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We present the latest in disruptive technology for aerial logistics with BMT SPARO; a lightweight suspended robot that descends from an aircraft on a long weight-bearing line to collect or deliver payloads. Instead of a large aircraft having to land or hover close to the ground at remote, challenging locations, our new approach allows the aircraft to remain clear at heights up to 400ft(+) agl while the device takes responsibility for the final delivery/collection of the payload at ground level. This offers step-change improvements in capability, safety and through-life costs.
Along with our technical partner, Wright Airborne Computing, we initially developed the concept for defence applications. It was selected by the UK Ministry of Defence for the highly competitive annual flagship innovation event; the ”Army Warfighting Experiment 22”. The world-first demonstration took place in HM Naval Base Portsmouth, UK, in November 2022 attracting the following feedback:
“…it will provide a capability unlike anything else known to defence. It would enable the use of UAS to deliver payloads in the most challenging terrain, reducing risk to both the airframe, the payload and personnel on the ground."
Beyond Defence, BMT SPARO offers a fundamentally new option for air mobility and logistics, with applications across e-commerce, commercial maritime, engineering, Emergency Services and Search and Rescue. Recently granted a patent by the U.K. Intellectual Property Office, we are seeking a wide range of commercial partners to explore global applications further.
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