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Heli-Expo 2019: Bell moves out with autonomous pod flight test programme

26th February 2019 - 12:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Manufacturer Bell is continuing to test and develop its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) unmanned vehicle programme as it bids to expand on collaborative partnerships announced in 2018.

Based on a tail-sitting eVTOL configuration and powered by four electric motors, two APT variants are designed to carry payloads of up to 20lbs (9.1kg) and 70lbs (31.8kg) respectively.

A number of commercial markets are being targeted by Bell, as it looks to build on test case scenarios and experimental type projects already agreed with third party logistics supplier Yamato and NASA.

Yamato and Bell are involved in a partnership that will include

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