BeskrivelseThe University of Southern Denmark is the first entity in Denmark and one of the first in Europe to conduct drone flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). This institution announces its willingness to collaborate with companies seeking to release the business potential of drones, which marks an important set of opportunities for the commercialization of fixed wing platforms.
The high commercial potential of fixed wing drones can only be fully realized with the ability to fly BVLOS. These types of platforms are more competitive compared to multicopters for long distance flying and thus lifting BVLOS restrictions will allow them to penetrate existing markets or even create new markets.
However, the fixed wing drone market is fractured between multiple competitors and unlike the multicopters market, which is mostly dominated by one player (DJI), no company can claim technical superiority.
This, combined with a lack of literature on the incoming market opportunities for fixed wing BVLOS drones, creates an opening for the understanding, mapping, and creation of a path for the commercialization of a multipurpose platform.
This multipurpose platform, designed for market fitting, is thus conceptualized, developed, and tested in this work.
Based on the Best Wing System theory presented by Ludwig Prandtl in 1924 , the proposed drone configuration generates a minimum induced drag and thus achieves longer ranges.
Whereas previous literature focused on the theoretical performance advantages of the aircraft, this research will conclude with a working prototype expected to outperform currently commercially available same-sized electric platforms with the same loading capability .
The range is calculated to surpass 150km for a configuration loaded with 2 kg of payload and 300 kg for an unloaded configuration.
Also, the platform has vertical take-off capabilities, which increases its ease of use and flexibility.
In the end, following successful flights it was concluded that the platform performs as expected and its potential is deemed highly viable for the next generation of BVLOS drones.