German company develops Devilfish-inspired drone to win Africa delivery race

According tomedia reports, although the devil fish body size is relatively large, but because of its special body shape in the water to move easily. This size has been well replicated in the Manta Ray delivery drone, which recently won the international competition. Designed by German start-up Phoenix-Wings, Manta Ray is an electric vertical take-off and landing drone. This means it can take off and land like a helicopter, allowing it to enter areas that lack open space, but switching to faster, more efficient fixed-wing flights while cruising.

German company develops Devilfish-inspired drone to win Africa delivery race

Manta Ray is 1.9 meters (6.2 feet) long, has a wingspan of 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) and weighs 25 kilograms (55 pounds) and can carry an additional 10 kilograms (22 pounds) in an integrated 30-litre cargo compartment. It can fly autonomously or remotely via BVLOS, with a cruising speed of 80 to 100 km/h (62 mph), with a typical range of 40 to 120 km, depending on the payload and other variables.

German company develops Devilfish-inspired drone to win Africa delivery race

In February, a team from Phoenix-Wings brought the drone to Rwanda for the International Lake Kivu Challenge. Ten of the more than 70 groups around the world who applied to participate in the drone delivery competition were selected for the competition, and this week the event’s organisers announced the results.

German company develops Devilfish-inspired drone to win Africa delivery race

In addition to winning the Innovation Award for the unique design of its drones, the Phoenix-Wings team also won the first prize in the sample collection competition. The race involves flying 20 kilometres over open water, taking parcels from a specific location on a small island in the lake and sending them back to their base on shore. One of the winning factors is that the Manta Ray drone carries a heavier payload than other drones.

Germany’s Wingcopter won the Emergency Delivery, while South Korea’s Hojung Solutions won the Find and Access race. The challenge is part of the African Drone Forum, which aims to explore the civilian use of drones on the continent.