This new 80-foot drone is now the world’s largest unmanned aircraft

There are drones, and then there’s the Ravn X. The epic behemoth, which was unveiled Thursday, is now the world’s largest Unmanned Aircraft (UAS) by mass, tipping the scales at nearly 28 tons.
Ravn X is the handiwork of the startup Aevum. The Alabama-based outfit showcased its pride and joy at the Cecil SpacePort launch facility in Jacksonville, Florida, and, well, it was hard to miss.
The 80-foot aircraft has a wingspan of 60 feet and stands 18 feet tall. It weighs a staggering 55,000 pounds, which is roughly the same as one Gulfstream G550 or 10 Range Rovers. Despite these gargantuan proportions, the Ravn X is unequivocally sleek and sexy. In fact, it looks less like a drone and more like a futuristic fighter jet.
But the next-gen aircraft promises more than size and style. It was designed to launch satellites in space. Basically, once the Ravn X reaches the desired location and altitude, it drops a rocket midair that shoots small satellites (a payload of about 220 pounds) into low-Earth orbit. Aevum claims the Ravn X will be able to deliver these satellites to space as fast as every 180 minutes, 24/7, with no risk of human life. After the mission is complete, the aircraft lands and parks itself in a hangar.
Ravn X can be reused, too. While most small vessels that venture into space seldom return whole (if at all), Ravn X is 70 percent reusable out of the gate and will be up to 95 percent in the near future, according to Aevum.
What’s more, Aevum says Ravn X flies just like a typical plane and can launch from any one-mile runway without needing a launchpad. This means there’s no need for costly infrastructure. It’s also fitted with what Aevuem calls “autonomous launch architecture.” This system is designed to optimize every launch, taking into account weather conditions, air traffic, destination, payload and other logistics. The drone, of course, is also fully autonomous and flies itself without a pilot.
“US leadership has identified the critical need for extremely fast access to low Earth orbit,” Jay Skylus, founder and CEO of Aevum, said in a statement. “Through our autonomous technologies, Aevum will shorten the lead time of launches from years to months, and when our customers demand it, minutes. This is necessary to improve lives on Earth. This is necessary to save lives.”
Aevum has already been awarded more than $1 billion in government contracts. Its first mission is with the US Space Force. This $4.9 million ASLON-45 small satellite launch mission is set for late 2021, with another 20 missions to follow in the next nine years. Looks like we’ll be seeing plenty more Ravns in the sky.

Views: 621

©ictnews.az. All rights reserved.

Facebook Google Favorites.Live BobrDobr Delicious Twitter Propeller Diigo Yahoo Memori MoeMesto

21 April 2021

20 04 2021

MediaTek seeks to shift to advanced 4nm chipmaking process ahead of Qualcomm

MediaTek is apparently working on shifting towards newer advanced chip manufacturing processes. This shift 

Samsung Galaxy M32 4G battery revealed through DEKRA certification

Samsung Galaxy M32 4G launch could be in the works going by a new certification. Up until today, there was

Huawei Mate X2 phone is available at 200 yuan less price, excluding charger

Huawei recently launched a series of smartphones without charging kits at lesser prices in offline stores

Apple to hold first product unveiling of the year on April 20

Apple Inc.’s first product unveiling of 2021 will take place on April 20, the company said on Tuesday.

Electronic Security Service warns against next phishing attacks

The Electronic Security Service under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies warns

Apple supplier TSMC sees global chip shortage lasting into 2022

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) said on Thursday it is doing all it can to increase productivity

IDC: Strong rebound expected for IT services in 2021

Global IT services spend shrank less than expected in 2020, declining 1.16 percent year over year but remaining