialized heavy-lift craft. It sports a wingspan of 17 meters and a body length of 14.6 meters, and has 16 cubic meters of internal payload space. The all-weather aerial hulk is capable of maximum speeds of 445 km/h, and average cruise speed of 333 km/h at 22,000 feet.
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