Windhorse Aerospace have revealed the design of their new Pouncer Drone.
The Pouncer, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Windhorse Aerospace, would land accurately at disaster sites with a design that allows for the utmost utility of its parts. Its hollow wings and body can be packed with food, water and medicine, the pre-formed shell used as shelter, and the frame burned for cooking fuel.
The drone will be made of a plywood frame and pre-formed plastic shell that is waterproof and highly aerodynamic, while vacuum-packed food, water and medical supplies would be integrated as partial components within the wings and body. Printed instructions in the local language would be located on the exterior of the craft to explain that food and other materials are contained within.
The Pouncer would be launched from a C-130 Hercules transport plane at a typical height of 10,000 ft (3,000 m), allowing a minimum glide range of 22 miles (35 km). The maximum release altitude is 25,000 ft (7,600 m), increasing the glide range to 62 miles (100 km), and allowing delivery aircraft to make a wide berth around hostile drop zones if needed.A small navigation system on the Pouncer would guide the drone to its destination, where a low-altitude parachute would deploy to set the craft down within 20 ft (7 m) of its target.
The wingspan of the UAV is limited to 10 ft (3 m). Its fuselage length is 5 ft (1.5 m), and it weighs 55 lb (25 kg) empty and 165 lb (75 kg) fully loaded. That 110 lb (50 kg) of supplies is enough for 50 man day rations in Asia and Africa, and 40 in Europe, the Americas and Oceania.
The cost of building the Pouncer is expected to be US$130 (£100) per unit, with an extra $65 (£50) for the navigation and flight control system.