Oversights of industry and academia have left the aircraft industry wide open for disruptive changes,
basic HIGH SCHOOL drone proejcts can lead to scalable designs that outperform the best of today's aircraft,
with an impact that will have a greater impact on global warming than any international treaty,
and will literally transform society into a new era.
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? ... three reasons
As illustratred by the image, poor drone designs (all of today's vertical takeoff drones) result in impacting air (for horizontal flight) countering desired lift. This is common in helicopters and causes helicopters to have fuel economies that are typically one fourth that of fixed with aircraft. The tech-term is a low lift-to-drag (L:D) ratio where helicopters have L:D of about 4 compared to passenger airliners at 16-18. Helicopters are also slower. Any contribution of the fuselage (lower image) to lift has significant payoffs in the transition from hovering to cruising.
The solution resides on designs that transition from vertical takeoff to horizontal flight where lifting-body designs play a major part in achieving good L:D--like the US Marine's Osprey, only better designs are possible.
Better designs have: a) low complexity, b) light weight, c) narrow wingspans (lifting body technology), d) high L:D when cruising, e) stability in flight pitch/yaw/roll, and f) scalability. Effective designs will have 4X the efficiency and 4X the speed (translating to more than 10X the range) of traditional quadcopters. Energy efficiency is critical for battery technology to replace petroleum fuels with electricity from renewable resources along with the GREAT STRIDES toward curtailing global warming.
Do not look to politicians and industry for solutions to today's greatest issues... look at yourself and good people around you!
Prototype demonstration is scheduled for July of 2019 along with conversion of earlier patent applications. Details of technology will be available by August of 2019. Until then, the following links provide a discussion of flight theory, energy efficiency, and lifting body designs.