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Wingcopter GmbH  

Weiterstadt, 
Germany
https://wingcopter.com
  • Booth: 1925


Wanna revolutionize last-mile delivery with us? Let’s talk!

Wingcopter is an award-winning German manufacturer of unmanned eVTOL fixed-wing aircraft dedicated to improving and saving the lives of people worldwide. The start-up focuses on delivery solutions. With their unique, patented tilt-rotor mechanism, the electrically powered Wingcopters far exceed the range and payload capabilities of commercial multicopter drones. Taking off and landing vertically like multicopters, Wingcopters fly long distances as efficiently and quickly as fixed-wing aircraft, reaching ranges of up to 75 miles (120 kilometers) and a top cruise speed of 94 mph (150 km/h). Even in strong winds or inclement weather, Wingcopter drones fly autonomously and reliably.


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  • Contact: Thomas Dreiling, Wingcopter Media Relations, press@wingcopter.com 

    Press Release
     

    Wingcopter announces world's first triple-drop delivery drone to power logistical highways in the sky 

    • Variety of new features and redundant system architecture for efficient, reliable and safe delivery operations 
    • Delivery of up to three packages to multiple locations during one flight 
    • Fleet operation of up to 10 Wingcopters simultaneously by one single operator 
    • AI-based visual detect-and-avoid solution and smart precision landing capability 
    • Serial production in Germany with capacity to scale rapidly to meet global demand 

     

     

    Wingcopter 198 video: https://youtu.be/P8U9CUtVR0Y 

     

    Weiterstadt, Germany, 27th April 2021 – Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and service-provider of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for commercial and humanitarian applications, introduced its new drone generation today, the Wingcopter 198. The Wingcopter 198 is an all-electric, vertical-take-off-and-landing (eVTOL), fixed-wing drone that has been designed from the ground up to meet aviation safety and reliability requirements. The new delivery system leverages Wingcopter’s broad experience in aviation innovation and establishes a new industry standard in drone technology and drone-based logistics.

     

    "The Wingcopter 198 is a game-changer for drone-based deliveries, ready to create logistical highways in the sky. It can be perfectly utilized as a fleet solution in delivery networks to create new opportunities, everywhere", said Tom Plümmer, CEO of Wingcopter

     

    The Wingcopter 198 builds on the following core product features: 

     

    1. High Performance: Based on Wingcopter’s patented tilt-rotor technology, the Wingcopter 198 takes off and lands vertically anywhere without the need for additional infrastructure and smoothly transitions into quiet and enduring forward flight. It can carry payloads of 6 kilograms (13 pounds) on one battery charge over 75 kilometers (47 miles), or up to 110 kilometers (68 miles) with less payload, even in challenging weather conditions. This makes the Wingcopter 198 the optimal solution for any delivery fleet addressing the middle or last-mile gap, especially in rural areas or hard-to-reach places such as islands, mountainous areas or offshore platforms and ships. The aircraft’s top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) enables on-demand express deliveries.

       

    2. Efficiency: The unique triple-drop mechanism allows for separate and precise winch-delivery of up to three packages to multiple destinations per flight. Alternatively, the Wingcopter 198 can deliver two medium-sized packages or one large package providing maximum flexibility in size and shape. The entire delivery process is fully automatic. In addition, one operator can control a fleet of up to 10 Wingcopter 198s simultaneously anywhere in the world via new control station software. Moreover, the Wingcopter 198 is equipped with advanced maintenance technology to avoid unplanned downtimes, improve parts reliability, and lower maintenance costs.

       

    3. Safety: The Wingcopter 198 is a delivery drone designed and developed according to aviation safety standards and currently undergoing FAA type certification in the USA. Thanks to the redundant system architecture which includes eight instead of four motors, the Wingcopter 198 provides an extremely high degree of reliability and safety. All other essential components such as the flight controller, airspeed sensor or battery are also redundantly integrated. The main communication link to the operator is LTE/5G, backed up by satellite. Specially developed detect-and-avoid software combining ADS-B, Flarm, Remote ID and visual artificial intelligence interprets the flight environment in real-time and automatically initiates evasive maneuvers, as required. Downward-looking cameras use AI-based optical sensing for accurate and safe parcel dropping as well as precision landing in combination with obstacle avoidance.

