Figure 1: SkyDrive's Cargo Drone Equipped with Eight Motors and Propellers
SkyDrive is a Japanese company based in Tokyo. Their business started in 2018 with the ambition of developing the first manned eVTOL or commonly called by the SkyDrive team, “Flying car”. Few weeks ago, the world had the opportunity to experience their first manned test flight in their impressiveSD-03 eVTOL aircraft.
Along with their manned eVTOL, the SkyDrive team has developed a heavy-lifting shipping drone called “CargoDrone”. This drone is fully electric and capable of flying 15 minutes with a 30 kg payload. It uses a propulsion system with 4 coaxial rotors for a total of 8 propellers and motors. Here is a video of the CargoDrone in action.
The CargoDrone’s propulsion system has been tested with the RCbenchmark Series 1780 - 40 kgf Coaxial. Here is a comment from Takuya Nemoto, engineer from Skydrive in charge of the flight control system development:
Takuya Nemoto, Engineer - SkyDrive Inc.