Stumbling Blocks for Google’s New Drone, Previous Design Scrapped
In March of 2015, Google announced that they will be completely redesigning their drone for their upcoming drone delivery system – Project Wing. Headed by the Google Project X Research Lab, this endeavor seeks to develop commercial applications for unmanned aerial vehicles. The program is over two years in the making (established in 2011), but the company only formally announced its existence last year.
The announcement marked the project as a potential competitor with Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery service. Before Project Wing, the company has already ventured into the drone industry with the $60 million USD purchase of drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace in April 2014. The original prototype was a single-wing design spanning five feet which was supposed to have vertical take-off and landing capabilities. An alleged problem with this design was that the drone was unable to withstand high wind conditions and subsequently veered off into uncontrolled flight paths.
Testing took place in Australia, five months after the team first noticed problems, in a rushed attempt to determine the viability of the design. Engineers anticipated problems with the design early on, but the company decided to confirm their reservations with field testing. Astro Teller, director of Google X, released a statement to the press at the 2015 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. He described the drone’s issue with a shifting payload as the vehicle switched from vertical to a horizontal orientation when airborne, as well as its difficulty maintaining hover position. Google X
is the division of the company focused on developed progressive, forward-thinking technologies. Headed by Astro Teller since 2010, the research arm is dedicated solely to producing innovative and slightly improbable projects – called “moonshots” by the company. Some notable projects include: Google Glass
– a controversial computer-equipped eyewear development, Project Loon – a project to provide internet services to underdeveloped regions via hot air balloon, and the Google self-driving car.
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Posted on March 26, 2015