VertiKUL UAV Explores Practicalities of Delivery Drones

Photo: KU Leuven

Autonomous landings, cargo management, and range: this drone is trying to do it all.

We’ve been skeptical about delivery drones ever since Amazon made it sound like delivery drones were 1.) easy and 2.) right around the corner. Realistically, there’s a huge amount of stuff that has to happen before delivery drones can work in practice; a lot of it is regulatory, but there are technical problems to be solved as well. Researchers at KU Leuven, in Belgium, have been working on some of these, including landing pads, cargo compartments, and range extension.

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