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The production of a large autonomous cargo drone, the Natilus, will soon start, promising to contribute to the reduction of both the cost and environmental impact of air freight.

Volatus Aerospace’s Natilus N3.8T is the first in a family of next-generation freight aircraft. The twin-engine turboprop will have a maximum takeoff weight of 8,618 kg (19,000 lbs.). It offers an estimated 60% more cargo volume than traditional aircraft of the same weight while reducing costs and carbon dioxide per pound by 50%. 

The aircraft integrates three specific technologies to create increased efficiencies: Blended Wing Body (BWB) design, remote-pilot operation, and standard container standardization. 

The aircraft has completed the second wind tunnel test and is expected to begin deliveries in 2025, according to uasviaion.com.