Dufour’s Aero 2 Breaks Barriers In Drone Technology
Dufour Aerospace, the Swiss-based eVTOL aircraft developer, has revealed the final design for its Aero 2 cargo drone. This unveiling came after the successful maiden flight of its third prototype, dubbed the X2.2, at the Dübendorf airfield near Zurich in Switzerland.
The Aero series development started in 2015, beginning with an electric aerobatic model known as the Aero 1. The Aero 2, designed to be the first product on the market, will be a hybrid-electric, unmanned cargo transporter with a weight-carrying capacity of 40 kilograms (88 pounds). It promises a range of 400 kilometers (216 nm) and a cruise speed of 92 knots.
Dufour’s ambitious plans don’t stop at Aero 2. The planned Aero 3 model, the company’s flagship, is designed to carry up to 750 kilograms (1,650 pounds) of payload, or eight passengers plus a pilot. The Aero 3 will also feature a hybrid-electric powertrain and a tilt-wing design like the Aero…