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Powerful Drone Can Seriously Lift 500 Pounds

By Andy Franco , Jan 11, 2017 08:49 PM EST

Norwegian drone maker Griff Aviation has an amazing drone that can lift up to 660 pounds, including its own 165 pound weight. The drone’s name is called the Griff 300 with the number taken from the gross weight in kilograms it can carry. According to its maker, the Griff 300 can travel with whatever it’s carrying for 45 minutes.

Even the company’s origin name is already packed with power. Griff Aviation takes inspiration from an ancient symbol of vigilance and protection: the griffin, a powerful and legendary beast that is half an eagle and half a lion.

Through Leif Johan Holland’s, the CEO of Griff Aviation, experience in drone videography, safe drone operations are given prime importance. Customers will be guaranteed safety as Griff Aviation had its drones certified by two drone regulatory agencies. Griff 300 is the first drone in the market to acquire certification in the U.S. by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and in the European Union by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Griff Aviation’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology is also apparently the first to be flight approved by the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

It should be noted that its payload is also customizable. You have the option to choose features that assist in wind turbine maintenance, something green energy companies can look forward to. This ability readily allows Griff users to choose a drone suitable for their own needs.

As Griff 300 is only the first in a series, another drone which will be called Griff 800 is also being readied for release. Expect it to be even more powerful as it will be able to carry up to 800 kilograms or 1,764 pounds. The company will push the current drone design even further than its current lifting capacity. Holland remarks that it is the start of an aviation revolution.

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