UAS Directions, a startup company that develops unmanned aerial systems technology, has announced that it has developed a frameless 3D uni-body for use in multi-rotor systems.
“Flight systems are evolving fast, but everyone’s following everyone else with the same basic frame layout. No one seems to be addressing the limitations and inherent safety flaws in their shape and exposed propellers. What if a drone could take on any 3D shape? Our patent pending innovation is like driving a new BMW to Henry Fords unveiling of the Model T in 1908”, said Aaron Weller, founder of UAS Directions.
“If we hope to gain acceptance of a safety-conscious public, we have to address these safety issues. Our first uni-body platform, the Droplet V1, will change our industry permanently. The Droplet design speaks from the psychological vantage point of people who will come into close contact with drones. No one wants a “spider looking” blender on steroids delivering their future Amazon or DHL package or photographing over their heads at an event. I don’t…and I’m an unmanned aerial pilot of 27 years”, added Weller.
Weller expects waves of public outcry to increase over the safety of popular airframes such as the DJI Phantom and Vision. Multi-rotor propeller tips can travel at hundreds or miles per hour and are made of plastic or carbon fiber. “We want to protect that curious child from getting their fingers chopped off or territorial birds of prey from being maimed by exposed propeller blades”, says Weller. “I believe if you can’t wrap your hands around a multi-rotor drone under full power, then it just isn’t practical.”
The Droplet’s internal cargo bay can hold deliverable packages, cameras and sensor equipment. Due to the fact that the propellers will not entangled in stringy debris or be disabled by incidental contact from any angle, the Droplet opens up avenues for indoor and confined space uses that may not be subject to FAA regulations. Other features include significantly muffled sound signature, total encapsulation of internal electronics and impact absorption in event of an accident.
UAS Directions says this technology can be applied to wearable designs for outdoor sportsmen and public safety officials. Future designs will also include automotive integration, custom flying corporate brands and airframes designed to dock with your smartphone. “The sky’s the limit when you have a airframe that can be safely caught with bare hands”, states Weller. “This technology can be applied to just about any 3D shape or product imaginable. It puts companies and industries in the game that have held back from drone integration due to insurance and liability issues.”