Yates to unveil cargo drone with 48-foot wingspan

By Yates Electrospace Corp. | January 28, 2020

Yates Electrospace Corp., whose Silent Arrow platform is bringing disruptive innovation to the heavy payload, unmanned cargo delivery market, has announced the design completion and specifications of a wide-body version of its successful GD-2000 cargo delivery drone, with unveiling set for July 2020 at the Farnborough International Airshow, UK. 

Developed by YEC based on real-time demand from U.S. and allied foreign government Special Operators including the U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), the new wide-body is 60 percent larger than the standard trademarked Silent Arrow GD-2000, with a 140 cubic foot cargo bay that accommodates five times more life-saving supplies, medicines and tactical cargo.

“The YEC engineering team used current flight data from the inaugural GD-2000 product line along with extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to optimize the aerodynamics and glide ratio of this rather massive cargo delivery platform,” said Chip Yates, YEC’s founder and CEO. “With two launch customers on hand, our accelerated schedule delivers development units by the end of March 2020 and 10 flight test units throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2020.”

Specification highlights of the new Silent Arrow GD-2000 WB include:

-Gross Weight: 2,000lbs (907 kg)

-Cargo Weight: 1,250lbs (567 kg)

-Cargo Volume: 140cu/ft (4 cu/m)

-Glide Ratio: 7.63:1

-Standoff: 36 miles (58km)

-Logistics: 48ft wingspan (4 spring-deployed wings) stowed in 3.5ft x 3.5ft x 13ft fuselage 

Designed for immediate air response and emergency relief, Silent Arrow’s tightly integrated packaging with its unique spring-deployed wing system transported inside the fuselage, high standoff distance and low cost has received enthusiastic reception from both the tactical resupply and the humanitarian and disaster relief markets. Silent Arrow is designed for fixed-wing and rotorcraft deployment of critically needed supplies, cargo and fuel under austere operating conditions and timelines.