A group of self-driven students from the University of Southern Denmark has designed, built and successfully flown the first ever box-blended wing drone.
This drone, with a wingspan of 1.5 meters can fly for ranges over 80km, carry 2 kg of load, and transports sensors and imaging equipment.
The drone has a box wing configuration, minimizing induced drag created by the generation of vortexes at the tip of the wings. It boosts an extra 20% efficiency compared to conventional aircraft designs.
It is powered by an electric motor and can do fully autonomous launch, way-point navigation and landing. The drone uses advanced materials in its construction: the monocoque tail and body are constructed in carbon fiber, sandwiched with a structural foam core. 3D printed parts reinforced with continuous fibers were used and the design was built for modularization and ease of assembly.