BAE Systems may build a 660-lb-capable cargo quadcopter

New Atlas | Sep 14, 2021 at 6:36 PM
  • Being designed in partnership with Britain’s Malloy Aeronautics, the T-650 would be able to lift payloads weighing up to 300 kg (661 lb), then carry them as far as 30 km (19 miles) on one charge of its batteries – its range without a payload would be 80 km (50 mi).
  • Intended primarily for military use, some of the possible applications for the T-650 include the transportation of supplies, the evacuation of casualties from battle zones, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, maritime mine countermeasures, and close air support (air strikes on enemy forces located near one’s own troops).
  • And although we don’t know of any existing drones that quite match the T-650’s proposed lifting capacity, there are a few that can reportedly heft loads of well over 400 lb (181 kg).