Google registers two supply drones for US testing
Google X’s Challenge Wing idea was a singular tackle the supply drone: a single-winged UAV that took off and landed vertically. Regardless of in depth testing in Australia, the plan did not work in addition to the corporate hoped. In March this yr Google X head Astro Teller introduced the group was engaged on a brand new design, and now, FAA paperwork present that two Google-constructed UAVs, codenamed the M2 and the B3, have been registered this month within the US. The M2 made the FAA registry on October 2nd, whereas the B3 was listed October seventh.
The Guardian broke a narrative again in August about Google sidestepping sure FAA guidelines, leveraging its relationship with NASA to be able to check its drones in distant California. By advantage of the registration paperwork, it seems that Google is planning on legitimizing its efforts, actively and brazenly testing the drones within the US. You solely want register a UAV with the FAA should you’re flying for non-leisure causes outside. What’s extra, given the 2 distinct mannequin numbers — somewhat than the identical mannequin with totally different serial numbers — it is a affordable assumption that Google has two designs presently within the works.
Past that, although, we will not discern an excessive amount of from the paperwork. Each drones are registered close to to the corporate’s Boulder, CO workplace, quite than its most important campus in Mountain View, CA. Each are fastened-wing plane with two electrical motors, and each weigh lower than fifty five kilos. This flies properly with info uncovered by The Guardian, which prompt the craft would “weigh lower than 25kg (55lbs), utilizing a number of electrical engines to fly at as much as 100mph and as excessive as one hundred twenty meters.” Teller has already stated he plans an replace on the drone program sooner or later this yr, so hopefully we’ll discover out extra concerning the firm’s drone(s) sooner quite than later.
We have reached out to Google for extra info on the paperwork and the brand new drones, and can replace this text with any response we obtain.