Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and service-provider of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for commercial and humanitarian applications, has introduced its new drone generation, the Wingcopter 198. The Wingcopter 198 is an all-electric, vertical-take-off-and-landing (eVTOL), fixed-wing drone.
The 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.
It can carry payloads of 6 kilograms (13 pounds) on one battery charge over 75 kilometres (47 miles), or up to 110 kilometres (68 miles) with less payload, even in challenging weather conditions. The aircraft’s top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) enables on-demand express deliveries.
Tom Plümmer, CEO of Wingcopter, says: “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.”
Jonathan Hesselbarth, CTO of Wingcopter, adds: “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.”
Founded in 2017, Wingcopter operates both as a manufacturer of drone technology and as a service provider for a wide range of drone deployments. These include the delivery of medical goods, parcels, food or spare parts, as well as mapping/surveying and inspection/monitoring.