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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: JJRichey
Picture a cardboard box made out of 1/4" MDO. That's the idea.
originally posted by: ignorant_ape
a reply to: Forensick
tarting payload = 300kg - not 30
originally posted by: lordcomac
Curious they'd use plywood, though. It's wood and glue- expensive, heavy, and weak compared to the thousands of better options out there. Carboard and wire coathangers would be a better start.
originally posted by: anzha
Logistics Gliders Inc just completed testing for the USMC of drone gliders made from plywood. These are intended to be disposable UAVs to drop supplies to troops. They can be dropped from helicopters or even from cargo planes. The most expensive bit about them is probably the electronics and even those are pretty cheap: they're cheaper than the JPADS or CDS systems currently used and the plan is to get the gliders down to less than $1k each.
LGI is working on two versions, one to carry 300 kg and another to carry 700 kg. Their range is about 110 km (about 68 miles).
Pretty basic and pretty cool at the same time.
Not exactly a hypersonic or stealthy or cylon bird, but could have some great potential for logistics out in less than friendly areas.