Textron demonstrates VTOL Aerosonde as it snags US Army Shadow contract

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BY: JAMES DREW

Textron Systems says it has successfully demonstrated a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) with its Aerosonde unmanned air vehicle using the hybrid quadcopter technology that it is pursuing along with Latitude Engineering and Cloud Cap Technology.

The recent demonstration in Hunt Valley, Maryland, saw an Aerosonde adapted with a multi-rotor system lift off and land vertically, as opposed to being catapult-launched and recovered via a catch net.

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