Vertical takeoff and landing – long distances at high speed
Since 2021, Third Element Aviation has been pursuing a partnership with the company StriekAir from Gütersloh, operated by owner Thomas Strieker. StriekAir develops a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle, which is a useful addition to the 3EA portfolio.
The VTOL can be flown with a take-off weight of up to 25 kg (MTOW) and a speed of up to 100 km/h over a distance of up to 220 km. Of a total of seven electronically driven propellers, one is located “classically” on the nose and generates propulsion, while six propellers are located on the underside and enable vertical take-off and landing.
In collaboration with Third Element, the VTOL will be equipped with various use case specific camera types. Live streaming of the cameras will be possible via LTE connection through the integrated IoT electronics and 3EA software. The VTOL can also be controlled via the HHLA Sky control center solution in the future.
With the VTOL as an addition to the portfolio, completely new fields of application can be opened up, as long distances can be covered at high speed. For example, control and inspection flights of large areas (e.g. a dike coast), mapping of large areas as well as medium and long distance transports are possible and will be realized in future projects with first customers.
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