Airborne-Unmanned 11.23.21: Zipline Delivers 4 Walmart, Dream Chaser, eMagic

Also: Samad Joins Aerosud, Rocket Lab, Russian Anti-Sat Test, Ascent Aerosystems Intro’s the Spirit Residents of Pea Ridge, Arkansas are set to enjoy Walmart’s new on-demand delivery service, with a driver a little out of the ordinary. For those within range of the Neighborhood Market Walmart location, orders for select health and wellness items, and a variety of consumable items, will be delivered by a Zipline drone to their front door. After announcing the offering of autonomous delivery in 2020, Walmart and Zipline have been creating a 25-foot platform to act as a miniature airport of sorts, necessary to provide enough room to safely take off and land, as well as house the aircraft and flight operations crew. Sierra Space has appeared to be an underdog in its efforts to secure past NASA contracts with a heretofore unmanned vehicle that has the potential to eventually carry astronauts. In 2014, it was passed over for a chance to fly personnel for the agency, and rebuffed upon appeal. After securing a contract to fly cargo and supplies to the ISS, things began looking up for a time. Now, 5 years on and $1 billion spent, the spacecraft still has not flown a mission. Thomas Senkel made eVTOL and AAM history with his pioneering work on Volocopter, neé e-Volo, as one of the founding members and testers of their multi-copter air taxi aircraft. After 5 years with the company, Senkel split in 2016. He partnered with Michael Kügelgen to start eMagic. Their focus on a hybrid fixed-wing/multirotor system results in an aircraft with longer range, greater efficiency, and vastly improved flight characteristics when compared to a standard rotor-based eVTOL. All this — and MORE in today’s episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!

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