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AUVSI 2016: New business angles with VTOL UAS

5th May 2016 - 16:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in New Orleans

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Textron Systems say that their Aerosonde Hybrid UAS would need to continue development before any thought was given to customer sales, although as it stands such a system could be capable of operating via a fee-for-service basis.

On April 28 the company announced the successful demonstration of an Aerosonde, fitted with what it termed Hybrid Quadrotor technology, which effectively enables the platform to take off and land vertically. Latitude Engineering and Cloud Cap Engineering have cooperated in the project. 

The UAS has been extensively flown for military and commercial customers, racking up more than 130,000 flight hours. In March the

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