[LINK] Progress Report on Googong Wings

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Tue Aug 8 08:36:43 AEST 2017

On 07/08/17 08:16, Roger Clarke wrote:
> [Google Wings is piloting its delivery drones (in both senses of the word) at a small new residential area called Googong, outside Queanbeyan NSW ...

Keep in mind that Google try a lot of things, only some of which become 
products or services.

One thing interesting with "Google Wings" is the hybrid aircraft. Unlike 
the the typical 'copter drone, optimized for vertical flight, the Google 
Wings drone had wings and motors for forward propulsion. It appears to 
be designed to take off vertically, using twelve lift motors, transition 
to horizontal flight with two larger motors and at the destination land 
vertically. This suggests ti could travel longer distances. However, I 
still don't see this becoming a mainstream service.

Google previously tried a tail sitting flying wing design: 

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