A South Carolina-based start-up, UAS Directions, has developed a 3D unibody platform for framed, multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The company has created the frameless Droplet V1, which has an internal cargo bay that can hold equipment such as deliverable packages, cameras and sensors. Features include sound muffling, encapsulation of internal electronics and impact absorption in the event of a crash.
According to Aaron Weller, founder of UAS Directions, the product addresses ‘limitations and inherent safety flaws in [UAVs'] shape and exposed propellers.’
‘What if a drone could take on any 3D shape?” he notes. ‘I believe if you can't wrap your hands around a multi-rotor drone under full power, then it just isn't practical.’
UAS Directions says future designs of the product will also include automotive integration, custom corporate brands and airframes designed to dock with a smartphone.