Elroy Air's self-flying drones could soon be used to deliver cargo

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San Francisco-based startup, Elroy Air, is developing an autonomous drone that could be used to haul heavy cargo as early as next year, according to the company's website.

The company has already raised US$9.2 million from investors to build the aircraft called "Chaparral," Forbes reports.

Its new self-flying drone will be able to carry 225 kg of cargo and fly 500 kilometers while in the air, according to Elroy Air's website.

The drone is said to use a grasping mechanism to automatically pick up and release cargo pods.

The aircraft will use six electric rotors for vertical take-offs and landings, Forbes reports.

A hybrid-electric powertrain system will be used to power the self-flying drone. This will allow fewer pollutants to be scattered in the air, according to the company's website.

Its website explains that the drone could also be used in humanitarian ways, such as to carry life saving supplies to disaster relief areas.

The drone will undergo testing this year and is expected to be put into service by 2020.

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1. The self-flying drone appears and is in the air
2. The drone picking up then releasing the cargo pod
3. The aircraft taking off and landing vertically
4. The drone flying in the sky

VOICEOVER (in English):
"According to Elroy Air's website, its new self-flying drone will be able to carry 225 kg of cargo and fly 500 kilometers while in the air."

"The drone is said to use a grasping mechanism to automatically pick up and release cargo pods."

"Forbes reports the aircraft will use six electric rotors for vertical take-offs and landings."

"A hybrid-electric powertrain system will be used to power the self-flying drone."

"According to the company's website, this will allow fewer pollutants to be scattered in the air."

SOURCES: Wired, Futurism, Elroy Air, Venture Beat, Forbes, Elroy Air Press release,
https://www.wired.com/story/elroy-cargo-drone-chaparral/
https://futurism.com/the-byte/giant-cargo-drone-elroy-air
http://www.elroyair.com/
https://venturebeat.com/2019/02/13/elroy-air-raises-9-2-million-for-delivery-drones-that-can-carry-up-to-500-pounds/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremybogaisky/2019/02/13/before-amazon-drops-packages-on-your-house-from-the-air-drones-may-start-to-transform-bulk-air-cargo/#694132e872fa
https://medium.com/@communications_71131/how-autonomous-air-cargo-can-expand-the-reach-of-expedited-logistics-33a98e98118c