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This monster drone can lift 600 pounds

This drone could have serious implications for industrial work spaces.

 

John-Michael Bond

Tech

Published Jan 25, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:23 am CDT

From matchbox-sized toy for your kids to mini fighter jets used in war, drones have become an inescapable reality of modern life. 

Still, there’s one place they have yet to take off: industrial work. But a new model may change that. The Griff 300 is a 165-pound, 8-propeller, megadrone, capable of lifting 660 pounds for up to 45 minutes.


Of course, that’s just if you want to pick things up. According to Digital Trends,  the drone is highly customizable, meaning it can be repurposed for everything from firefighting, industrial maintenance, or search and rescue operations. The Griff 300 is just the first model, with an 800 model planned for the future. Each model’s name is a reference to how much gross weight it can carry in kilograms. For the 800 model that means it will be able to carry up to 1,764 pounds, making it an option for replacing smaller industrial cranes.

Giff Aviation has had the drone certified by both the FAA (Federal Aviation Safety Agency) in the U.S. and the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), making it the only professional drone that has both certifications. 

H/T Digital Trends

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2017, 6:19 pm CST