10 Oct 20113
United Kingdom/Türkiye - We are delighted to announce the membership of the drone manufacturer CargoTron as the latest member to Drone Logistics Ecosystem (DLE). The company is working on development of a drone platform specifically used in the middle/last mile B2B delivery services. DLE is supporting engagement of other members to collaborate with CargoTron, we are keen to support startups to accelerate faster. CargoTron has revealed the PD250 in April this year, a remotely piloted, one-tonne, hybrid eVTOL that can deliver a 250 kg payload over 600 km. Primary use case of PD250 is B2B express/less than truck load parcel deliveries overcoming constraints in ground transportation and congestion.
Thanks to down-folding wings, it can take-off/land in loading areas, car parks etc. Other use cases include delivery of humanitarian aid, emergency cargo, equipment to offshore/wind farm vertiports plus para-military and military tasks. Customers have identified benefits to transport different volumes and types of cargo such as general B2B supplies, refrigerated medical aid, and maintenance equipment to remote zones not easily accessible and at low cost. Target customers include logistic supply companies, humanitarian aid/emergency supply operators, offshore wind farm operators, coastguards, para-military and military. Unique selling points include smallest safe landing zone, customisable cargo pods, quick changeover of cargo pods on ground, lowest acquisition and operating costs.
"EVTOL cargo drones are slowly overtaking demand from passenger versions. Remotely piloted cargo drones are becoming increasingly popular, both Deloitte and SMG project cargo drones taking a greater share of the eVTOL market from 2025-2030. PD250’s standard cargo-pod is designed to house two half-size Euro-palettes with up to 250 kg payload. In parallel to that PD250 can carry customized cargo-pods to accommodate refrigerated or bulk cargo." Mr Ross Kelly, CEO of CARGO TRON.
CARGOTRON is a British-Turkish start-up established in 2021 to develop middle-mile/last mile capable drone delivery solutions. CargoTron is looking for investment/collaboration. The 2 co-founders and small core engineering team have over 150 years of aerospace experience, so we are confident that the product, its development and sales potential will be achieved with low risk with a high return on investment.
DRONE LOGISTICS ECOSYSTEM
DLE is a global/virtual network of Companies, Universities, the Public/Governments, and Investors operating in the drone logistics industry. The aim of the DLE is to bring together stakeholders to collaborate to stimulate standardization in this rapidly emerging industry. Hence, accelerating cross-border marketing and commercialization of products and services of its members. Since most of the companies in this industry are early-stage start-ups with limited access to funding, manpower and expertise, DLE is the ideal platform for companies to share their expertise to co-develop products and services and/or acquire necessary cross-border market access in partnership with other members.
In the past 2 years, DLE has expanded to include 57 organizations, consisting of 43 companies, 2 universities and world's largest drone association, Japan UAS Industrial Development Association, across 23 different countries. In a short period of time, we have been able to generate several international proof-of-concept projects with a few commercialization prospects in the pipeline. The pandemic has restricted our movement and DLE has been a great tool for our members to streamline communication and product development. We are in the process to create a commercialization model to help our members reach the market faster in partnership with other members.