World Premiere in Zell am See / Kaprun. Ionica & Nature lovers make it possible. Here's the whole video from the first test flight of the Aerones high-power drone in the mountains. Key Data: speed up to 100 km / H, load capacity up to 120 kg. The approval for this test flight was limited to 60 kg.
Latvian heavy-duty drone manufacturer Aerones Ltd., together with the fire and rescue team from Aizkraukle, conducted an experiment the world had never seen before. In this experiment, the “Aerones” drone was tested to fight possible fire accidents. The results proved that it is able to reach heights exceeding those of firefighter truck ladders, while the drone also has the capability to operate in hard to reach and dangerous spots.
“Aerones” is currently interested in having a partnership for further development. Information exchange and collaboration with firefighting brigades experienced in skyscraper fire and suffocating conditions would be beneficial for both “Aerones” and the fire and rescue teams involved.
Currently the drones weigh 55 kg with a length and width of 3 m. With 145 kg of lifting power they can work up to 30 min depending on weather conditions. It takes 15 min to change batteries, while a full charge can be reached in approximately 90 min. New tests addressing the possibility of supplying the drones with power through special cables are planned in the near future.
The company is in progress to obtain a patent for the use of their drone to extinguish fires at very great heights. It is estimated that by using its powerful drone, heights of 300 – 400 meters will be accessible for firefighting.
This is one of the many affirmations for “Aerones” drone diverse usage.
Latvians have accomplished the world’s first human flight with the drone and jump at high altitude. On May 12, a 28-propeller drone built by Aerones has lifted a skydiver Ingus Augstkalns at a height of 330 metres, from where he accomplished the planned jump and landing with the parachute.
Successful achievement shows the reliability and lifting-ability of the drone technology that approves unlimited possibilities for its use in saving people, fire-fighting, sports and entertainment.
Ingus Augstkalns, an author of the idea and skydiver: “Emotions are fantastic. Both feeling how easily and quickly the drone lifted me, and because Latvia proves itself in innovations of technology. It is obvious that we will experience an increasingly important use of drone in our everyday life. Definitely also my friends skydivers all over the world will be excited about these new opportunities. We live in an exciting time.”
Jānis Putrāms, a chief engineer of Aerones and a pilot of the drone: “Already in the near future, our technology will save human lives, will help to fight fires and carry out other challenging and significant work. With this project, we show that we are ready for serious tasks in the field of civil defence and sports.”
The jump was accomplished in Māļi, rural area of Amata, Latvia, in cooperation with the State JSC Latvian State Radio and Television Centre (hereinafter -– LVRTC), whose communications tower of 120m was used as a platform for the jumper. In order to reduce potential risks, the drone took the jumper from the tower of 120m and then lifted up in the height intended for the jump.
Preparations lasted six months, at which time the payload of the drone increased up to 200 kg and a number of tests were carried out, including the flights with the jumper over the river Daugava.
Aerones is the Latvian drone manufacturer that is focused on the development of drones with high lifting power.
Ingus Augstkalns is an experienced skydiver and a wind tunnel flyer. He also is a co-founder of innovative technologies companies AERODIUM Technologies, Cube and Captomatic.
We thank our partners Latvian State Radio and Television Centre, FILMORY, FlyVision, SABI, f64, AERODIUM, Civil Aviation Agency and Skydive Latvia for cooperation and support for project implementation.
Aerones Drone human rescue
Latvian heavy-duty drone manufacturer Aerones Ltd. has successfully conducted an experiment of pulling a wakeboarder with a drone along the river Daugava near the city of Ogre in Latvia. The successful experiment reached a top speed of 70 km/h and spent only half of the drone's battery capacity on the 2,6 km long distance.
“The test on September 27th was a success,” states the CEO of Aerones Ltd, Janis Putrams. “The experiment was 5,5 minutes long, conducted in two stages, because at first, the speed - 70 km/h - produced by the drone, was too high for the boat escorting the wakeboard.”
“Together with the results of our previous experiment, where we did a similar setup with a snowboard, we are confident to say that high power drone technology is ready to be used in sports, agriculture, firefighting and rescue missions,” says Janis Putrams, while adding that Aerones Ltd. has already received interest from entertainment and advertising industries, and is currently working on a firefighting related project. “I hope that soon we all will be able to benefit from Aerones drones,” he adds.
Aerones Ltd. launched the Aerones drone project in April of 2015. The vision of developing and manufacturing heavy duty drones able to carry heavy loads has been embedded in the manifesto of the company at the foundation. On January 22nd 2016, the company published a video of a snowboarder being pulled by one of Aerones’ built drones. The video quickly gained momentum online, going viral and reaching over 5 million views in the first couple of weeks, while receiving attention from the respected tech blogger Guy Kawasaki and multiple online media outlets praised the drone’s properties in sports while predicting that the year 2016 will be the year of “droneboarding”.
The test was carried out in Sigulda, Latvia. Drone travelled 315m distance uphill with cargo which weighted 60 kg.
So you want to go snowboarding, and you have snow and a board but — critically — you don't have an incline. Were this 2015, 2014, 2013, or really most years between the birth of humans and/or snowboarding, you probably would have just given up and/or started driving toward a mountain. But this is 2016 and the future is bright: droneboarding is here.
Droneboarding is the newly developed practice of using a drone to drag around someone on a snowboard. Last week, we lamented that the only available documentation of this great sport used both a small human (child) and a small drone (quadcopter). Fortunately, there is more: another video filmed in late January shows a standard-sized human (adult) being dragged around on a snowboard by a very large drone. It is excellent and everything you'd want out of an early droneboarding video. I say "early" because presumably there will be some much crazier stuff once this sport matures. Probably accidents, too! Everyone please be careful while droneboarding. The future may be here but universal healthcare isn't!
/Source : The Verge/
First test to lift 4x Venden bottles.
Weight of the drone ~60kg.
Weight of the payload ~80kg.