02 Sep Google Project Wing here as the drones are made for deliveries of Google
The drones Project Wing are apparently super technology, but are still prototypes and in fact are built one by one, by hand.
Google stunned the world by revealing the head of The Atlantic that is working on a delivery system via drone , a competitor of the service that Amazon would activate as soon as possible, in fact.
The drones works his famous secret laboratory Google X, and Project Wing is the term used to give a name to their work on these special drones pony-express. The robotic aircraft for Google is much more original and interesting than those designed by Amazon, which are “regular” aircraft multielica. The laboratory Google X has chosen a very different solution.
How are the drones Wing Project
The drones deliveries Google nowadays is still a prototype. Designed in a room called “The Hatchery”, are surprisingly large in size, and made of a delta wing design. Think short, to a kite or a hang glider. The name of the last prototype is Chickadee.
This form allows you to change the configuration of the flight, and remain stationary in the air in the so-called “Holy Spirit”, using its thrusters propeller like a helicopter. This mode is used during takeoff and landing and to make deliveries, which take place through a cable, from the air.
A stationary drone is like the Space Shuttle, with the nose pointing upwards. The tail acts as a “stand”, a leg that keeps it upright. The outer surface is of plastic material, as well as the shell of the fuselage. The wings are of lightweight foam covered by a thin shiny layer. The Chickadee he looks smooth and aerodynamics of a white airliner, but has been completely handmade, sawn and bent to the desired shape. There are four engines, two on the wings, two on the main body.
The configuration “tail sitter” has never been very popular in the world of aeronautics, although some experiments of the fifties or even earlier. For the pilots, said honestly, really do not like the idea of shooting on location. A drone, however, does not have to look after the sick.
The delivery system from the top is just as interesting. Why drop the pack with a cable? The answer is that users who receive a parcel always have the urge to take it as soon as possible, even though they know that the propellers are dangerous. This solves the problem, as well as create a lot of character engineering: the pack down to 10 meters per second and is slowed by two, and if it encounters an obstacle that blocks all, there is a razor that can cut the cable and save the drone.
Telemetry: This drone is a robot?
One of the most interesting points of the problem of deliveries of Google is its electronic brain. In the area of the tail, which we recall here is a single area at the center of the wing, there is a computer that is more or less powerful as a desktop today. There are accelerometers, gyroscopes and GPS. Nothing laser pointer, today, its inclusion is planned for the future. The telemetry data are sent through two radios, a broadband connection, the other band short.
Google is also working hard to give his brain a drone capable of reacting to the borderline cases, the oddities and everything that relates to the actual delivery automated in the real world. The Wing Project is studying an unmanned drone remotely, a real robot, in fact.
But unlike Amazon, Google intends to use Google Maps method for automation: use hundreds or thousands of people to provide assistance, information and corrections, in order to teach machines to do their work efficiently. At the end of the project when the drones can really fly, humans will literally made dismiss the machines, now become independent.
The problem to be solved, at that point, will cover all the problems in which men can not help, how to avoid collisions with birds and other aircraft.