SPARROW for Military Drone Delivery
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Leading international design, engineering, science, and risk management consultancy BMT has obtained a patent from the U.K. Intellectual Property Office for its ‘SPARROW’ autonomous air-ground payload transfer device, ideal for military drone delivery in addition to civilian applications.
“BMT’s patent signals a new type of suspended robotic device: a device that takes over responsibility for the final moments of payload delivery, and better suited to challenging and sensitive environments. This small, highly-ruggedised robotic device could even autonomously collect packages as well as deliver them without the need for infrastructure on the ground,” said Phil Metcalfe, Regional Business Director for UK and Europe. “With the development of this autonomous and highly-versatile concept the project team have delivered a great example of how BMT actively applies its…