Elroy Air Chaparral Wins IDSA Award

 In Infrastructure, Air, Industrial

IDSA Awards are a col­lec­tion of awards pre­sent­ed in recog­ni­tion of sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the Society or the indus­tri­al design pro­fes­sion, excel­lence in aca­d­e­m­ic advance­ment, or per­son­al achieve­ment. The awards out­lined here are pre­sent­ed annu­al­ly at, or in close prox­im­i­ty to, the International Design Conference. IDSA’s Awards Committee, made up of IDSA mem­bers and chaired by IDSA’s At-large Director (Awards), main­tains annual over­sight of this port­fo­lio and eval­u­ates can­di­dates to iden­ti­fy deserv­ing recip­i­ents.

Demand for rapid logis­tics has spiked glob­al­ly. Traditional infra­struc­ture like roads and air­ports are not scal­ing to meet global demand, traf­fic con­ges­tion is at an all-time high, and over 1 bil­lion people live in com­mu­ni­ties out­side the reach of reli­able road­ways.

The Elroy Air Chaparral has the abil­i­ty to improve the qual­i­ty of life glob­al­ly by increas­ing access to time-sen­si­tive crit­i­cal sup­plies.

It is an autonomous air vehi­cle trans­port solu­tion that leapfrogs tra­di­tion­al infra­struc­ture. It deliv­ers and retrieves cargo, up to 300 pounds over a 300-mile range, with­out human con­tact.

Now hard-to-reach com­mu­ni­ties don’t have wait to receive crit­i­cal goods, such as med­i­cine and food. It can also be used in dis­as­ter relief sit­u­a­tions to resup­ply crit­i­cal goods for the mil­i­tary, and to deliv­er goods to extreme cli­mates, such as rural Alaskan com­mu­ni­ties — all with­out risk­ing pilot lives.

The Chaparral is dis­tin­guished from mil­i­tary, gen­er­al avi­a­tion, and con­sumer drones while still pro­ject­ing a grav­i­ty appro­pri­ate to a high-pow­ered piece of future logis­tics equip­ment.

Designed by: Colin Owen, Clint Cope, Terik Weekes, Isaiah Jones, and Sean Belardo for Elroy Air

@elroyair @IDSA

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