FusionFlight showcases AB5 JetQuad jet drones that can take off and land vertically

FusionFlight, based in Dallas, Texas, showcases the company’s latest AB5 JetQuad jet vertical takeoff and landing drone, despite the propeller-like design of many of its current drones. FusionFlight says the AB5 is the world’s smallest and most powerful jet-powered drone, with no less performance than a propeller-like four-axis drone.

FusionFlight showcases AB5 JetQuad jet drones that can take off and land vertically

(From Fusion Flight, via New Atlas)

The current prototype uses a diesel-powered miniature turbojet engine instead of the four-axis motor plus paddle, which is common on the market, with a maximum total power of 149 kW (200 hp).

Thanks to the proprietary vector system of the H-Type configuration, the thrust can be precisely controlled when vertically taking off and landing, flying in the air, or moving horizontally.

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The production version has a maximum speed of more than 483 km/h (300 mph) and a 19-litre (5-gallon) fuel tank provides 30 minute ssuspension or 15 minute cruise life.

FusionFlight showcases AB5 JetQuad jet drones that can take off and land vertically

The AB5 JetQuad weighs 23 kg (50 lb) and is filled with fuel by 40 lbs (18 kg) with a maximum payload of 18 kg (40 lb). The cargo can be fixed to a drone or suspended on a rope.

FusionFlight showcases AB5 JetQuad jet drones that can take off and land vertically

The AB5 JetQuad jet is expected to hit the market by 2021 for between $200,000 and $2.00 million ($1.4 million to $1.76 million), according to CEO Alexander Taits.

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