UAV Laflamme Aero tests drone with 90 kg maximum payload

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Laflamme Aero Inc., a company based in Quebec, Canada, announced the successful conclusion of a first series of flight tests for the LX300 drone.

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With its 300 kg of maximum takeoff weight, the LX300 is one of the world’s biggest helicopter-type drone to ever take flight. With an estimated useful payload of 90 kg, the LX300 targets both commercial and military applications. According to the press release, the defense and security sector, in particular, has demonstrated a considerable interest in Laflamme Aero’s drone.

“We have just completed a very important step. Our first series of flight tests has demonstrated how stable the craft is and how maneuverable it is during takeoffs and landings. Several of those maneuvers are both complex and critical. There is no doubt that the results from those tests will allow us to move on more rapidly to the last steps of our development program,” commented Enrick Laflamme, president of Laflamme Aero.

Laflamme Aero plans on continuing its series of tests over the next 12 months, in order to begin the commercialization of the LX300 by the autumn of 2019.

The LX300 was unveiled during the AUVSI’ Xponential 2017 in Dallas. The drone with its tandem-rotor configuration offers three cargo compartments in the fuselage.  The main cargo compartment can be used as a clima-cargo for temperature-sensitive missions or as an airdrop system which allows dropping the entire cargo compartment.

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