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LAAD 2013: Santos Lab unveils VTOL UAV

12th April 2013 - 00:34 GMT | by Tony Skinner in Rio de Janeiro


Santos Lab used the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro to publicly unveil a new VTOL UAV.

Dubbed the ORBIS, the UAV features a quadrotor configuration inside a ring airfoil, which allows it to transition from vertical to forward flight without any loss of momentum.

The designer of the system, Gabriel Klabin, told Shephard that the ORBIS had been in development for one year and needed a redesign to meet a new navy requirement that the platforms should be waterproof.

‘The ring itself acts as a wing and it is inherently aerodynamically unstable –although this is controlled in flight –

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Tony Skinner


Tony Skinner

Tony Skinner is Shephard Media's Creative Director, overseeing the strategic direction, content development and project …

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