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Impossible Aerospace unveils "battery-first" drone offering 2 hours flight on a single charge

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A Sunnyvale based startup coming out of stealth is doing so with a drone made from a "battery-first approach" offering a commercial quadcopter which flies for 4 times the industry standard on a single charge coming at 2 hours with the average drone flying 30 minutes on a single charge.

The company is launching this product after taking on a $9.4 million Series A funding round to build what it terms as flying batteries.

Impossible Aerospace

Dubbed the US-1, The new UAV whose internal system is pictured above is a commercial grade drone which demonstrates the ability of Impossible's battery focused design geared by its team consisting of motor and battery experts from the likes of Tesla and SpaceX working on the application of electric vehicle technology for the aerospace industry.

"The US-1 is more than just a drone. It's the first aircraft designed properly from the ground up to be electric, using existing battery cells without compromise" said Spencer Gore, CEO of Impossible Aerospace. "It's not so much an aircraft as it is a flying battery, leveraging an energy source that doubles as its primary structure."





Impossible Aerospace

As displayed on the first image in this article, Impossible Aerospace has offered its drone to firefighters, police departments and rescue teams with sales already made as of current. The products already sold were bundled with custom sensors for effectual use.

Impossible's quadcopter represents another step in the drone industry as more firms pop up to apply new ways to create more solutions and make operation of drones more easier for users.

The $9.4 million Series A round was led by Bessemer Venture partners with Airbus Ventures and returning investor Eclipse Ventures also participating in this round.

Impossible Aerospace

"From both a cost and environmental standpoint, the future of aviation is electric," said Greg Reichow of Eclipse Ventures. "We invested in Impossible Aerospace because of their thoughtful and systematic approach to re-thinking the fundamentals of electric aircraft. Our first product, the US-1, outperforms existing solutions in a market crying out for reliable, domestically-manufactured long-duration aircraft, while validating the technology required to build aircraft of the future."

Impossible which has now raised $11 million in total is making its US-1 drone available for delivery late this year. After launch, The drone will be sold through the Sunnyvale based 2 year old startup's online channel.


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