TECHNOLOGY:  

APSARA: Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply Actions

AFFILIATION:   Otherlab, Sky Machines, San Francisco, California, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Defense Systems
Area: UAVs
Tech Readiness: TRL 4

Tech Brief: APSARA is an autonomous glider that is low-cost and disposable. The vehicle is an “industrial-strength paper airplane” constructed from biodegradable cellulosic materials. These vehicles are capable of transporting supplies over long distances at a fraction of the price of existing alternatives.

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: APSARA is a low-cost, precision air delivery system. APSARA vehicles are built from biodegradable cellulosic materials and glide to their destination guided by autonomous algorithms. APSARA represents a massive reduction in cost to deliver materiel to inaccessible locations with unmatched speed and pinpoint precision. Our systems allow delivery of critical supplies when and where they are needed most. Whether built in volume or customized on a per-payload basis, APSARA vehicles leverage inexpensive materials with a short logistics tail. As a bonus, the materials are easily disposed of once delivery is complete, reducing system footprint. Delivery from airborne platforms reduces reliance on local infrastructure (e.g., roads) and allows access to all operational locations. Unlike parachute-dropped payloads, APSARA vehicles fly themselves to their destination. Dropped from a standard transport vehicle (such as a C-130 with a range of 3800 km), our gliders have a range up to 150 km, allowing a single platform to cover an area larger than the state of California.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Website: http://www.otherlab.com
Booth Number: W408