       

    4. Ease of use: The Wingcopter 198 software and interface design were developed with a clear focus on making the user's workflow as simple and efficient as possible. It allows for fully autonomous, beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights and automated deliveries. The smart batteries can be swapped within seconds to maximize time in the air. The Wingcopter Cloud allows for mission planning to be independent of the operation by using different control stations. APIs enable a seamless integration of fleet information into customer software solutions. 

     

    This unique combination of software, hardware and operability makes the Wingcopter 198 the ideal platform for drone-based delivery of a broad selection of goods, from medical supplies to consumer goods, spare parts and tools, as well as groceries or freshly prepared food

     

    Jonathan Hesselbarth, CTO of Wingcopter, comments, "We applied the many years of experience with the Wingcopter 178, the model that literally enabled us to take off as a company, and applied it to the development of the Wingcopter 198, optimizing every design aspect for ease of use, efficiency and safety. The result is what we believe to be the most advanced, versatile and efficient delivery drone solution in its category."

     

    Serial production according to the European aerospace quality management standard EN9100 at Wingcopter’s German headquarters will start shortly to meet the predicted global demand.(1) For early access, the first 100 units of the Wingcopter 198 can be reserved here as of today. 

    Wingcopter has also set up an Authorized Partner Program to qualify, certify and enable partners such as drone-as-a-service providers, distributors and dealers to operate, promote, distribute and support Wingcopter technology worldwide. Interested parties can now apply to join the program. 

     

     

    About Wingcopter 

     

    Wingcopter is an award-winning German manufacturer and service provider of eVTOL unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) dedicated to improving and saving the lives of people worldwide through meaningful commercial and humanitarian applications. The startup is currently focused on optimizing medical supply chains. In the future, Wingcopter will also deliver packages, tools and spare parts, as well as food and groceries. Thanks to its patented tilt-rotor mechanism, Wingcopter can take off and land vertically like a multicopter, while flying long distances as efficiently and quickly as a fixed-wing aircraft, even in rain and wind.

     

    In 2020, Wingcopter was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Wingcopter's investors include Xplorer Capital, Futury Regio Growth Fund, Futury Ventures, Hessen Kapital III, and Corecam Capital Partners.

     

    More information can be found at www.wingcopter.com as well as Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

     

     


    (1) Levitate Capital predicts that logistics applications have the potential to become the largest market segment in the drone industry by the end of the decade; see Levitate Capital (2020): The Future of the Drone Economy. A comprehensive analysis of the economic potential, market opportunities, and strategic considerations in the drone economy; https://levitatecap.com/white-paper/  


 Products

  • Wingcopter 198
    High speed autonomous deliveries to remote areas. With precision landing system, Wingcopter 198 doesn’t require expensive ground infrastructure. Proprietary Control Station Software for flight & mission planning, aircraft control + operational monitoring....

  • The Wingcopter 198 introduces an era of new opportunities for drone delivery – pushing flight performance & delivery capabilities beyond conventional limits. Every aspect is designed to optimize safety & reliability, efficiency of operations and to provide maximum payload and range. The Wingcopter 198 requires no additional infrastructure for take-off and landing. It withstands strong winds – due to its patented tilt-rotor technology. It is designed for full autonomous flying and deliveries. One operator can manage up to 10 Wingcopter 198 simultaneously and beyond visual line of sight. The utilization of delivery fleets can be easily managed by handing over flight missions in real-time and in-flight. Quick-swap smart batteries maximize the time in the air. It can deliver up to 3 separate packages, to as many locations during one single flight. The Wingcopter 198 is an advanced, efficient and scalable delivery drone solution – enabling the future of instant delivery – today.

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