29 Aug '14, 6pm

Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

The Project Wing tests took place in Australia in mid-August as it’s prohibitive to test the project in the U.S. due to laws relating to drones in U.S. airspace. Over 30 missions were flown, delivering small parcels of dog food and medicine to a ground team at a farm in Queensland. The Project Wing drones are powered by two rotors on each wing and take off and land tail down — a tail sitter as Google calls it — obviating the need for an airstrip. The drones can hover mid-air, and deliver their payloads via a winch and tether mechanism that slows before landing to gently deposit the package. A sensitive bundle of electronics at the end of the tether, known as the “egg,” registers the touch down and disengages the tether from the package.

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