At Wyss Zurich, engineers, scientists and programmers are developing a completely new aircraft design that will overcome these challenges. The project evolved from years of research conducted at the Autonomous Systems Lab of ETH Zurich, who are leaders in the field of flying robots. This novel type of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), called Wingtra, combines the advantage of a traditional airplane and a helicopter. Just like an airplane, the wing will generate lift in forward flight, thereby allowing longer distances to be covered and heavier payloads to be carried farther. The main handling burdens will be overcome by their ability to autonomously Vertically Take-Off and Land (VTOL).