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Bell Autonomous Pod Transport APT 70 First Flight

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport APT-70 completed its first autonomous flight at the Fort Worth facility. Part of an electrical vertical take off (eVTOL) family of drones under development. Can reach over 100 mph / 161 km/h and has a baseline payload of 70 lbs / 32 kgs





Bell Autonomous Pod Transport APT 70 First Flight
Bell, August 26, 2019 - Fort Worth, TX - Bell Textron Inc, a Textron Inc company, announced the successful first autonomous flight of the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 at their testing site near Fort Worth.

Bell plans to continue to test the vehicle under an experimental type certificate throughout the remainder of the year.

“We are excited to reach this milestone, and look forward to continuing to advance this technology for our customers,” said Scott Drennan, vice president, Innovation.

“The APT is designed to be capable of various mission sets, from package delivery to critical medical transport to disaster relief. We believe this capability will change the way unmanned aerial systems are used commercially in the future.”

APT 70 is part of the eVTOL family of vehicles Bell is developing and can reach speeds of more than 100mph and has a baseline payload capability of 70 lbs.

Bell’s APT systems allow for flexible mission capabilities while keeping operations simple, efficient and fast; they are capable of twice the speed and range of a conventional multirotor. The vehicle is designed for rapid deployment, quick reconfiguration, and nimble battery swap and recharge.

Through the NASA Systems Integration and Operationalization (SIO) demonstration activity, Bell will use the APT 70 to demonstrate a simulated commercial mission in the national airspace system and conduct beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight operations. The demonstration is expected to be held in mid-2020.

Bell is also in collaboration with Yamato, a Japanese third-party logistics provider, to integrate Yamato’s package handling system into APT 70 providing an exceptional customer experience for on-demand logistics services. The Bell and Yamato team conducted a demonstration today showcasing their systems working together in preparation for entry into service anticipated by the early-2020s.







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