The Baam.Tech Elipse VTOL drone takes off vertically then, over about 10 seconds, the rotors pivot to face forward for forward flight. It costs $4,000 and is designed to carry cameras for up to 80 minutes on one battery charge.
Smaller drones use electric batteries, but this engine from Northwest UAV is designed to power military drones weighing up to 100 pounds. It uses heavy fuels like kerosene and even cooking oil and has multiple 3D-printed elements form sister company NW Rapid Manufacturing.
Autel Robotics’ Dragonfish is a fixed-wing drone that can take off vertically and carry a 14-pound payload. It’ll fly as long as 100 minutes and as far as 30km away from the controller, beaming 1,080-pixel video back as it flies.
SRP Aero’s Lynx is one of several drones at the Commercial UAV Expo that takes off vertically then converts to conventional forward flight. It weighs 10 pounds and flies 2 hours with its electric motor and can carry a Sony A6000 camera.