The Autonomous Pod Transport 70 is part of an electrical vertical take off (eVTOL) family of drones under development by Bell. APT 70 can reach over 100 mph / 161 km/h and has a baseline payload of 70 lbs / 32 kgs. First flew on August 2019.
By December 2020 the APT flight test program has completed over 300 flights including a 49 kgs / 110 lbs of payload over an 12 km / 8-mile route
APT 70 News
APT Drone Airdrop Supplies, 13-Oct-21 : #resupply Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) drone demonstrated its ability to airdrop supplies
Point-to-Point Autonomous Delivery, 03-Feb-21 : #Innovation Hillwood and Bell demonstrate point-to-point autonomous package delivery at the Alliance Texas Mobility Innovation Zone
Bell APT with ARA Robotic in Canada, 18-Jan-21 : #drones Bell Canada and ARA Robotic tested the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) cargo drone with a new airframe at the Mirabel, Quebec facility
Bell APT 70 Drone in Demo Flight for NASA, 01-Oct-20 : #NASA Bell Autonomous Pod Transport APT 70 drone completes NASA’s systems integration and operationalization demo flights to demonstrate safety and utility of unmanned aircraft for future commercial uses
Bell Drone First Beyond Visual Line of Sight Flight, 20-Jul-20 : #drones Bell’s Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) drone completed its first beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight as part of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UASIPP)