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.
(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.
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.
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.