This drone will deliver everything – trucks, satellites, data
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The drone development industry is growing rapidly, especially in the United States. The main reason for this growth is the investments made by the Pentagon in recent years.
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Nearly $ 1 billion is being invested in the Orbital Services Program-4 under the auspices of the Department of Defense. Five million of them are given to the company Aevum, which was founded only six years ago but has already developed the largest drone in the world, which will do many things, but primarily deliveries.
The Ravn X is an 80-meter drone with a total takeoff weight of 25,000 kg (55,000 pounds). The primary mission of the drone is to deliver everything – physical goods, launch satellites into low orbit, even offer data.
“The services that Aevum provides are logistics. So we move stuff. It can be both physical cargoes, or it can be data,” explained CEO and Founder Jay Skylus.
Ravn X has another advantage – this drone can land on a very short runway of only 1.6 km, even on agricultural land. This fact is a great advantage, mainly if the military uses Ravn X.
The payload of Ravn X is almost 7 tons. For comparison – the most famous American military drone, Global Hawk, can carry only 1.3 tons. Aevum has already secured several contracts with the US Department of Defense, according to Nathan Strout of C4IRSNET. It is known so far that the Ravn X drone will carry out its first mission under the ASLON-45 program of the US space forces.
However, the company is adamant that military contracts are not the primary goal in using Ravn X, but everything they can transport with this drone. This statement means that the company is commercially oriented and will strive to provide additional services in the already well-established market in the United States.
“Small launch generated, like, less than a billion dollars last year. On the other hand, air cargo generated $ 270 billion,” Skylus said. “It’s just totally different.” All this means that Aevum will seek its main profit from commercial cargo from several military orders.
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