A startup with 777-size autonomous drones project, can cut air freight costs in half.
’ huge unmanned planes in 2020, could carry 200,000 pounds of cargo across the globe.
The company’s goal is to build a 30-foot prototype and then to create the full-scale, 200-foot drone by 2020.
Founded by a group of aircraft designers and military drone specialists in 2014. Natilus Inc. is a company specializing in the production and operation of large amphibious aircraft drones which introduces a more cost effective way to transport goods worldwide.
According to Natilus:
Natilus is the next generation cargo carrier, an organically designed, built and serviced large cargo capacity UAV – not a deliverer of small packages.
Natilus has identified the “sweet-spot” in the international freight market between sea and air freight
o Difference between sea and air freight cost is about 10x
o Natilus can deliver cargo 17x faster than a standard cargo ship
o Natilus can deliver cargo at 50% the price of a Boeing 747
Natilus can be produced at a fraction of the cost of a Boeing 747
o Applying ‘Skunk Works’ development techniques
o Operating outside of FAA airspace certification saves years and millions of dollars
o Removal of life support
o Vehicle price drops from 250M to 20M
Natilus can be operated at a fraction of the cost of a Boeing 747
o Fuel represent over 32% of the total operating cost of an airline
Through slower speeds and early adoption of electric engines, Natilus will reduce fuel
burn by 50%
o Labor represent over 20% of the total operating cost of an airline
Natilus drones will use state-of-the-art auto pilot systems to significantly reduce labor
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