Small UAV can take off and land vertically

Oct. 6, 2011
Small UAV can take off and land vertically

For more information on the company’s other military UAVs

After four years of R&D, engineers at AeroVironment Inc., Monrovia, Calif., have successfully test flown their Shrike UAV, a 5-lb drone that can fit in a backpack and take off and land vertically. Built under contract from DARPA, the Shrike can hover or fly for more than 40 min while transmitting high-resolution encrypted video back to a home base. It also has enough battery power to land on the top of a building or cliff, for example, and transmit several hours of video of what it is looking at, a capability the Pentagon calls “perch and stare.” The battery-powered aircraft is remotely flown using the same ground-control system used to pilot the company’s other UAVs, including the Raven, Wasp, and Puma.

© 2011 Penton Media, Inc.

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