We recently carried out a study to see how consumption patterns would change if consumers were informed about product lifetime at the time of purchase. The European Economic and Social Committee has published the findings of this study, carried out by the University of Southern Brittany, the Sircome agency, and the University of Southern Bohemia.
Our main goal was to see whether displaying a product’s lifespan would influence a consumer’s decision to purchase. In other words, would our consumption patterns change if the lifetime was indicated? Would we choose the same products if we had this information? It seems we would not, and there are easy ways for manufacturers to inform of us of our options.
The specs are demanding. The vehicle has to take off and land vertically transiting to and from horizontal flight for long range. Many of the entries don't appear to be serious. If I was running a contest like this I'd create a qualifier with requirements beyond the capabilities of a conventional drone, but with the abilities of advanced amateurs while meeting current FAA requirements.