Lightweight & Modular Coaxial Drone for Public Safety, Emergency Response & Disaster Relief

New Coaxial Drone for Material Transport

The NX30 is adaptable to the unique requirements of delivery network operators and can be optimized for a wide range of missions By Mike Ball / 27 Apr 2022
Ascent AeroSystems NX30 coaxial drone

Ascent AeroSystems has introduced a new UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) platform designed specifically for material transport in real-world operating environments. Based on the company’s patented coaxial rotor technology, the new NX30 is currently available for demonstration and will be showcased at the AUVSI Xponential 2022 trade show in Orlando, Florida.

Using the same approach as major aircraft OEMs, the NX30 is offered as a platform that is adaptable to the unique requirements of network operators and can be optimized to a wide range of delivery operations, including specific payload dimensions, performance, communications equipment, and package delivery methods. Initial deliveries to an undisclosed customer occurred in December of 2021.

Like Ascent AeroSystems’ existing Spirit platform, the NX30’s compact cylindrical form factor reduces the airframe to an absolute minimum and makes it easier to store, launch, recover and reset. These benefits will become critically important as the automation of UAV networks increase.

Peter Fuchs, CEO of Ascent AeroSystems, commented: “The NX30 is the ultimate platform for airborne material transport using UAVs. With a demonstrated ability to carry a 5-pound payload over 12 miles and back again, in any weather, with reserves, it can fly farther and carry more than other multirotors. It offers the performance and the reliability that’s needed to support complex delivery operations at scale.”

David Moro, Head of Vehicle Design, said: “There’s a reason why airlines don’t design and make their own aircraft. It’s really hard, and expertise in aerodynamics and airframe design isn’t relevant to the operation of a logistics network. A platform like the NX30 allows operators to focus their investment and their time on what they’re good at – designing and managing an efficient and reliable delivery network. That’s ultimately what their customers are paying for.”

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