The VTOL kit can be integrated onto a standard Aerosonde air vehicle and does not impact flight performance. Source: Textron Systems
Textron Systems has trialled an applique vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) system on an Aerosonde 4.7 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Testing of the Hybrid Quadrotor technology was completed in January 2016 at the Florence Military Range in Arizona, Textron Systems’, David Phillips told IHS Jane’s . “This flight testing established the VTOL lift and manoeuvre capability. The successful demonstration of transition to forward flight was completed in March at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.” Phillips noted that the conditions and mission profile of the test flights were typical of an Aerosonde mission.
Latitude Engineering developed the Hybrid Quadcopter system, the operation of which was enabled by Cloud Cap Technology, Phillips explained, adding that the integration on the air vehicle was conducted by the Textron Systems Small and Medium Unmanned Aircraft Systems development team.