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If we talk about transportation methods, without a doubt, the Drone Bus model presented by Kelekona is one of the most innovative concepts in mobility, technology, and versatility in the drone and transportation industry.
The company is committed to a design powered by eight electric motors, capable of transporting 40 passengers to just over 500 km (among them you could be you) and a pilot. Impressive, right?
We also all know that moving around big cities, between states or countries can be exhausting, it is for this reason that Kelekona aims to make air transport an everyday act, easy and affordable for everyone. In the long term, the company’s intention is that tickets on the drone bus cost the same as a train ticket for an equivalent distance.
How long would it take to reach my destination with the Drone bus?
The intention is that with the Drone bus we can reach all the destinations we want faster, to give us an idea of the speed of the proposed prototype, the company gives as an example some cities that could be reached with just one hour of flight. Los Angeles and San Francisco (560 km in a straight line), New York to Washington (330 km), and London and Paris (350 km) would be some of these examples since by road these cities are between four- and five- hours half.
With the Drone bus, not only money would be saved, but also time, since the model would be designed to land easily in small spaces, which would make the use of this air transport more accessible without the need for large landing strips.
What is it made of and what will the design of the Drone bus be like?
The aircraft design will make extensive use of aluminum alloys and composite materials alongside parts produced by additive manufacturing (3D printing).
The eight electric motors, located in pairs on both sides of the fuselage, at the front and rear of the fuselage, will tilt for vertical take-off and landing and offer horizontal thrust during flight, while the fuselage will take care of the lift. One aspect to highlight is that the propeller blades driven by the engines, in addition to being fair, will have a variable pitch to better adapt them to each phase of flight.
The necessary batteries will be housed in a pod that will form the lower part of the fuselage and that can be replaced after each flight by one with its batteries charged, while the used one goes to the recharging station.
And what would be the security measures of the Drone bus?
As for safety measures in flight, Kelekona relies on two radars, located above and below the fuselage, and video cameras that cover all sectors around the aircraft that give “100 miles of additional environmental awareness to detect and avoid unknown aircraft, birds, climatic anomalies or infrastructures that do not appear in the charts and maps”.
As we can see, drones and innovation go hand in hand, because every day we can see more uses of drones in our daily lives. The use of drones is increasingly common in all areas and work areas, every day at Simply Drones we are amazed at how much can be achieved by making creative and responsible use of drones.
At Simply drones we also do wonderful things with drones, encourage yourself to discover our services and who knows, maybe one day we can also take you home.
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