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US Army catches ‘air-launched effect’ drones in mid-air using another UAV

The US Army for the first time caught and recovered Area-I Altius “air-launched effects” drones in mid-air using a quadcopter during Project Convergence exercises in August and September.

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Future aviation capability tightens kill chain at Project Convergence

Partnering helicopters and unmanned aircraft just a few years ago meant that a pilot could control a drone to fly ahead to conduct reconnaissance. Maybe it meant a pilot could control payloads or even the weapon systems on that drone.But at Project Convergence at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, this month, manned-unmanned teaming took on a far more advanced meaning.

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FLARES: Launch a Drone from Another Drone

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with Cory Roeseler of HoodTech about the company's FLARES launch system, which can transform small, fixed-wing military drones into VTOL platforms without compromising flight endurance. An acronym for “Flying Launch And Recovery System,” FLARES employs a large, battery-powered multirotor to lift the fixed-wing platform to altitude and provide it with some initial forward momentum, before releasing it into forward flight.

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Flares 2.0 Establishes Low-Gee Skyhook Record

Hood Tech staff noted record-low capture loads for a fixed-wing aircraft recovery from free-flight.  The instrumented aircraft reported peak span-wise acceleration of 2.5 gees as it slowed from 29.5m/s (57.3 knot) closing speed.  That’s roughly a 4-fold reduction compared to traditional Skyhook methods.

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FLARES 2.0 Demonstrates VTOL Operations in a Forest Clearing

“We selected the test site specifically for its challenging topography, with obstacles in all directions” stated Hood Tech Test Engineer, Cory Roeseler, “That clearing is too small for traditional fixed-wing UAV launch and recovery methods.  It is nicely surrounded by tall trees. VTOL was needed, and we were pleased with the way FLARES performed.  We launched and recovered a clean aircraft, fully-capable of its original design intent, not a hideous contraption overloaded with VTOL claptrap.”

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Hood Tech Upgrades Flying Launch and Recovery System (FLARES 2.0)

Originally sized with comfortable margin when handling a 25kg ScanEagle, Hood Tech has recently extended the capacity of its Flying Launch and Recovery System (FLARES) to handle aircraft weighing up to 45kg. This capacity includes all existing ScanEagle/ScanEagle3 variants.

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