A JTARV Model P-200 is demonstrated. (U.S. Army photo: Jhi Scott)

The US Army demonstrated the flying capabilities of a unique rectangular-shaped quadcopter. The Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV), also known as a hoverbike, may one day make it possible for soldiers on the battlefield to order resupply and then receive those supplies rapidly.

While the current prototype is electric, researchers are looking at a hybrid propulsion system that may dramatically increase range. The team is also exploring increasing payload capacity to 800 pounds, and extending the range up to 125 miles. The goal is to develop a modular, stable platform that can be used for dynamic and challenging missions.