Dauntless has surpassed what normal UAVs can do by setting records for payload for vertical-takeoff and landing multi-copters, according to creators Mobile Recon Systems. Despite weighing less than 80 pounds, the UAV can lift over 100 pounds as a quadcopter, but when it’s flying as an octocopter, it can lift up to 200 pounds.
The drone is made from a full 3K carbon fiber body, and contains a canopy, battery box, and propellers that contain no plastic or fiberglass. Anyone using the aircraft can break it down into five sections for easy transport and carry it with integrated handgrips.
Additionally, the twin 2,400 watt onboard generators offer over five hours of flight time, and the hybrid battery boost utilizes two LiPO batteries, which enhance performance and controls a safe landing in case of an emergency.
While setting records, the drone can perform up to eight different functions at once. With auto take off, landing and return-to launch, users can deploy the FPV camera, 16-channel transmitter, GPS and more.
Suggested applications for Dauntless include border patrol, detecting geologic anomalies, mapping archaeological sites, conducting inspections of large vehicles and buildings, and delivering supplies to first responders and disaster relief.
If users aren’t content with their current features, they can add on gimbals and sport optical cameras, a two-point weather station, high-end LiDAR, ground penetrating radar, a transport container that carries 80 pounds of supplies, a self-leveling monopod landing platform or real-time kinematic global positioning system.
According to New Atlas, the price for this all-encompassing drone is said to vary, but “the price per unit could reach low six figures.”
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