Natilus Kona: Blended Wing Body goodness

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Message posted by Smythers (Member since 04/27/2023) on August 17, 2023 at 8:11:04 PST:

Youtube link of flights of the sub-scale demonstrator

Natilus Kona Aircraft

The 85 ft. full-scale Kona demonstrator, the smallest of the Natilus fleet, will be the largest commercial air cargo drone targeted to fly in 2024. Kona will also help to open new markets for air cargo as the vehicle can land and take off on unpaved runways as short as 800 meters.

The patent-pending ‘Diamond’ cargo-bay allows Natilus to offer 60% more volume and lower flight costs by 60%. Natilus aircraft can hold a large configuration of standard pallets and outsized cargo, without a contouring requirement.

Natilus Investment and Purchase Commitments

Natilus announced last month that the company has received total commitments to date for $6.8B, for delivery of more than 460 aircraft.

Supplier partnerships include agreements with Janicki for composite designs; Pratt & Whitney Canada for engines; Collins Aerospace for specialized loading systems; Siemens’ NX™ software for computer-aided design, as well as purchase agreements from customers, including Ameriflight, Astral Aviation, Aurora, Dymond, Volatus Aviation, Flexport, and others, currently undisclosed.

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