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Hood Tech Corp-Mechanical, Inc. excels in three areas:

  • FLARES

    Our Flying Launch and Recovery System (FLARES 2.0) has logged over 200 flights while maintaining a perfect safety record dating back to Jan 2019.  FLARES customers demand robustness, readiness and rapid cycle times and our quick-change batteries support these requirements nicely.  FLARES 2.0 achieves small footprint launch and recovery of Tier-2 unmanned air vehicles (UAVs,) without imposing the compromises associated with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) configurations.

  • Aircraft Launchers

    With expertise not limited to VTOL applications, Hood Tech Mechanical has built ground-based launch systems, including Superwedge, Superwedge HP and Mark 4, for unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) since the 1990s.

  • Testing

    Hood Tech Mechanical maintains both wind tunnel and  zip line testing facilities for pre-flight qualification of a wide range of UAS payload, avionics and propulsion hardware, simulating launch and flight conditions (especially acceleration).

Hood Tech Mechanical complements its products with a full range of services to support them and their associated aircraft, from pre-flight test qualification of aircraft to training DVDs for the launch systems.  Hood Tech Mechanical engineering services include: