For everyone looking to go to Tosche station to pick up some power converters, your ride may be here sooner than you think. The Israeli aerospace company Urban Aeronautics has posted pics of its curiously landspeeder-like UAV, as well as news of the craft's first successful lift off.
Now, before dreams of tagging womp rats overtake your feeble imagination, note that the craft, called an AirMule, only managed to get 2 feet off the ground. Still, considering the machine was only concept art in 2008, that's pretty good.
Urban Aeronautics is developing the AirMule for the Israeli army, who want to use the UAV to transport supplies into, and wounded personnel out of, dangerous urban areas. VTOL engines allow the AirMule to navigate in and out of compact alleyways and refugee camp warrens, while the shielded rotor blades protect make the AirMule tougher than a regular helicopter. Plus, by removing the pilot, the AirMule can enter situations too risky for regular helicopters.
The AirMule still has a ways to go before it will it hits the front lines, but in the meanwhile, we can all keep wishing for a manned, commercial version to take us into the nearest wretched hive of scum and villainy.
this delvice is not 100% effective in a compat situation beacuse u need something to get it into the fight. such as a truck and then u mind as well use a preditor with some helifire missles.
Excuse me... Feeble Imagination???... Way to insult your readers jackass...
but for a sivilian transport vicheal is could be very effective if it can get more that 2 feet off the ground
geez it wasnt me my dumb military friend typed that in both of them
AWESOME! maybe if they perfect it enough they'll have one more tool to terrorize Palestinians without any danger to the many heavily armed Israeli soldiers. I bet they got the money to fund it from the US too.
u bet the US will fund it they probaly already are lol
Sooooooo funny... stupid
I love my feeble mind PopSci. Thanks for thinking I am an uneducated layman.
Those that commented on the feeble mind snippet, stop acting like overly hormonal women. Pretty sure they were just saying that if your mind jumps first to an application already shown in a movie, you aren't really stretching your imagination. Get over yourselves.
... whats with the overly hormonal women bit.
I don't think its going to be anywhere close to a operational combat platform. It sail transport not attack chopper
DARPA funded project? Duh?
It's a transport to haul injured troops/civilians to a medical facility, like a helicopter, but without the helicopter. I wouldn't mind seeing one that's adapted for civilain use as a "heavy" transport, sorta like a truck.
How about articulating your response in structured, typographically correct sentences that actually make sense. Also based on your grammar, I doubt if you have been in a combat situation, so how would you know?
Have you seen a predator in action? I doubt it, do some research before making stupid statements. This type of craft has far reaching implications for both military and civilian applications!
Next time think before you type!
Yah !! I'm not hormonal DAMN it !!! wha wha ... what are we talking about ?
Wow Robotcow6...I have almost NO clue what you wrote hah.
Ummm... do the words "use the UAV to transport supplies into, and wounded personnel out of, dangerous urban areas" mean anything to ANYONE (other than Jivaii)? Why must it always be about making every single piece of equipment dangerous to everyone except the person operating it? (which in some cases this would call for EVERYBODY. Go UAV's!) I agree that at the moment the prototype is slightly less practical than other methods of transportation, but I'm sure that it will change. Considering that Israel is near the top of most major weapon development programs, I'm not worried.
ahh the things one can do with jet engines...
i think itd jus tbe easier to give moller a call tho...
I think all you Einsteins are missing the point of this thing. This is obviously to be used in getting over or around mined roadways. A big problem right now in Afghanistan. It uses less energy intensive "ground effect" to keep from treading on the nasty things.
What the Palestinians don't get US money? Millions. And what about EU money. Last year it was a billion Euros. Egypt gets $2.5 billion US, Jordan just under $2 billion and Israel $3 billion. Maybe the US should stop giving to both the Israelis and to the Arabs.It would definetly be better for Israel.
ok.. israeli military guy here, (rev.)
i want to answer some of your comments,
1) this UAV developers wanted it to carry stuff and take injured off urban places where a heli use will be suicidal
2)the UAV may have limited range but, hey- it was designed for israel- which is tiny, the distance between a full combat situation to the hospital can be just a few miles,
(like the merqava tank which was designed specially for the ultra bouldry golan hights, and some other stuff- the designers of military things in israel are contracted to bring solutions to spesific problems, this bullet proof UAV with no large exterior rotor can be the salvation of many soldiers in tight situatons in the urban chaos of gaza)
3)it designed to be unarmed in order to be lighter, more heavily protected, and carry more wight- if it will realise it potencial too well i guess we would see armed vers of it too
nice uav; for xtra lift you could possibly put 2 sets of retractable wings on; 2 short wings up near nose & 2 other stubbie wings just back from centre; to act more like a ground effects vehicle; retractible so as to only use when needing xtra height; front wings need to be able to swivel to about 35 degrees,from horizontal.
i say keep up good work with uav's, drones & other bots. that can spare human lives; or be used in search & rescue; & that can filter down to us lesser folks
I am not entering this not as a criticisum but as a form of "enlightenment". The change to airborn traffic allows the use of NASA's "driver" program. A 3D traffic pattern allows for no stops for intersections, and automatic avoidance. If you wish to have referances: Hybrodized Microcircuits for Defence, and commercial, use Solitron Devices, Inc. 1177 Blue Heron Blvd. Riviera Beach Fl. ; Research & Development Engineering; Prototype concept, design, and construction.
U R kidding, right?
Well it looks like helicopter rather than UAV when we loo at the size. But after reading the specifications,i was really impressed about this UAV where it has max take-off weight of 1,088kg with an altitude about 3,657m. More details can be found here. http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/airmule-uav/