Teledrone Ltd is a UK-based company incorporated to meet the requirements of the Boeing-sponsored GoFly Challenge. Here in February 2020 it would be one of just twenty-one teams to appear from well over eight hundred worldwide.
A key feature of the vehicle is division of the functions of lift and control between two separate quadcopters forming the upper and lower surfaces of a box containing the operator, for which patent protection is sought in various territories.
Set for delivery in flat-pack format, its aluminium-composite airframe weighs under 50 kg (110 lb) and it fits a footprint of just one metre by two.
Development is overseen by Colin Hilton, the designer of the vehicle and a former airline captain, in partnership with Peter Day, an entrepreneur with various aviation interests.
The free-flight prototype will undergo a test-flight program controlled remotely and accommodating a ballasted dummy.
Principal aims of this proof-of-concept are completion of the GoFly Challenge, besides pursuit of Experimental (UK) and Ultralight (US) classification ~ and subsequent sales of kits at a price-point on a par with that of motorcycles or jet-skis.
As of now, the prototype octocopter has been hover-tested indoors empty of payload (lower entry in video section) and negotiations are ongoing with the UK CAA toward grant of an exemption for free-flight testing.
Colin Hilton 20th October 2020