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Animal Dynamics' parafoil UAS aims to tackle logistics challenges

13th December 2022 - 15:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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A rendering of the Stork-STM UAS which features a unique parafoil wing. (Photo: Animal Dynamics/Orbital UAV)

Animal Dynamics has partnered with Orbital UAV to explore propulsion solutions for its parafoil-wing Stork-STM UAS.

UK-based Animal Dynamics has developed a UAS based on parafoil technology that it believes can transport 135kg of cargo over 400km – the distance from London to Amsterdam.

The autonomous heavy-lift UAS can operate beyond visual line of sight and can land and take off in short distances in unprepared areas.

Speaking to Shephard, Animal Dynamics' business development director Paul Topping said the nucleus of the Stork-STM was formed by a Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) quest for last-mile resupply systems.

After further engagement, the need for longer-range and heavier-lift solutions became apparent, leading to development of the parafoil-based

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Harry Lye is Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

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