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Dan Payne 2013

Possible First Application of Commercial Cargo Drones.

International Over Water Cargo Flights.
A long haul over water cargo flight is a great starting place for cargo drones. You have the safety of being over open water in sparsely populated areas.  If anything goes wrong, worst case scenario is the craft ends up in the water.
Reaping the full benefits of the UAV. Long haul flights require multiple crews which greatly increase the cost. A UAV would be able to change crew members from the ground station.

Scenario: 2021 Seattle Washington.loading drone cargo aircraft

6:00 am PST and a ground crew prepares the new Sasquatch Cargo Drone for takeoff. The Sasquatch is a new 17,300 lb. TKO (takeoff weight) Cargo Drone. It is powered by a single turboprop engine rated at 2050 shp. It has a range of almost 5000 statute miles.
The crew loads the final container into the aircraft and the dispatcher rechecks the weight and balance. Cargo load of 3,850 lbs. looks good and balance is within the envelope. The aircraft is towed to the end of the 4000 ft. long private airstrip. Command is switched over the ground based flight crew. When given the all clear, the engine is started and required run-up checks are completed. Local airspace is checked clear of aircraft and the takeoff roll begins.commercial cargo drone aircraft





Sasquatch Specs.*
Max TKO 17,300 lbs
BOW 5’900 lbs
Max Payload 4000 lbs.
Max Fuel  7,400 lbs
Max Ceiling 30,000 ft
Wing Span 57 ft
Cargo Bay: 21’ x 5’2” h x 5” w
Fuel Burn Cruise 485 lbs/hr
Cruise speed 300 knts/345 mph
The aircraft achieves considerable weight savings because of not having any considerations for human beings. The cabin is unpressurized and requires less structural support, it is made of carbon fiber. There are no seats for passengers or crew. There are no cockpit instruments, indeed there is no cockpit. There is no onboard radar equipment. Ground based flight crew use ground based radar and satellite images to guide the aircraft around weather. There is only rudimentary heating to keep the cargo from freezing at altitude. There is no air conditioning system.  There are no oxygen mask or oxygen tanks. The aircraft has no windows at all. It has no carpet, no headliners, sidewalls or other amenities.

6:30 am PST The aircraft easily breaks ground after 2300 ft of takeoff roll. The pilot points the aircraft to the assigned heading and engages the autopilot system. The autopilot system has been programmed with the complete flight path. The pilot now sits back and monitors flight parameters and stays alert for any warning messages from the computer. The pilot may be monitoring one or more aircraft. He/she is sitting next to several other pilots working other flights. A team leader wanders back and forth to insure all systems are normal for all of the flights.

8:30 am PST The aircraft is now over 500 miles out to sea and all systems are normal. The pilot is relieved for a while to take a break. At 8:50 the pilot returns to his seat with a fresh cup of coffee.

11:00 am PST

*The Sasquatch is a fictitious aircraft.

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